Connolly Tribute Fund awards presented to three youth-serving organizations

Maureen Connolly, James Connolly, and Colin Connolly

Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP), a statewide organization fueling the movement to expand empowering youth-adult relationships across Massachusetts, has awarded the Boys and Girls Club of Cape Cod, the Multicultural Dropout Outreach Collaborative and EV (Earthen Vessels) with the fifth-annual James G. Connolly Tribute Fund award.

Since 2010, the James G. Connolly Tribute Fund has awarded close to $90,000 to nine youth development organizations across the state and one individual mentee for her educational pursuits.The fund was established in January 2010 in memory of MMP’s Board Chair Jim Connolly, to celebrate Jim's volunteer leadership, belief in mentoring, and service to the organization.

The awards were presented Oct. 14 at an event recognizing the fifth anniversary of the Connolly Tribute Fund.

The programs will use their funding to support additional youth in empowering relationships:

  • The Boys and Girls Club of Cape Cod will use its $8,000 award to serve 40 more youth
  • The Multicultural Dropout Outreach Collaborative in Dorchester will use its $8,000 award to support 10 new youth and implement their “Get Smart” training with matches to combat racism
  • EV will use its $9,000 award to expand into the Harbor Point neighborhood of Dorchester and serve 30 more youth 

This year, the fund’s focus was to enhance and expand mentoring programs that support youth in Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, or the communities of Cape Cod and the Islands.

“We are proud to invest in these three terrific organizations and enable them to reach more youth in need in these key communities. The James G. Connolly Tribute Fund made this all possibly and for that I am grateful,” said MMP President and CEO Marty Martinez.   

About the Boys and Girls Club of Cape Cod

The mission of the Boys and Girls Club of Cape Cod is to provide a safe place to inspire and enable all young people on Cape Cod to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. www.boysgirlsclubcapecod.org

About the Multicultural Dropout Outreach Collaborative

The Multicultural Dropout Outreach Collaborative (MDOC) is a working group formed to respond to the high dropout rate in the Boston Public Schools and the consequences this has on youth and families in our communities. www.freedomhouse.com/mdoc

About EV (Earthen Vessels)

EV empowers youth from Boston’s inner city with the skills and confidence needed to realize their potential. www.evkids.org

About Mass Mentoring Partnership

Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) is fueling the movement to expand empowering youth-adult relationships to meet the needs of communities across Massachusetts. MMP serves more than 200 mentoring programs statewide supporting 30,000 youth in mentoring relationships. www.massmentors.org