The need for a strong community, especially for our youth, is more significant than ever. We are thrilled to share with you our three 2013 Champions of Mentoring – individuals and organizations that are committed to strengthening our communities through fueling the youth mentoring movement. Our Champions have gone above and beyond to support mentoring and advance our cause to bring more caring adults into the lives of young people. We will share their stories over the next several days, and they will be honored at our Champions of Mentoring Breakfast at Fenway Park on May 24.
The United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley is one of our terrific Champions of Mentoring 2013 honorees. A long-time strong supporter and advocate of mentoring, they provide financial support and resources for more than 30 mentoring organizations across the region. In 2012 alone, they supported almost 7,000 youth in mentoring relationships in communities with the greatest need, making these youth less likely to engage in risky behaviors and more likely to graduate from high school. Many mentoring programs would not be able to perform their greatest work - supporting youth with quality mentoring relationships - without the support of the United Way.
Additionally, the United Way is a vocal advocate in strengthening our community, raising awareness of the need for more mentors and creating collaborations like the Lynn Mentoring Network to enable programs to build the capacity to serve more youth in need.
The United Way has been a strong supporter of Mass Mentoring over the years, helping MMP to provide training and technical assistance to help programs reach higher standards of quality through their Quality-Based Membership process. Through a range of powerful contributions to youth mentoring, the United Way has proven time and time again, that they are committed to helping all youth reach their potential and strengthening communities through quality mentoring and support services.
We are proud to call them Champions of Mentoring on behalf of programs and thousands of matches across the state.