Welcome inaugural Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll inductee Bank of America

B of A primaryMass Mentoring is launching the inaugural Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll to recognize Massachusetts businesses of all sizes that are strengthening communities through engagement of employee, financial, and in-kind resources. In late 2013, we invited businesses and mentoring programs to nominate a company for the Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll. The honorees are being recognized at the Jan. 14 Corporate Mentoring Summit at State Street during National Mentoring Month, and in conjunction with the Summit we will be rolling out an inductee in the days around the event. Today's post recognizes Bank of America, which was nominated by Mass Mentoring.

Bank of America and Mass Mentoring partner to develop and strengthen mentoring programs to effectively serve children in need of a quality mentoring relationship. Together, we are driving more youth to be academically, socially and emotionally ready to pursue higher education or enter the workforce.

[caption id="attachment_1392" align="alignright" width="300"]President of Bank of America Massachusetts Robert Gallery at the 2012 Partner Member Summit President of Bank of America Massachusetts Robert Gallery at the 2012 Partner Member Summit[/caption]

Bank of America and Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) share the mutual goal of building an educated and prepared workforce, and have identified that a key gap to that goal is the gap of caring, adult mentors who can provide youth with the guidance, support, and knowledge needed to excel. Bank of America recognizes that through mentoring, young people can develop the real-world interpersonal and problem solving skills they need as they set out on an educational or professional career path that will enable them to better themselves, their families and their communities.

We have partnered to match and align the needs of the field of mentoring with MMP's strengths and capabilities and the financial, in-kind, volunteer and board resources Bank of America provides. With Bank of America’s support, MMP serves mentoring organizations across the state and focuses our work in areas where mentoring is needed most geographically, with underserved populations and in targeted programmatic areas.

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The partnership with Bank of America improves workforce development by improving the quality of mentoring programs to better serve youth in need, to increase mentor recruitment, especially mentors of color, and to promote the success of mentoring as a positive youth development, education and career readiness strategy. Bank of America and Mass Mentoring also partner to raise the profile of these efforts to strengthen the position of mentoring as a critical strategy to impact our communities in need through media opportunities with senior executives such as Robert Gallery and community and networking events throughout the state with local Bank of America representatives.

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Bank of America is committed to helping to fuel the mentoring movement across Massachusetts. Specifically, they have provided guidance and resources such as:

  • Helping us hold an inaugural Partner Member Summit to build a common agenda with our Partner programs to help advance and continue to grow the field
  • Sponsorship of our program networking lunches, enabling program staff to attend for free
  • Match activity opportunities to concerts, sporting events, museums, and more for mentoring programs to give their matches

Additionally, Bank of America executives are board members at mentoring programs like Big Sister Association of Greater Boston and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central MA/Metrowest, and many of their employees serve as mentors.

Bank of America's support of MMP and the mentoring field is so strong that we were honored by the Boston Business Journal in 2013 as a Corporate Citizenship Summit Partner of the Year. By partnering together, Bank of America and Mass Mentoring are able to strengthen communities and workforce development through quality mentoring, driving more youth to be academically, socially and emotionally ready to pursue higher education or enter the workforce.

Congratulations to Bank of America being named to the Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll. To learn about all the companies being recognized, join us at the Corporate Mentoring Summit on Jan. 14. Click here to RSVP.