Welcome inaugural Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll inductee Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Blue_cross_blue_shield_of_massachusetts_logoMass 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 recognizing Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is compiled from information from Big Sister Association of Greater Boston's Corporate Partner of the Year and Blue Cross's Corporate Citizenship Report 2012.

[caption id="attachment_1406" align="alignright" width="300"]Waseem and Jazeel, a match from the Blue Scholars Program speak at the Youth Mentoring Forum at State Street in 2013 (photo courtesy Scott M. Lacey) Waseem and Jazeel, a match from the Blue Scholars Program speak at the Youth Mentoring Forum at State Street in 2013 (photo courtesy Scott M. Lacey)[/caption]

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts has been an outstanding corporate partner and significant investor in Big Sister for more than a decade. Over the years, this relationship has strengthened not only with an increase in financial support, but with an expansion of employees who volunteer to become Big Sisters, including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts employee and Big Sister, Elly Van Faasen.  Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts actively encourages employees to become Big Sisters, hosts recruitment events for Big Sister, and offers opportunities for professional development to Big Sisters by inviting them to networking events. Each contribution of $1,000 represents one Little Sister we can serve; and throughout our partnership, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts has sponsored nearly 500 Little Sisters.

Senior leadership at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, including current Big Sister Board Member and Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Tim O’Brien and past Big in Boston Event Chair and Senior Vice President of Corporate Relations Fredi Shonkoff, continually validate the work we do and inspire others to give. Most recently, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts partnered with Big Sister for their 2013 and 2012 Blue Crew Service Day. Joined by our staff, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts employees spent the day volunteering at the Franklin Field housing development in Dorchester to improve and enhance the grounds, recreational facilities, and Family Resource Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts’s past, present, and continued devotion to Big Sister makes them our Corporate Partner of the Year.

Blue Scholars 2013Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts has long believed in the power of mentoring. Students gain invaluable educational support, while civic-minded associates showcase their leadership skills. In 2012, 50 associates supported 118 students in greater Boston and on the South Shore, typically during 1.5-hour weekly sessions throughout the academic year. Blue Cross strengthened their relationship with these five organizations:

Big Sister Association at Parker Elementary School, Quincy. Lunchtime was girl time when “Big Sister” volunteers from our Quincy office met up with their “Littles,” at-need girls in grades 2 through 8. Volunteers nurtured the girls’ innate strengths while cultivating confidence and academic success.

Blue Scholars Program with Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, Boston. For the 12th year, associates in our Boston office mentored and supported high-potential students known as “Blue Scholars.” Participants got together weekly for mentoring and monthly for college-prep workshops. Upon completing this multi-year program, students are eligible to apply for a college scholarship from the company.

Junior Ventures at Fenway High School, Boston. Over 15 weeks, high school juniors worked with associates to generate ideas for a new business or service needed in their community, learned how to translate those ideas into real-world business plans, and finally pitched their proposals to a panel of judges composed of associates and business leaders.

Mass Mentoring Partnership at North Quincy High School, Quincy. Each week, volunteer mentors offer encouragement and support to students struggling to succeed academically.

South Shore Stars, Weymouth. In 2012, Blue Cross launched a new mentoring partnership with South Shore Stars, which offers education enrichment and family support services. Associates mentored middle and high school students attending Stars’ after-school programs in Weymouth, Holbrook, Randolph, and Quincy.

Congratulations to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts 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.