Mass Mentoring Partnership’s (MMP) Quality-Based Membership initiative (QBM), launched in 2009, is a first-in-the-nation process created to promote high-quality best practices among Massachusetts youth mentoring programs. Now being replicated nationally, membership components are based on The Elements of Effective Practice. This free process acknowledges what programs are doing well. Membership:
- Provides a meaningful “indicator of quality”
- Benchmarks program practices against national standards of excellence
- Demonstrates program commitment to excellence to potential mentors, funders, parents, and community partners
QBM also helps youth mentoring programs identify practice areas that could be improved. MMP provides support throughout the process to help programs achieve the highest level of membership, Partner. With all of our services and resources dedicated to programs in membership, we encourage Massachusetts mentoring programs to become members. As of October 2014, there are more than 250 member programs at the Affiliate, Associate Partner, or Partner member levels.
Benefits of Membership
Benefits vary depending on the level of membership, and may include eligibility for MMP grants, mentor referrals, discounts on registration for MMP trainings and workshops, priority for in-kind donations of admissions, tickets and match activities, a listing in MMP’s online program directory, and more.
Some benefits previously available to non-member programs in our database shifted exclusively to programs in membership. Benefit changes for programs include:
- Mentor referrals – Programs must be at least an Affiliate Member in order to participate in mentor recruitment campaigns and receive mentor referrals.
- Match activities – Programs must be at least an Affiliate in order to receive match activity tickets and special opportunities connected to match activity events. Associate Partners or Partner members may receive priority in some instances.
- Highland Street Corps Ambassadors of Mentoring – Programs must be at least an Affiliate in order to host an Ambassador of Mentoring.
- MMP financial resources – For many of MMP’s financial resources, programs must be at least an Associate Partner in order to apply for key grants and resources. See our Financial and In-Kind Resources page for further details.
- TAP – Affiliate level members or above can apply for dedicated, no-cost technical assistance through MMP’s Technical Assistance Project (TAP). Learn more about this capacity building resource here: http://massmentors.org/content/technical-assistance-project-tap
- Trainings - Affiliate level members receive a discount on any MMP Calendar Trainings. Partner level members receive four training vouchers to attend any MMP workshop free of charge. Information in regards to our trainings can be found here.
Levels of Membership
Mentoring programs can pursue three different levels of Quality-Based Membership:
- Partner: Partner members are formal youth mentoring programs and organizations that have completed a program self-assessment to benchmark their program practices. Partners demonstrate adherence to designated standards, have completed all other requirements for membership and MMP support is completed.
- Associate Partner: Associate Partner members are formal youth mentoring programs and organizations that have been in operation for at least one year. In addition, they are either in the process of conducting a program self-assessment, or have completed the self-assessment and are actively working to meet designated standards. MMP provides training and customized technical assistance to support programs throughout the process.
- Affiliate: MMP's basic level. Affiliate members represent a broad range of program models, including those that are newly established within a larger non-profit agency or school, small and/or grassroots mentoring initiatives, or more formal programs that simply need an entry point for membership with MMP.
Check out the more than 200 Massachusetts programs and organizations in membership.
MMP has made the membership process straightforward and easy to follow. Here are the three steps for getting started:
- Before you submit an application, preview it here or request a copy from MMP (see contact information below).
- All programs start with the application and check the affiliate level regardless of desired membership level.
- If you are eligible and are interested in working towards the highest level of membership, Partner, you will receive email instructions from MMP on the next steps, including completion of the self-assessment. Preview the self-assessment questionnaire.
- 4. Please view our webinar for Formal Mentoring Programs!
For more information, please contact Nate Baum or Janeen Smith, managers of training and technical assistance, at nbaum [at] massmentor [dot] org or jsmith [at] massmentors [dot] org.