Mass Mentoring Partnership’s Quality-Based Membership program, formally launched in 2009, was created to promote high-quality best practices among youth mentoring programs operating in Massachusetts. Membership components are based on The Elements of Effective Practice, the national research and best practices guide, and were reviewed by an advisory committee comprised of mentoring program executive directors, funders, and recognized researchers from the field of mentoring.
Our goal is to continue to reach out to Massachusetts programs to become members, and longer-term, have every program we interact with become a member of MMP - with all of our services and resources targeted to those programs. Effective January 2012, only programs that are members will receive benefits from Mass Mentoring, including mentor referrals, match activities, access to MMP grants, discounts to trainings, and more. As of October 2013, there are more than 200 member programs at the Affiliate, Associate Partner, or Partner member levels.
Quality-Based Membership (QBM) with MMP is a free, nationally studied process for Massachusetts youth mentoring programs to acknowledge and receive recognition for what they are doing well.
Created in part because programs and funders requested an objective way to assess program quality, QBM also helps youth mentoring programs identify practice areas that could be more effective. MMP provides support throughout the process to help programs achieve the highest partner level.
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 access to an exclusive section of the web site.
Some benefits previously available to non-member programs in our database shifted exclusively to programs in membership. Benefit changes for programs include:
MMP is excited to promote high-quality standards in Quality-Based Membership and identify even more resources available to programs in membership.
Mentoring programs can pursue three different levels of Quality-Based Membership:
Check out the more than 200 Massachusetts programs and organizations in membership.
Complete and submit the application online. All programs start with the application and check the affiliate level regardless of desired membership level.
How do I start the process?
All programs start by completing the online membership application or ask for a hard copy from MMP staff.
Is there a cost?
Every level of membership is free. MMP’s services to help you through membership are free. Services may include program staff attending a regularly scheduled MMP training, materials to review, or one-on-one technical assistance with a MMP staff member.
What if I only want to be an Affiliate member?
Some programs may be eligible for Associate Partner level, but choose to remain as an Affiliate. The choice is yours and you can change your mind at any time.
What if I only want to be an Associate Partner?
Programs are not allowed to stay as an Associate member – this level is considered the stepping stone to becoming a Partner member and is only used for programs that are working on the self-assessment or work plan. There is a four-month limit to being an Associate Partner.
Are there any benefits available to an Associate Partner that are different than the basic Affiliate member level?
Yes, certain grants and match activities are announced for availability for only Associate Partner and Partner members.
What if I want to be a Partner member?
Programs must complete the “road to membership” to become a Partner member.
Does a program have to complete every question on the self-assessment before submitting it for review by MMP?
No, MMP prefers that programs only complete the questions that the program can provide documents for and questions which the program currently has practices, policies or procedures in place. The role of MMP is to guide the program through the questions that are left unanswered or answered questions that need strengthening in some way. The goal is to meet the standards of The Elements of Effective Practice and MMP as incorporated throughout the self-assessment.
What if I am turned down for membership?
If you are turned down for any level of membership, MMP staff will provide you with detailed information on what you need to do to become eligible.
What if I have questions about my program’s eligibility for any of the levels of membership?
Programs are encouraged to contact MMP staff for assistance. Questions are welcome! Support is available at each phase of membership.
For more information, contact Beth Fraster, director of program services, at bfraster (at) massmentors (dot) org or 617.695.2431.
Main office: 75 Kneeland Street, 11th Floor, Boston, MA 02111
P: 617.695.1200 or 1.866.MASS.MENTOR (1.866.627.7636)
Western MA: c/o United Way of Pioneer Valley
1441 Main St., Ste. 147 Springfield, MA 01103
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