Advocacy

Advocacy.jpgMentoring and youth development programs’ voices are vital in helping Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP)  raise awareness about the role that empowering youth-adult relationships play in addressing systemic social problems and garner support at the local, state and federal levels of government. By familiarizing yourself with the steps of the state budget process, learning about policies and initiatives related to mentoring, and building relationships with your community’s legislators and other public officials, you can play a critical role in ensuring that the needs of the field are heard – and met.

 

State

Budget Advocacy

On April 10, 2017, The House Ways and Means Committee put forward the first version of the House Budget. Mass Mentoring Partnership requested $750,000 for the Mentoring Matching Grants line item (7061-9634) for FY18. Unfortunately, the Mentoring Matching Grant was only funded at $400,000.

Our House champion, Rep. Smitty Pignatelli, filed Amendment #21 requesting the line item be increased to our requested amount of $750,000. We need your help getting co-sponsors and rallying support to secure much needed resources to expand mentoring services to all the young people in our Commonwealth who need them. 

Legislators only have until start of the debate to gather co-sponsors, so we will need you to act quickly and be strategic in your communication with them. The more leadership hears about the critical need for these funds, the greater the chance we have to achieve the increase. Keep a close eye on your email and/or visit this page for resources to help you in your outreach! To find your legislator, please visit this page

For more information or questions, please contact Chelsea Aquino, Manager of Government Relations, at caquino@massmentors.org

Outreach Resources:

Programs Funded Statewide in FY17

Action Centered Tutoring Services (Springfield) - African Community Education (Worcester) - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central MA/Metrowest - Big Brothers Big Sisters Franklin County - Big Brothers Bog Sisters Greater Lowell - Big Brothers Big Sisters Hampden County - Big Brothers Big Sisters Hampshire County - Big Brothers Big Sisters Mass Bay (Cape Cod) - Big Friends Little Friends (Fall River) - Big Friends Litter Friends (Lawrence) - Big Sister Association of Greater Boston - Boston Partners in Education - Brockton Christian Mentoring Initiative - Child Care of the Berkshires - Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (Boston) - Earthen Vessels (Boston) - Falmouth Volunteers in Public Schools - Generations Inc. (Boston) - Girls Inc of Lynn - LUK (Fitchburg/Worcester) - Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters (Greater Boston) - Melrose Alliance Against Violence - Mazie Memorial Foundation Mentoring Program (Waltham/Framingham) - Old Colony YMCA (Brockton) - Partners for Youth with Disabilities (Greater Boston) - Quincy Asian Resources - Railroad Street Youth Project (Great Barrington) - Raw Art Works (Lynn) - Silver Lining Mentoring (Greater Boston) - SMILES (Fall River/New Bedford) - Springfield School Volunteers - Taunton Area School to Career - South Boston TEAM

A huge thank you to the following legislators for co-signing (as of 04/14/2017):

Amendment #21 to H3600

Mass Mentoring Partnership

Mr. Pignatelli of Lenox moves to amend the bill in section 2, in item 7061-9634, by striking out the figures “400,000” and inserting in place thereof the figures “750,000”.

Chris Walsh -- Jonathan Hecht -- John W. Scibak -- Carole A. Fiola -- Frank I. Smizik -- David T. Vieira -- Denise Provost -- Paul A. Schmid, III -- Aaron Vega -- Kay Khan -- Bud Williams -- Diana DiZoglio -- David Paul Linsky -- Christine P. Barber -- Jose F. Tosado -- Solomon Goldstein-Rose -- Mathew Muratore -- Paul Tucker -- James J. Dwyer -- Tricia Farley-Bouvier -- Shaunna L. O'Connell -- Mary S. Keefe -- Paul Brodeur -- Dylan Fernandes -- Antonio F. D. Cabral -- Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr. -- James M. Cantwell -- Paul McMurtry -- David M. Rogers -- Thomas M. Stanley -- Daniel M. Donahue -- Carlos Gonzalez -- Jay R. Kaufman -- Susannah M. Whipps -- Adrian Madaro -- Josh S. Cutler -- Brian M. Ashe -- Evandro C. Carvalho -- Daniel Cahill -- Linda Dean Campbell -- Frank A. Moran -- Alan Silvia -- Sean Garballey -- Paul R. Heroux -- Carolyn C. Dykema -- Hannah Kane -- Gerard Cassidy -- Gailanne M. Cariddi -- Jeffrey Sánchez -- Lori A. Ehrlich -- David K. Muradian, Jr. -- Juana Matias -- Peter V. Kocot -- Stephan Hay -- Michelle M. DuBois -- Chynah Tyler -- Russell E. Holmes -- Elizabeth A. Malia

 

Legislation Advocacy

Mass Mentoring Partnership’s priority bill, House 4011, An Act Relative to Dropout Prevention, calls on the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop and administer a 3-year pilot program for dropout prevention and recovery programs for school districts with annual dropout rates greater than the state average.

A key component of this bill includes graduation coaches, professionals with youth development and academic support expertise providing the target population with graduation plans including academic, career, and postsecondary goals. Graduation coaches shall also provide follow-up support to complete the graduation plans, navigate academic requirements, engage families, overcome socio-emotional barriers and secure appropriate social services. 

We know that mentoring has a significant impact on two early indicators of high school drop-out: high levels of absenteeism and recurring behavior problems in school. Youth in mentoring relationships are less likely to skip school and are more likely to present better attitudes and behaviors at school and attend college than their peers.

For every dollar spent on empowering youth mentoring relationships, there is a return of $2.72 through projected increases in lifetime earnings and dollars saved through reduced juvenile delinquency and crime, and youth engagement in risky behaviors such as drug, alcohol and tobacco use

We need your help advocating for the release of H.4011 from the House Ways and Means Committee!

Call or email the chair and vice chairs of the House Ways and Means Committee and ask them to release H.4011 from their committee!

Chairman Dempsey: 617-722-2990, Brian.Dempsey@mahouse.gov

Vice Chairman Kulik: 617-722-2380, Stephen.Kulik@mahouse.gov

View our bill fact sheet here. For any additional questions, contact MMP’s Manager of Government Relations and Public Policy, Chelsea Aquino, at caquino@massmentors.org.

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National

Massachusetts Mentoring Agenda

In an effort to both educate the Massachusetts congressional delegation on the national priorities of the youth mentoring field in Massachusetts and rally their support, Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) drafted the Massachusetts Mentoring Agenda. The Massachusetts Mentoring Agenda, which was adapted from the national legislative priorities established by MENTOR, urges each member of the delegation to:

  • Advocate for policies and funding approaches that expand quality mentoring in Massachusetts
  • Support funding for juvenile mentoring grants in the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention at the $100 million level
  • Co-sponsor the Child Protection Improvements Act
  • Support the inclusion of mentoring in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)
  • Become a champion for youth mentoring by joining the House Mentoring Caucus, and supporting commemorations of National Mentoring Month each January

Child Protection Improvements Act

The Child Protection Improvements Act (CPIA) has passed through the Senate Judiciary Committee and now faces the Senate Floor action. Visit the MENTOR website for more information.