Mass Mentoring Partnership

Posted: February 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

“The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves”

Helen Keller

The realization that you can make a significant difference in the life of another with the smallest gesture is so empowering.  As the coach of the 7 education-based charities that comprise the Marathon Coalition, I’ve been so inspired by the countless stories I’ve heard from runners that are so dedicated to mentoring students.  They’ve provided hope to those that have the skills, but not necessarily the support network, to pursue an education and a better life.  I hope that you will view the video of Pat & Justin and read more about Mass Mentoring Partnership and the wonderful work that they do. 

Mass Mentoring Partnership is the only statewide organization solely dedicated to strategically expanding quality youth mentoring in Massachusetts. As the umbrella organization for more than 170 mentoring organizations supporting 23,000 youth in mentoring relationships across the state, MMP supports its network of programs by:

  •  Providing a range of services and support, including training, consultation and volunteer recruitment assistance. Two of MMP’s most comprehensive services are the Quality-Based Membership program, a quality assurance and indicator of quality process for mentoring programs that is now a national model for other state mentoring partnerships; and the Highland Street Corps Ambassadors of Mentoring program, an AmeriCorps program to which start-up and existing mentoring programs can apply to host AmeriCorps members who are co-recruited, co-hired and trained by MMP to help build their host sites’ capacity while enhancing the quantity and quality of mentoring.
  • Securing private and public funding, and advocating for the field. MMP works within the private and public sectors to identify and develop funding streams for mentoring programs, and creates partnerships with other organizations, including long-standing relationships with the Red Sox, Celtics, and Patriots. MMP mobilizes program partners in advocacy campaigns that increase mentoring state and federal budget line items, disseminates frequent updates throughout the budget processes, provides technical assistance for programs applying to public sector grants, and interacts with state government on issues pertaining to mentoring including youth violence prevention, education, public health, and workforce development.
  • Conducting statewide research on the impact of mentoring. The findings from Mass Mentoring Counts, the statewide mentoring survey conducted in conjunction with the UMass Donahue Institute, are used to benchmark the field of mentoring in Massachusetts and inform and guide policy-makers, funders, and practitioners.
  • Developing and managing public awareness and volunteer recruitment campaigns. MMP works with programs to address the need for mentors, managers the state’s only online mentor referral system, develops workplace mentoring programs, and implements high-profile campaigns, including Mentors of Color, the Red Sox Mentoring Challenge, and National Mentoring Month, for which MMP is the state lead. MMP’s extensive media outreach increases the awareness of the important role mentoring plays in strengthening young people and our society.

 Over the past five years, MMP has:

  •  Reached 100 programs in the first year operating its Quality Based-Membership program – a quality assurance and indicator of quality process for mentoring programs that is now a national model for other state mentoring partnerships
  • Increased by 30% the number of youth served in MMP-assisted programs from 2006 to 2010, and aims to double the number of youth served to 40,000 by 2013
  • Engaged and signed on more than 50 mentoring champions in the state legislature, thus retaining funding for mentoring in the 2010 state budget
  • Launched the Red Sox Mentoring Challenge and Mentors of Color recruitment campaigns, referring nearly 1,500 new mentors to programs statewide

Lauren Dean

Manager of Communications & Public Awareness

Mass Mentoring Partnership


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