National Impact Community: Boston, MA

Mass Mentoring Partnership, Inc.

About the Applicant

Mass Mentoring Partnership, founded in 1992, fuels the movement to expand empowering youth-adult relationships across Massachusetts. They believe all young people have the right to have positive developmental relationships to reach their full potential. The Partnership serves over 275 mentoring and youth development programs, supporting more than 35,000 young people in mentoring relationships. They assess programmatic needs and organizational capacity and provide customized strategies that empower youth, families, and communities.

About the Project

Mass Mentoring Partnership will work as the backbone organization for this initiative, in collaboration with the MBK Boston, Youth Options Unlimited, Boston Public Schools, and subgrantee programs. Together, they will mobilize citizens across Boston, connect them to evidence-based mentoring organizations that will train mentors and match them with mentees. The Partnership will work with mentoring programs to achieve measurable, tangible impact; build up the mentoring pipeline; and seek to provide boys and young men of color with access to real college and career opportunities to significantly reduce the school-to-prison pipeline.

The program implementation will focus on three tiers. First, the Partnership will engage existing mentoring providers with culturally relevant training and technical assistance. Second, they will focus on youth who are at risk of chronic absenteeism or dropping out of Boston Public Schools by implementing programs at five Boston Public Schools (one of the programs, Success Mentors, led to an average increase of two weeks of school per year among chronically absent students). Third, the Partnership will adapt a credible messenger mentoring program called ARCHES into its existing programming to focus on youth who have been involved in the criminal justice system (The ARCHES program in New York cut participation reconviction rates to half those of their peers).

Key Implementation Partners

  • MBK Boston
  • Youth Options Unlimited
  • Boston Public Schools – Office of Opportunity Gaps
  • City of Boston – Office of Public Safety
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