Mass Mentoring Partnership to Distribute $425K
November 7, 2014 Mass Mentoring Partnership, a Boston-based nonprofit that is working to expand quality mentoring for youth across the state, recently announced that it will distribute nearly $400,000 to support 31 mentoring programs, and recently awarded $25,000 to three youth development nonprofits.
The grants, funded by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, will, for the first time, be awarded through a two-year grant cycle to enable programs to develop programmatic plans that support growth, innovation and sustainability.
Mass Mentoring Partnership
(MMP) said the grants create and support 1,125 matches, 125 more than last year.
Awarded funding is intended to help grow or improve programming, and improve attitude towards school by the mentees and is described as being unique in its use of private-sector support, as grantees are required to match, dollar-for-dollar, the total amount awarded with cash or in-kind resources.
We are grateful to invest in more matches with this funding this year, MMP President and CEO Marty Martinez said. With the change to a two-year grant cycle, were also helping programs be more strategic in their approach to supporting young people and their communities.
The programs receiving funding for the 2014-16 grant period are:
- Adoption & Foster Care Mentoring Greater Boston
- African Community Education - Worcester
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Lowell
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampden County
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay Cape Cod
- Big Friends Little Friends Fall River
- Big Friends Little Friends Merrimack Valley
- Big Sister Association of Greater Boston
- Boston Partners in Education
- Brockton Christian Mentoring Initiative
- Catholic Charities South Boston T.E.A.M.
- Child Care of the Berkshires
- Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative
- EV (Earthen Vessels) Greater Boston
- Falmouth Volunteers in Public Schools
- Generations Incorporated Greater Boston
- Girls, Inc. of Lynn
- Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters
- John Andrew Mazie Memorial Foundation Framingham/Waltham
- LUK, Inc. Fitchburg
- Melrose Alliance Against Violence
- Old Colony YMCA - Brockton
- Partners for Youth with Disabilities Greater Boston
- Quincy Asian Resources Incorporated
- Railroad Street Youth Project Great Barrington
- SMILES Fall River and New Bedford
- Springfield School Volunteers
- Taunton Area School to Career
MMP Awards $25K to Three Youth Development Nonprofits
MMP last month awarded $25,000 to three nonprofitsone on Cape Cod and two in Bostonthat focus on youth development.
The awards were made from James G. Connolly Tribute Fund, which has distributed nearly $90,000 since it was established in 1990.
The programs, which will use their funding to support additional youth in empowering relationships, were:
- The Boys and Girls Club of Cape Cod, Mashpee $8,000 to serve 40 more youth.
- The Multicultural Dropout Outreach Collaborative, Dorchester $8,000 to support 10 new youth and implement their Get Smart training with matches to combat racism.
- Earthen Vessels, Dorchester $9,000 to expand into the Harbor Point neighborhood of Dorchester and serve 30 more youth.