MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
March 11th, 2016
Posted In: Recognition
In July 2015, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) partnered with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to launch the Aspire Mentoring Corps with support from AT&T. An innovative public-private partnership, the Aspire Mentoring Corps was announced in July 2014 with President Barack Obama at an event to celebrate key commitments to the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color, and to ensure that all young people can reach their full potential.
In celebration of AmeriCorps week, MENTOR is recognizing the efforts of the five AmeriCorps VISTA members serving in its Boston office and across its network of affiliate Mentoring Partnerships. In supporting local and national initiatives designed to build the capacity of youth mentoring programs and increase private sector engagement in youth mentoring, Andrew Catanzariti (Host site: MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership), Melissa Seidenberg (Host site: MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership), Midas Hampton (Host site: Mentoring Works Washington), Samantha Sawyer (Host site: Illinois Mentoring Partnership) and Jaye Han (Host site: Mentor New York), have been able to assist in creating sustainable tools, resources and infrastructure that will support each organization’s work for years to come.
Specifically, members of the Aspire Mentoring Corps have helped to advance the mentoring field through the development and delivery of key initiatives, including the National Quality Mentoring System, the Corporate Mentoring Challenge, the National Mentoring Resource Center, the National Mentoring Summit and the In Real Life Campaign.
“Being an AmeriCorps VISTA at MENTOR’s national office has been an incredible experience! I can see firsthand the impact my work has had on quality initiatives, including the National Quality Mentoring System. I am incredibly proud of my work, and would like to thank MENTOR and AmeriCorps VISTA for the opportunity,” Seidenberg said.
MENTOR has long recognized the value of AmeriCorps service and has employed several AmeriCorps alumni in recent years.
AmeriCorps alumna Jennifer Bourgoin considers her service year hugely influential in helping her decide to accept an offer at MENTOR’s national office.
“Being an AmeriCorps member hugely impacted the trajectory of my career. I met so many amazing volunteers, fellow AmeriCorps members and professional contacts that changed how I thought about nonprofits and community service. My service year definitely encouraged me to continue my career in the nonprofit sector,” Bourgoin said.
MENTOR would like to thank AT&T and CNCS for their collaboration in launching the Aspire Mentoring Corps. We are extremely excited by the passion and enthusiasm of our AmeriCorps VISTA members, and look forward to their continued efforts throughout the remainder of their service year.