Meeting Youth Where They Are: Why Social-Emotional Skills and Cultural Responsive Mentoring is Critical for College and Career Readiness

I knew something was off when I couldn’t focus in my courses, the weight of my head was too much to bear, and getting out of bed was increasingly difficult as the days passed. I couldn’t articulate this at the time, but I was suffering from depression. During […]

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Relationships in School Matter

Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) is fueling the movement to expand empowering youth-adult relationships to meet the needs of communities across Massachusetts. MMP serves hundreds of mentoring programs and youth development organizations statewide supporting thousands of youth in mentoring relationships. There are many barriers that contribute to chronic absenteeism […]

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Chelsea Aquino, Manager of Government Relations & Public Policy, Mass Mentoring Partnership
September 27th, 2017
Posted In: Awareness, Campaigns, Education

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2017 September Attendance Awareness Month

This September marks the fifth annual Attendance Awareness Month campaign. This is an opportunity to rally your community, advocates, policymakers, volunteers, funders and supporters around the importance of attendance and its role in academic achievement! To support the goal of increased interest and engagement in school, the week of September […]

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Attendance Works
September 20th, 2017
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A Teacher’s View on Reducing Chronic Absenteeism

Mentors have powerful opportunities to inspire students. This September, as part of the fifth annual Attendance Awareness Month campaign, we will be sharing stories and resources showcasing the power of strong relationships to keep students involved in school. “I missed the bus” or, “My mom said we did not have […]

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Stephen Kostyo, Policy Advisor, Learning Policy Institute and Former Capitol Hill Fellow
September 14th, 2017
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In Real Life Blog Series: Creating Safe Spaces through Mentoring

This December, we are sharing resources, stories, and tips for mentors and mentees to create safe, inclusive spaces for all, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ). This post looks at how one agency—Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware—responded to a real community need […]

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Christian Rummell, Senior Researcher at American Institutes for Research
December 8th, 2016
Posted In: Awareness, Campaigns, Education, In Real Life

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In Real Life Blog Series: Building the Disability Inclusion Pipeline through Mentoring

In the United States, the disability community represents approximately 56.7 million people; roughly 1 in 5 people or 19% of the total population. However, only 59% of youth with disabilities age 18-20 attend post-secondary education compared to 72% of youth without a disability. And in a recent national […]

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Derek Shields, Founder and Co-Chair of the National Disability Mentoring Coalition
December 5th, 2016
Posted In: Awareness, Campaigns, In Real Life