FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 21, 2017
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Jaclyn Barbarow 617-297-7887
Amid Budget Cuts, Boston-Based EVkids Level-Funded for FY2018
Mass Mentoring Partnership closes gap for Mentoring Matching Grant line item by $25,000
BOSTON – EVkids was spared a 5% cut from their FY18 Mentoring Matching Grant award last month. Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP), a statewide organization fueling the movement to expand empowering youth-adult relationships across Massachusetts, used private funds to close a gap of the state’s final FY18 budget cutting the Mentoring Matching Grants from $500,000 to $475,000. Through the use of private operational funds, MMP was able to close the funding gap. EVkids is one of 32 mentoring programs throughout the Commonwealth to receive a Mentoring Matching Grant award for the FY2017-18 cycle.
Serving as the only state funding dedicated to mentoring, the Mentoring Matching Grants line item (7061-9634) is a competitive grant program designed to create and support mentoring matches. Over the last 17 years, this investment has supported over 10,000 mentor matches and in achieved many positive outcomes for youth, such as improved attitude towards school and classroom behavior, increases in self confidence, self efficacy and positive attitude about the future. Since EVkids began receiving support through this line item, the organization has doubled the number of youth it serves every year.
“Boston youth grow up in the shadow of some of the world’s greatest institutions of higher learning, and yet few get the support they need to be part of that success,” said Eric Thompson, EVkids Executive Director. “MMP’s funding has a direct impact on connecting low-income youth with brighter futures.”
Mass Mentoring Partnership believes that every young person has the right to access high-quality developmental relationships, and it is the responsibility of stakeholders in communities across the Commonwealth to help meet the needs of youth. In this two-year grant cycle, Mass Mentoring Partnership will continue to build relationships with legislators in the House and the Senate to raise visibility on the importance of this funding.
“The state has cut critical funds to mentoring,” MMP President and CEO, Marty Martinez, said. “We had to step up to make sure that more youth do not end up on wait lists like the thousands of young people from Boston to the Berkshires who are already in need.”
To learn more about the Mentoring Matching Grants line item, please visit: massmentors.org/advocacy .
EVkids is a Boston nonprofit that works with 95 inner-city youth from 4th grade through high school to help them succeed in school and life. Children and teens from Dorchester and Roxbury are matched with university students for 1-on-1, multi-year tutoring and mentoring that prepares them for college. Family engagement, school advocacy, and a summer camp in Vermont add to ongoing mentoring relationships to create a strong community of support. Since 2007, 100% of EVkids high school seniors have gone on to college.
About Mass Mentoring Partnership
Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) is fueling the movement to expand empowering youth-adult relationships to meet the needs of communities across Massachusetts. MMP serves more than 250 programs statewide supporting over 33,000 youth in quality relationships. We work with mentoring programs and youth development organizations to assess programmatic needs and organizational capacity to provide customized strategies that strengthen youth, families, and communities. www.massmentors.org