Creating connections through mentorship

Jan 26, 2015

Bank of America and MassMentoring Partnership (MMP) have been partnering since 2005 to help young people across Massachusetts reach their full potential. MMP serves more than 200 mentoring programs statewide supporting 30,000 youth through training, technical assistance, networking, professional development and mentor recruitment campaigns.

The collaboration between Bank of America and MassMentoring is not limited to philanthropic funding. Providing in-kind support for mentor-mentee matches, such as museum and concert outings, enables relationships to develop through shared experiences. In 2012, more than 25,000 of our employees participated in mentoring, providing over 210,000 hours of service across the company.

Most recently, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation provided MMP with a $75,000 grant that will enable the organization to continue developing effective programs across Massachusetts.

By partnering together, Bank of America and MassMentoring are able to strengthen communities and workforce development through quality mentoring, driving more youth to be academically, socially and emotionally ready to pursue higher education or enter the workforce.

Marty Martinez
President and CEO of MMP

"By partnering together, Bank of America and MassMentoring are able to strengthen communities and workforce development through quality mentoring, driving more youth to be academically, socially and emotionally ready to pursue higher education or enter the workforce," said Marty Martinez, president and CEO of MMP.

Advocating for mentoring and the role it plays in creating successful connections is a shared priority, which is why Bank of America and Mass Mentoring recently co-authored an op-ed urging the business community to support mentoring programs that help young people develop the real-world interpersonal and problem-solving skills necessary to build careers.

Mentoring has been proven to make a positive impact in the lives of young people. Students with mentors are more likely to go on to college and possess the personal responsibility skills needed to succeed in a job. They have overall better attitudes about themselves and their futures, which position them to contribute to safer, stronger, more vibrant communities.

“I have no hesitation talking to any other business leader and encouraging them to spend some time with MassMentoring, if they’re not already engaged,” said Bob Gallery, Massachusetts President for Bank of America. “They will give them what they’ve given us, which is a window, an opportunity, a linkage into the communities throughout the Commonwealth where there are young people who really need what MassMentoring can provide, and in turn, what their corporate partners can bring.”

Bank of America is proud to have been named to MMP’s Inaugural Corporate Honor Roll, and to have the partnership recognized as a “best in class” collaboration by the Boston Business Journal.

 

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