Centerboard announced it has been awarded a Mentoring Matching Grant of $7,500 from Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP), a statewide organization fueling the movement to expand empowering youth-adult relationships in Massachusetts. Centerboard is one of 37 mentoring programs throughout the Commonwealth to receive a Mentoring Matching Grant.
Funding for the grants stems from the Massachusetts FY19 budget, where it was funded at $750,000, through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. This represents a 50% increase in state funding over the previous year. Since 2009, MMP has awarded more than $4 million in Mentoring Matching Grants to youth serving organizations throughout Massachusetts. This year’s grants will create and support more than 2,000 high-quality matches statewide. Awarded funding is intended to create or support existing mentoring matches and help to increase positive attitudes toward school. The Mentoring Matching Grants is 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.
The money will be used to help fund Centerboard’s T.R.U.E. Mentor Program. The Teach ONE. Reach ONE. Uplift ONE. Empower ONE (T.R.U.E.) Mentor Program provides academic and social support for boys and young men ages 6 to 18.
“The T.R.U.E. Mentor Program helps our mentees increase their motivation and confidence, set and achieve new goals, give direction to their academic and future career choices while expanding their network, and enables them to unlock their potential and gain leadership roles,” said Mark DeJoie, Centerboard’s CEO.
“We are proud to invest in Centerboard with a Mentoring Matching Grant,” MMP President and CEO Lily Mendez said. “This critical funding will allow Centerboard to create or support existing mentoring matches and help to increase positive attitudes toward school, ensuring youth are given every opportunity to develop into productive, successful adults.”