December 13, 2019
Nonprofits Get $1.8M for Youth Leadership Training, Mentoring

October 29, 2019 — Project 351 gets $1M grant to advance eighth graders as community leaders... Nonprofits statewide get more than $800K for youth mentoring.

Project 351 Gets $1M Grant to Advance Eighth Graders as Community Leaders

Project 351, a Boston-based nonprofit that seeks to develop eighth graders as community service leaders from each of the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts, recently was awarded a grant of $1 million to advance its work.

The grant was the largest made to date by the Martin Richard Foundation (MRF), which was established to honor 8-year-old Martin Richard, who was one of three people killed by bombs at the 2013 Boston Marathon.

Denise Richard, Martin’s mother and the foundation’s co-founder, said, “As we have partnered with Project 351 over the past five years, we have been inspired by their unique approach to motivating and developing young leaders through service across the Commonwealth," The Boston Globe reported. “We know this grant will support their work not only in developing eighth graders, but also the Project 351 alumni who are so committed to moving forward as upstanders and change makers for our world.”

“MRF and Project 351 share a common belief in the unlimited potential of young people to uplift and unite communities,” said Carolyn Casey, the founder and executive director of Project 351, quoted by The Globe. “Their extraordinary investment will be transformative for our partnership to build a movement of youth-led service, defined by the values of kindness, compassion, and inclusion.”

Project 351 was formed in 2011 by then Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick as a one-day, statewide celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nonprofits Statewide Get More than $800K for Youth Mentoring

Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP), a Boston-based nonprofit that supports and advances youth-adult relationships across the state, announced that 43 nonprofits will share in $868,900 in matching grants it recently awarded.

MMP said the grants, funded by the legislature, "will create and support more than 3,200 high-quality mentor and mentee matches."

In addition to building the capacity of mentoring programs statewide, MMP said the funding increase will enable MMP to expand its dropout prevention pilot program in schools with high rates of chronic absenteeism.

Each of 46 organizations, including public schools, received an average of $18,889.

Jennifer Webster, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County, based in Greenfield, said, “Our partnership with Mass Mentoring provides us with much-needed funding, for which we are grateful, but they also provide us with trainings, technical assistance, and knowledge sharing to help develop the highest-quality mentoring programs for Franklin County."

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