Alray Joins Mass Mentoring Partnership to Strengthen Mentor-Scholar Relationships

We recognize the critical importance of our mentoring program and its positive impact on our scholars. This year, we entered into an organizational mentoring relationship of our own, working together with the Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) and the Mayor’s Mentoring Movement to improve our practices.

Mass Mentoring is fueling the statewide movement to expand empowering youth-adult relationships. Here, Nate Baum, Manager of Training & Technical Assistance, and Toney Thompson, Recruitment & Partnership Associate, and Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassador of Mentoring talk about mentoring and our relationship.

  1. What appeals to Mass Mentoring about our program?
    Nate and Toney:
    Alray Scholars recognizes the importance of caring adults in the lives of learners who have experienced major life obstacles – all too common for young adults in Boston. Research shows mentoring is effective in supporting older students who have experienced challenges in and after high school, supporting their ability to navigate and succeed in school.
  2. What is mentoring and why does it matter?
    Nate:
    It is a structured and trusting relationship that brings young people together with caring individuals who offer guidance, encouragement and support aimed at developing the competency and character of the mentee. These are caring people who role-model life skills, expand our horizons or help buffer life stressors. Unfortunately, many young people can’t point to a caring adult to provide this level of support and guidance. Programs like Alray Scholars help us close this relationship gap and strengthen our communities.
  3. What is the Mayor’s Mentoring Movement?
    Nate and Toney:
    Alray Scholars recognizes the importance of caring adults in the lives of learners who have experienced major life obstacles – all too common for young adults in Boston. Research shows mentoring is effective in supporting older students who have experienced challenges in and after high school, supporting their ability to navigate and succeed in school.
  4. Why does Alray resonate with potential mentors?
    Toney:
    Many people want to give back to their community but face the barriers of everyday life. Alray’s unique mentoring model gives people flexibility to participate in a mentoring program (on their own time) with youth who have a clear goal – to improve their lives by returning to college. It’s very appealing.