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Homeless Education Resource Network

Mentoring Program

Nurturing and developing kidsí talents

Mpact was created in 2011 to make a difference in the lives of students in transitional housing by pairing them with mentors and providing them with experiences that help to develop good character, enlighten their path and empower their future.

Our mentees are students from grades 5 through 12 (ages 10 to 18). Our mentors are expected to spend at least four hours per month with their mentee. Mentors and mentees can meet at the mentee’s school or on their own in the community. In order to help foster the mentoring relationships the program oers structured activities and trips during the school year. These activities are free.

Activities may include trips to:

  • Museums (e.g. Museum of Fine Arts)
  • Shows and performances (e.g. Urban
    Nutcracker, Blue Man Group)
  • Sports games
  • Ice Skating at the Frog Pond on Boston
    Commons

To learn more about the program, download the Mpact brochure.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor or mentee, please call 617-635-8037 or email mwilliam@boston.k12.ma.us.

To download the mentor application, click here.

To download the mentee application, click here.


Why Mentoring Matters:

Power in Numbers – We estimate that there are currently over 3000 students in the Boston
Public School system experiencing homelessness. Students considered homeless live in
shelters, motels, cars, with friends and relatives, or have no place at all.

Children who are homeless have worse educational outcomes. Students who are
homeless often the lack tools, support, and role models they need to stay and succeed in
school. Because of these barriers, students who are homeless frequently transfer schools, are
50% less likely to graduate, four times more likely to drop out of school and three times more
likely to need special programs.

Mentoring Matters - Mentoring can make a big difference in a student’s life. Adult mentors
provide youth with an experienced friend who is there to help in any number of situations.
Mentors are role models, advocates, friends, and advisors and can help to unlock a student’s
full potential.

Mentoring Works - Many studies show that mentors help young people develop social skills and emotional wellbeing,
improve cognitive skills, and plan for the future. High-quality mentoring also results in
better

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