MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership
For more than 20 years, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) has been the lead champion for youth mentoring in the United States. MENTOR helps children by providing a public voice, developing and delivering resources to mentoring programs nationwide and promoting quality for mentoring through standards, cutting-edge research and state of the art tools. MENTOR works closely with State Mentoring Partnerships and more than 5,000 mentoring programs and volunteer centers throughout the country, serving more than three million children in all 50 states. There are currently 18 million children in the United States who want and need a mentor, but only three million have one. MENTOR’s mission is to close that gap so that every one of those 15 million children has a caring adult in their life.
MENTOR serves young people between the ages of 6 and 18, and its work over the last two decades has helped millions of young people find the support and guidance they need to build productive and meaningful lives.
As an urban institution in a vibrant city, UMass Boston brings scholarship on youth mentoring and a 25 year legacy of accomplishment in creating and sustaining pre-college achievement programs for underserved and at risk urban populations. Indeed, over half of its undergraduates are first generation college students for whom UMass Boston is a vital link to influential mentors and opportunities. As such, UMass Boston advances MENTOR’s essential commitment to reaching underserved populations while providing an ideal laboratory for mentoring research. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently rated the UMass Boston’s psychology department as among the top 10 most productive in the country, and the highly-competitive clinical psychology Ph.D. program accepts fewer than 5% of its applicants. It is considered the jewel in UMass’ crown for its ability to attract top scholars and students and its focus on disadvantaged and minority populations. The program received the American Psychological Association’s Suinn Minority Achievement Award “for demonstrated excellence in the recruitment, retention and graduation of ethnic minority students.”