In a few short weeks, Governor Charlie Baker will release the first draft of the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) State Budget. This is the first time we will see which line items Governor Baker prioritizes.
What's a Line Item?
A line item is an allotment of money that the Governor, the House, and the Senate give to certain accounts to fund specific government entities. At MMP, we are advocating for the Mentoring Matching Grants line item to be funded at $750,000 for FY19.
About the Mentoring Matching Grants Line Item
The Mentoring Matching Grants line item (7061-9634) is a statewide, competitive grant program designed to create and support mentoring matches, and the only state funding dedicated to mentoring. The line item leverages private funding through a dollar-for-dollar match requirement and is administered by Mass Mentoring Partnership.
Over the last 17 years, this investment has supported over 10,000 mentor matches and achieved many positive outcomes for youth, such as improved attitude towards school and classroom behavior, increases in self confidence, self efficacy and positive attitude about the future.
After MMP's year-long advocacy efforts for an increase, Governor Baker signed the final FY18 budget with the Mentoring Matching Grants funded at $475,000, marking a $25,000 decrease from the previous fiscal year.
Raise Your Voice With Us
Mass Mentoring Partnership believes that every young person has the right to high-quality developmental relationships, and it is the responsibility of stakeholders in communities across the Commonwealth to help meet the needs of youth. This year MMP is advocating for the Mentoring Matching Grants line item to be funded at $750,000. Use the tool on your right to contact your Massachusetts Representatives and Senators today!
Find out more about the Massachusetts budget process and the Mentoring Matching Grants line item here!