Recently Governor Charlie Baker released the first draft of the Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) State Budget, level-funding the Mentoring Matching Grants line item at $750,000, an amount we tirelessly fought to receive during the spring and early summer of last year.
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. This year, we are advocating for the Mentoring Matching Grants line item to be funded at $1,000,000 for FY20.
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 unique investment has supported over 10,000 mentor matches and achieved many positive outcomes for youth, such as improved attitude towards school and classroom behavior, increased self confidence, self efficacy and positive attitudes toward the future.
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 $1,000,000. 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!