Mentoring Matching Grant line item funded at $475,000 in Governor Baker's FY 19 Budget
Governor Baker released his budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2019 on Wednesday, January 24th, funding the Mentoring Matching Grant (MMG) line item at $475,000. While it's common for Governor Baker to level-fund line items from the previous fiscal year, this is only the first draft of the FY19 Budget and the Budget will go through many more revisions. From this starting point, it's critical that we collectively advocate for increases in the House and Senate budgets to ensure we see an increase in the FY19 final budget. Your advocacy can help raise funding for youth across the Commonwealth!
With an increase of funding to $750,000, we can provide support to at least 2,000 new and existing youth-adult mentor matches, but we cannot do it without you! Your voice is the most important asset in securing expanded empowerment opportunities for our youth. Enter your address in the tool on the right to find the contact information for your House Representatives and State Senators, and make your voice heard NOW!
Please contact your State Representatives and State Senators to request funding for the Mentoring Matching Grants to be raised to $750,000 in their respective budgets to ensure that budget cuts will not impact the mentoring field. If your legislator is not a members of the House or Senate Ways and Means Committees they can include the Mentoring Matching Grants line item in their priority letter to the chairs.
Over the last 17 years, this state 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.
If you would like more information, please click HERE to learn about the budget process and HERE to learn how you can be an advocate!