Fields: policy, education, youth, advocacy, government
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
About the Organization: Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) is fueling the movement to expand empowering youth-adult relationships to meet the needs of communities across Massachusetts. MMP has a rich history of catalytic involvement in the start-up and sustainability of quality mentoring programs, the execution of high-visibility mentor recruitment campaigns, and the attraction of increased public and private resources to the mentoring field. MMP currently has more than 270+ diverse programs in its network, which serve more than 33,000 youth in mentoring relationships.
MMP is a small staff working in a high leverage environment, mobilizing resources on behalf of mentoring programs diverse in target populations, geography, scope and organizational development. Its organizational culture is responsive to innovation, and rich with learning and opportunities for professional development.
About the Position: The Government Relations Fellow will work with the CEO and Government Relations Manager to execute public policy and advocacy campaigns to benefit the youth mentoring field, and to track budget and policy activity on the federal and local level relevant to mentoring programs and developmental relationships. Responsibilities for the Fellow will include but not be limited to policy research, supporting advocacy campaign and grassroots organizing, and other duties as assigned. The Fellow will be responsible for overseeing 3-4 high school students on the Youth Leadership Council, but should remain in close communication with the Government Relations Manager in order to best proceed with advocacy campaigns and mobilization of the youth advocates and other advocacy contacts.
The goal of the fellowship is to engage young adults, particularly high school aged students, in the Boston-area to engage in public policy initiatives specifically around the need for social-emotional supports in public schools for dropout prevention, our primary public policy goal. We hope to provide youth in Boston tools to empower themselves and their peers, educate them on the power of youth-adult relationships in school settings, and learn how the Mass Mentoring Partnership can promote positive relationships for high-school students. The Fellowship position would have an expected commitment through the end of May 2019.
- Completed Bachelor’s Degree or current Graduate-level student
- Experience with managing or working with high-school-aged youth preferred
- High level of professionalism and a go-getter attitude
- Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
- Experience coordinating and prioritizing multiple projects within a deadline-driven environment.
- Resourceful and creative team player
- Experience with and interest in working with diverse people and efforts and eagerness to celebrate that diversity and that of the communities we serve
- Excellent people skills and ability to juggle multiple priorities with competence, grace, and humor.
Estimated Salary: $15 per hour / 15 hours per week / Expected to start in September and continue through May.
Deadline: August 31, 2018
Mass Mentoring Partnership