from the director
Welcome to the Mentoring Partnership & Resource Center (MPRC)!
The MPRC is an exciting new initiative that elevates the practices of mentoring programs throughout the region, ensuring that all children and youth have access to high quality mentors who help them achieve their dreams. MPRC strengthens the field of mentoring by working in partnership with a dynamic group of mentoring programs to build the field of mentoring. We advance the quality of mentoring programs through training, technical assistance and other capacity building initiatives. We engage in advocacy efforts that drive resources to mentoring programs and issues affecting children and youth. And we use data to assess the needs and trends in the field so that we can respond proactively.
The MPRC is borne from two historic legacies. The Campaign for Mentoring, facilitated by United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, tirelessly strived to lift up mentoring practices in the region engaging more than 85 mentoring programs in program improvements. And for over 100 years, BBBS SEPA has been changing the lives of thousands of children and youth by matching them with high quality mentors in one-to-one relationships. The MPRC advances the mission of the Campaign for Mentoring with the robust infrastructure of BBBS SEPA, creating a powerhouse of program support.
This work is critical because we know that high quality mentoring does change the lives of children and youth. Youth who are mentored have better school attendance, a better chance of going on to higher education, and better attitudes toward school. Mentoring helps prevent substance abuse and reduce some negative youth behaviors. And mentoring promotes positive social attitudes and relationships. Mentored youth tend to trust their parents more and communicate better with them. Through partnership and collaboration, MPRC will work with mentoring programs to become stronger and build the field so that every child or youth has access to a great mentor.
As a veteran of both United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and BBBS SEPA, I am thrilled to be leading this initiative. I believe in the power of collaboration to change systems and disrupt the negative cycles that so often trap youth and strip them of opportunities. I believe in mentoring as a powerful catalyst to change lives. Join us as we take the next step in the mentoring movement.
 Source: Jekielek, S.; Moore, K.; Hair, E.; and Scarupa, H. (2002) Mentoring Programs and Youth Development: A Synthesis Washington, D.C.: ChildTrend