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April 23, 2012

CONTACT: Peter Van Delft
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Sheriff Cabral stands with L. Duane Jackson, board member at Mass Mentoring and the Chairperson of the Mentors of Color campaign; and Benaree Wiley, former President & CEO of The Partnership, Inc.

Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea J. Cabral spoke before a gathering of local professionals about the great need for mentors that exists for young people of color in and around the communities of Boston.

Spearheaded by Mass Mentoring Partnership’s Mentors of Color campaign and The Boston Foundation, the event, titled “The Gift of Obligation: The Power of Mentoring in the Community” featured an intergenerational mixer designed to help launch the “Mentoring Mentors” initiative, which seeks to match caring adult Latinos and African–Americans with youth of color.

During the event, several of Boston’s seasoned and young professionals of color, representing a cross–section of different industries, mingled as they discussed the impact of mentoring in communities of color.

Addressing a crowd of nearly 100 attendees, Sheriff Cabral – a Mass Mentoring board member and longtime mentoring advocate – urged event participants to join in the effort to provide greater support for children in need of mentoring, and challenged everyone to reach out to friends, colleagues and family members to do the same.

As the event drew to a close, 57 guests stepped forward with inquiries about becoming mentors.

Mass Mentoring Partnership is the only statewide organization solely dedicated to strategically expanding quality youth mentoring in Massachusetts. As the umbrella
organization for more than 190 mentoring organizations supporting 23,000 youth in mentoring relationships across the state, it provides services including training and technical assistance, networking and professional development, mentor recruitment campaigns, advocacy, resource development & recognition, and mentor–mentee match activities. For more information, visit:

Founded in 1915, the Boston Foundation, Greater Boston’s community foundation, is one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the nation. The Foundation and its donors make more than $80 million in grants every year. Donors meet their own philanthropic goals, while adding to the Foundation’s overall strength. The Foundation also plays a major civic leadership role for the region through the publishing of fresh research, convening people to discuss our region’s challenges and creating powerful agendas for change. For more information, visit:

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