The MENTOR Network Charitable Foundation Announces Q3 FY 2015 Community Partner Grant Recipients
20 August 2015
The MENTOR Network Charitable Foundation is pleased to announce that 10 organizations have recently been awarded grants through the Foundation’s Community Partners program for the third quarter of 2015. Community Partners are change agents within human services that are either delivering innovative care or developing new ideas and models for doing so. They are results oriented, leveraging resources and knowledge to positively impact individuals and communities and transform society’s vision of and approach to its most vulnerable members.
Among the Q3 Community Partners are four organizations located in Massachussetts.
Cardinal Cushing Centers (Hanover, MA)
Student Self-Directed Mentoring Approach Program
In 2015, Cardinal Cushing Centers will pilot an evidence-based self-advocacy program to youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities that are entering adult living. The program is designed to empower students to acquire skills that will enable them to have more satisfying, inclusive lives. This model will initially include 4-6 students and 2-3 “Transition Mentors.” Over a 10 month period, Transition Mentors will teach students self-determination skills and coordinate with the students’ present vocational settings to ensure they are aligned with the students’ experiences, interests, skills and goals. A grant from TMNCF will support the implementation of this program.
Stonehill College (Easton, MA)
Camp Shriver uses sports to promote the healthy eating habits and social wellness of children with and without disabilities, ages 8-12. In 2014, Camp Shriver at UMass Boston and Stonehill College served a total of 160 children from disadvantaged neighborhoods in Boston and Brockton. A grant from TMNCF will directly support Camp Shriver’s ability to provide inclusive sport and fitness programming to the increasing number of campers served. Specifically, the Foundation’s grant will support 10 campers for one week of camp: approximately 6 campers at UMass Boston and approximately 4 campers at Stonehill College, proportionate to camper enrollment at each site. Funds will support all aspects of Camp Shriver programming, including the free and nutritious meals, transportation, camp gear and the counselor and coaches who work with campers every day.
Nativity Preparatory School (Jamaica Plain, MA)
Start-to-Finish Graduate Support Program
Nativity Preparatory School provides low-income middle school boys from Boston’s inner-city neighborhoods with an affordable and accessible educational alternative to traditional public school. A grant from The MENTOR Network Charitable Foundation will allow the school to continue offering college transition and financial aid workshops to graduating high school seniors, in addition to supporting the continued growth of the “Start-to-Finish Graduate Support Program,” a mentoring program that enables alumni to forge relationships with professionals in fields of interest to them. This can lead, in turn, to summer employment and other kinds of professional development that helps undergraduate college persistence and completion.
Windrush Farm (North Andover, MA)
Equine Assisted Activities for Individuals with Disabilities
Windrush Farm is committed to helping children and adults with a broad range of disabilities excel through equine assisted activities. Through a dedicated staff, a devoted team of volunteers, a diverse curriculum and carefully selected and trained horses, Windrush programs are designed to encourage, challenge and motivate the individuals they serve. These programs focus on improving flexibility, balance, strength, coordination, self-confidence and autonomy. Weekly therapeutic riding lessons are offered to individuals, and hippotherapy is offered for children who are too young or whose disabilities do not allow them to participate. Summer programs for at-risk youth and children with special needs are also offered. Children learn to ride and care for horses, help tend the vegetable garden, tend chickens, clean stalls, feed horses, and participate in reading/writing programs with volunteers. In addition to these groups, Windrush serves veterans (both as riders and volunteers) and participants of the Best Buddies program. A grant from The MENTOR Network Charitable Foundation will be used to help cover program expenses, particularly the costs incurred to maintain 25 horses.
About the Community Partners Program
For more information, visit the Community Partners section of our Charitable Foundation website.