Advocating for Resources to Support Youth Mentoring


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Learn about the Massachusetts state budgeting process and how mentoring programs can advocate for greater state investment in mentoring.

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  • Nonprofits know the communities/ needs of the people they serve. They also leverage the power of invested volunteers, particularly in the case of mentoring programs. If organized volunteers and staff can leverage their power as a collective to advocate on behalf of young people. NPs are can not only advocate (Any action in support of a particular cause– public education campaigns about the need for mentors) but lobby as well. (defined by IRS as communication about a specific piece of legislation with a specific call to action/ask- ex. Requesting that a state legislator support the Mentoring Line item at $250K) Federal Law- IRS has generous limits for 501c3 orgs. Just can’t be a “substantial” part of your work. MA Law- If you are a paid staff member, who lobbies more than 25 hours or compensation for that time is greater $2500 in a 6 month period- must register with the state and report your activities. Ma
  • - 500K in FY09 included earmarks for PLAY (14K) and Camp C5 New England (140K), $365K for Mentoring
  • How we choose our champions
  • Advocating for Resources to Support Youth Mentoring

    1. 1. TITLE subtitle Advocating for Resources to Support Youth Mentoring Programs
    2. 2. Heading Subhead Advocating for Resources for Youth Mentoring Programs: Agenda <ul><li>Programs Can and Should Advocate (and Lobby)! </li></ul><ul><li>State Support for Youth Development Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Mentoring Matching Grants line item </li></ul><ul><li>Review of the Massachusetts State Budgeting Process </li></ul><ul><li>FY11 Status, Legislative Champions and the Budget Ask </li></ul><ul><li>How Programs Can Advocate </li></ul><ul><li>Examples of Programs Advocating for the Mentoring Line Item and other Budget Items </li></ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul>
    3. 3. Heading Subhead Presenters <ul><li>Elena Sokolow-Kaufman, Manager Government Relations and Field Resources, Mass Mentoring Partnership </li></ul><ul><li>Lindsay Snyder, Director of External Relations and Development, Massachusetts Service Alliance </li></ul><ul><li>Margaret Nupp, Director of Special Events and Public Relations, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Massachusetts/ Metro West </li></ul><ul><li>Michelle Easton, Interview and Match Specialist, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Massachusetts/ Metro West </li></ul><ul><li>Nicole Almeida, SMILES Mentoring, Director of Resource Development and Retention </li></ul>
    4. 4. Heading Subhead Programs Should Advocate (and Lobby)! <ul><li>Nonprofits, and mentoring programs specifically, are well positioned to do this work </li></ul><ul><li>501c3 organizations are allowed to not only advocate, but to lobby </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Federal Lobbying Law </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Insubstantial part of work </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Massachusetts Lobbying Law </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Paid, $2,500 or 25 hours in a 6 month period, direct communications with officials/staff </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>“ If you are not at the table you are on the menu!” </li></ul>
    5. 5. Heading Subhead State Support for Youth Development Programs <ul><li>The State of Massachusetts supports youth development through an variety of grant programs: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Services, Public Health </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Violence Prevention Grants, Public Health </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Youth-at-Risk Matching Grants, Executive Office of Health and Human Services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gang Prevention Grant Program (Shannon), Executive Office of Public Safety </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>School-to-Career Connecting Activities, Elementary and Secondary Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>After School and Out-of-School Time Grants, Elementary and Secondary Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Youth-Build Grants, Elementary and Secondary Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Summer Jobs Program for At-Risk Youth (YouthWorks), Labor and Workforce Development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mentoring Matching Grants Elementary and Secondary Education </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Heading Subhead What is the Mentoring Matching Grants Line Item? <ul><li>Line item in the Massachusetts state budget that determines the amount of funding available for the Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA) to administer mentoring grants </li></ul><ul><li>Created in 1999 at the $1 million level, it has created and supported almost 9,000 mentoring matches </li></ul><ul><li>Designed to support the creation of new matches and leverage private sector support </li></ul><ul><li>The amount has decreased significantly over time </li></ul><ul><li>In FY09 funded at just over $500K, in FY10 funded at $100k </li></ul>
    7. 7. Heading Subhead What is the Massachusetts Budget Process? <ul><li>System to determine how much money Massachusetts will invest and for what purpose </li></ul><ul><li>At least a six month process, January-June </li></ul><ul><li>Made up of ten separate steps, beginning with the Governor’s budget proposal </li></ul><ul><li>Contains opportunities for programs, mentors and mentees to engage in advocacy between each step </li></ul>
    8. 8. Governor's Budget January 28, 2009 The Mentoring Line Item (7061-9634), which had lived in the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's budget, was not included in the governor's budget proposal. House Ways & Means Budget April 15, 2009 The Mentoring Line Item was not included in the House Ways & Means budget proposal. Representative Cheryl Coakley-Rivera of Springfield, along with 21 other co-sponsors and supporters, filed the amendment in the House to restore funding for the Mentoring Line Item at the post-9c level of $517,320. House Budget May 1, 2009 The Mentoring Line Item was partially restored in the House Budget, making $250,000 available to mentoring programs through a competitive grant program administered by the Massachusetts Service Alliance. Senate Ways & Means Budget May 13, 2009 The Mentoring Line Item was not included in the Senate Ways & Means budget proposal. Senator Stan Rosenberg filed an amendment to restore the line item at $517,320, which was co-sponsored by Senator Jack Hart and Senator Susan Tucker. Senate Budget   May 21, 2009 The Mentoring Line Item was restored in the Senate budget to the requested amount of $517,320. Conference Committee Budget   June 19, 2009 Because the Mentoring Line Item was included in different amounts in the House and Senate budgets, it went to a six person Conference Committee to negotiate the difference. The Conference Committee report included the mentoring line item at $250,000 and also eliminated an earmark for Camp C5 New England which had historically been in the line. What Happened Last Year?
    9. 9. Heading Subhead Vetoes June 29, 2009 The Governor vetoed the Mentoring Line Item from the FY2010 budget. Overrides The House and Senate may vote to override the Governor's vetoes. The legislature did not take up any monetary overrides for the FY2010 budget. Final Budget The budget was approved without the Mentoring Line Item. Supplemental Budget July 29 The legislature passed a supplemental budget as an alternative method of adding money back for FY2010 to address the Governor’s vetoes. The legislature included funding for approximately 1/3 of the items vetoed, of which $100,000 was restored to the Mentoring Line Item . What Happened Last Year Continued
    10. 10. Heading Subhead FY11 Budget: Where are We Now? <ul><li>January 28, 2010- Governor released his budget proposal that funded the Mentoring Matching Grants Line item at $100K </li></ul><ul><li>Between mid February-end of March legislators meet with Ways and Means Committees </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Formalized way to communicate budget priorities for the year </li></ul></ul><ul><li>MMP and programs have been working to secure commitments to include the Mentoring Matching Grants line item on their list of priorities for FY11 </li></ul>
    11. 11. Heading Subhead FY11: Legislative Champions House of Representatives Lead: Smitty Pignatelli Senate Lead: Stanley Rosenberg Rep. Kevin Aguiar Rep. Patricia Haddad Sen. Tom Kennedy Rep. Willie Mae Allen Rep. Bradford Hill Sen. Mark Montigny Rep. Antonio Cabral Rep. Kate Hogan Sen. Susan Tucker Rep. Stephen Canessa Rep. David Linksy Sen. Jack Hart Rep. Cheryl Coakley-Rivera Rep. Michael Rodrigues Rep. Thomas Conroy Rep. Tom Sannicandro Rep. Sean Garballey Rep. Steven Walsh
    12. 12. Heading Subhead FY11: The “Ask” for FY11 <ul><li>We are requesting $250,000 for the Mentoring Matching Grants line item </li></ul><ul><li>Reflects the amount the legislature had intended for mentoring in FY10 </li></ul><ul><li>Although technically an increase from FY10 ($100,000), is considered to be level funding by legislators </li></ul>
    13. 13. Heading Subhead <ul><li>Set the foundation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Know the major steps of the budget process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Know legislators and staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Build relationships, educate and are a resource </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lobby Directly and Organize </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In person meetings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make calls </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Letter/ Email campaigns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide testimony at relevant hearings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organize their mentors, mentees and families, use social media </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use the Media </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Op-Ed’s and Letters to the Editor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rally/ Press Conference </li></ul></ul>Programs Advocating Effectively…
    14. 14. Heading Subhead BBBS of Central Mass/Metrowest: Making the Most of Meetings <ul><li>Research your State legislators </li></ul><ul><li>Identify connections to create rapport </li></ul><ul><li>Present a clear case relevant to constituency </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for specific actions </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for introductions </li></ul><ul><li>Leave information for anyone you meet </li></ul>
    15. 15. Heading Subhead BBBS of Central Mass/Metrowest: Making the Most of Meetings <ul><li>Send prompt, courteous, hand-written thank you notes with actionable items </li></ul><ul><li>Promote site visits </li></ul><ul><li>Remember their names, just in case </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate any anecdotal stories to build relationship </li></ul>
    16. 16. Heading Subhead SMILES Mentoring Program as Advocate <ul><li>Branding and visibility </li></ul><ul><ul><li>High-profile </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Putting yourself out there </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Responsibility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Solving Social Issue </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>End Goal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What are you doing for the City? State? </li></ul></ul></ul>
    17. 17. Heading Subhead SMILES Mentoring Program as Advocate <ul><li>Connections/Relationships </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Local Level </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>School Council/Committee </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>School Superintendents </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mayors, Representatives </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>State/Federal Level </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rep.’s with good standing within leadership </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Passionate about same issues </li></ul>
    18. 18. Heading Subhead SMILES Mentoring Program as Advocate <ul><li>Taking advantage of Every Opportunity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Local Field Trips/Events </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ATMC, Literacy Program </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Statehouse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Youth Mentoring Day </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chamber Events </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
    19. 19. Heading Subhead Nonprofits and Lobbying Alliance for Justice- Massachusetts General Court (Legislator Profiles, Contact Info, Leadership) Massachusetts Legislators by City and Town Resources for Mentoring Programs on MMP’s Website Resources on Advocacy
    20. 20. Heading Subhead Questions? Contact Elena Sokolow-Kaufman at [email_address] or 617-695-2476