An affiliate of MENTOR/The National Mentoring Partnership, the Grizzlies Mentoring Alliance, formerly known as the Memphis Mentoring Partnership (MMP) brings together a broad range of community groups and leaders to support responsible mentoring initiatives in Memphis/Shelby County and to promote mentoring as a strategy to prevent youth violence, substance abuse, school drop-outs, and other negative behaviors limiting children’s prospects for success.
MMP was formed in June 2001 as an outcome of the local National Campaign Against Youth Violence, coordinated by the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission and the Memphis Regional Chamber. The Memphis Mentoring Partnership was established and operated by Volunteer Memphis from 2002 to 2008. In 2008, MMP moved to become a part of the Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation making it a significant component of the TEAM UP youth mentoring initiative. This has established a “one-stop shop” for youth mentoring in Memphis and has resulted in strengthening the services and support provided to member groups. MMP was reconstituted as the Grizzlies Mentoring Alliance (GMA) in August 2011 with a stronger emphasis on Quality-Based Membership and high expectations for mentoring services provided to youth by GMA members.
The initial step to become involved with GMA is participation in a session of “Elements of Effective Practice 101,” a review of the nationally-accepted and evidence-based program standards for youth mentoring and requirements for participation expected of all member groups. These sessions are held twice each year - in September and March.