FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts:
David Shapiro, for Mass Mentoring
office: (617) 695-2431
cell: (617) 276-4356
Margaret Skrmetti for Staples, Inc.
office: (781) 559-0437
Staples Teams Up with Mass Mentoring Partnership to Encourage Adults throughout Massachusetts
to Serve as Mentors for Local Youth
$25,000 Donation will Fund Statewide Public Awareness and Mentor Recruitment Campaign Kicking off
during National Mentoring Month – January 2010
BOSTON, Mass. (December 29, 2009) – Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) today announced it has been
awarded a $25,000 grant by Staples, Inc., (Nasdaq: SPLS) the world’s largest office products company. The
donation will support the launch of a statewide public awareness and mentor recruitment campaign. Funding
from Staples will help Mass Mentoring Partnership build awareness that 3,000 youth in Massachusetts are
now looking to connect with caring adult mentors. The campaign will kick off on January 1 in celebration of
National Mentoring Month (NMM), and will feature online and print advertisements running statewide
throughout the entire month of January. NMM is an annual national campaign aimed at raising public
awareness and recruiting mentors.
“It is important for Mass Mentoring Partnership and our mentoring programs to capture the attention of the
public around the power of mentoring,” said David Shapiro, president and chief executive officer of Mass
Mentoring Partnership. “Staples’ support allows us to broaden our awareness campaign’s reach and greatly
“Staples looks forward to helping Mass Mentoring Partnership reach a broader audience as they champion
the movement to get more caring adults to serve as mentors,” said Paul Capelli, vice president of public
relations of Staples, Inc. “National Mentoring Month is a great initiative that helps many youth realize their
potential to succeed.”
On a national level, the NMM campaign is spearheaded by the Harvard Mentoring Project of the Harvard
School of Public Health, MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership, and the Corporation for National and
Community Service. Public service announcements featuring celebrities such as General Colin L. Powell are
aired on national television by media partners including: CBS, FOX, NBC, MTV, Comcast, Time Warner,
and the National Association of Broadcasters. Mass Mentoring Partnership is the state partner for this
national effort and works with its network of more than 165 youth mentoring programs throughout
Massachusetts to leverage NMM to recruit more mentors and raise awareness about the need for adults to
volunteer as mentors.
The advertisements promoting mentoring, which were created pro bono by Boston-based Conover Tuttle
Pace, will be featured in online and print newspapers in Boston, Lowell, Brockton, and Western
Massachusetts. They will highlight the enrichment experiences mentoring offers and present a call to action
for more adults to become involved in working with disadvantaged youth. In addition to the advertising
outreach campaign, Staples and Mass Mentoring Partnership will highlight the importance and value of
mentoring in the following ways in January:
o Mentor Recruitment Party, Jan. 14: This event in Springfield will feature live music, food, and
media and will be focused on the engaging the community and recruiting mentors.
o Youth Mentoring Day at the State House, Jan. 21: This event, co-hosted by the Massachusetts
Service Alliance, will honor state legislators and other supporters of mentoring, celebrate successful
youth mentoring relationships, and raise awareness about the need for increased support for
o Mentoring Day Springfield Armor Game, Jan. 23: Mentors and mentees are invited to attend the
game, which will serve both to promote mentoring and be a fun way for matches to spend time
together. There will also be a halftime activities program.
About Mass Mentoring Partnership
Mass Mentoring Partnership is the only statewide organization dedicated to strategically expanding quality
mentoring to meet the needs of youth across Massachusetts. MMP serves more than 165 mentoring programs
and over 20,000 mentoring relationships. For more information: www.massmentors.org.
Staples, the world’s largest office products company, is committed to making it easy for customers to buy a
wide range of office products, including supplies, technology, furniture, and business services. With 2008
sales of $23 billion and 91,000 associates worldwide, Staples serves businesses of all sizes and
consumers in 27 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. In July 2008,
Staples acquired Corporate Express, one of the world’s leading suppliers of office products to businesses and
institutions. Staples invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and is headquartered outside Boston.
More information about Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.