Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

January 2, 2014

Local CEO joins Mass Mentoring board

The Andover Townsman

---- — Mark Eldridge, CEO of ALKU in Andover, has been elected as a member of the Mass Mentoring Partnership board.

Mass Mentoring is the umbrella organization for more than 190 mentoring programs supporting 23,000 youths in mentoring relationships in Massachusetts. It provides training and technical assistance, networking and professional development, mentor recruitment campaigns, advocacy, resource development and recognition,mentor-mentee match activities and other services.

The 16-member board includes individuals who support mentoring programs across Massachusetts.

For the past two years ALKU has raised money in support of the Mass Mentoring Partnership, which has become the designated charity for the five-year-old company. ALKU employees are consistently educated on the cause of mentoring at-risk youth and the partnership’s programs. Workers have attended fundraising events, solicited donations from friends and family and participated in the Rodman Ride. Some have been so inspired that they have become mentors themselves.

ALKU executives also frequently attend, support and in some cases sponsor mentoring events hosted by Mass Mentoring Partnership as well as Big Brothers Big Sisters and Lawrence Family Services. In 2014, ALKU intends to increase its support by introducing new, year-long fundraising programs for Mass Mentoring in hopes of raising $50,000 for its programs.

Located in Brickstone Square, ALKU, formerly the Start Group, is a consulting firm connecting companies across the nation with consultants from three divisions, ALKU Technologies, ALKU Quality and ALKU Government Solutions. To learn more about ALKU, visit For more on Mass Mentoring, see