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Mentoring supports the college and career ready movement: Guest commentary

Mentoring supports the college and career ready movement: Guest commentary

By Torie Weiston (reprinted from the Daily Bulletin) A new focus on college and career readiness for youth presents tremendous possibilities for the mentoring world to partner with the education world. We’ve known for decades that mentoring relationships are positively connected to academic success; young people in mentoring relationships have lower high school drop-out rates, […]

Should “mentor duty” be the new “jury duty?”

Should “mentor duty” be the new “jury duty?”

By Brandon Busteed Gallup just conducted a large study of young Americans aged 18 to 35 and found that those who had high exposure to certain 21st century skill development in school were twice as likely to be successful at work. The two most critical ingredients were whether they had “worked on a long-term projects […]

The Hidden Costs of Growing up in the Shadow of Wealth for Low-Income Children

The Hidden Costs of Growing up in the Shadow of Wealth for Low-Income Children

By Candice Odgers, Ph.D. (posted on WTGrant.Org) William T. Grant Scholar Candice Odgers describes findings from her recent study, which suggests that living among affluent neighbors predicts antisocial behavior among low-income boys.   One of New York City’s newest luxury apartment buildings has just started accepting applications for low-income renters who will use what some have […]

It Takes a Mentor
By September 10, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

It Takes a Mentor

 Thomas L. Friedman, posted in the New York Times With millions of students returning to school — both K-12 and college — this is a good time to review the intriguing results of some research that Gallup did over the past year, exploring the linkages between education and long-term success in the workplace. That is: […]

Celebrating Fatherhood and Encouraging Mentorship with “My Brother’s Keeper”

Celebrating Fatherhood and Encouraging Mentorship with “My Brother’s Keeper”

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the U.S. Department of Justice blog. See the original post here. Watch on YouTube I would not be where I am today without the love, guidance, and support of my father. He taught me to work hard, to dream big, to give back to my community, and to always remember the […]

Changes to Key Numbers in “The Mentoring Effect” Report

Changes to Key Numbers in “The Mentoring Effect” Report

by David DuBois This report as originally issued (Bruce & Bridgeland, 2014, see URL to current version of report below) included the conclusion that an estimated 4.5 million at-risk young people (ages 8-18) are currently in mentoring relationships. It turns out that this conclusion (as well as analogous ones made for not at risk youth, […]

The importance of inspiring hope
By January 28, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

The importance of inspiring hope

This month, Amachi Vice President Muna Walker, has shared her own match story and the importance of inspiring “hope” when mentoring.  In December 2004 when Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County matched me with my 14 year-old Little Sister, Desiree, I had no idea it was the beginning of a lifetime friendship.    I had […]

Policy Corner: America’s Focus Act of 2013 Supports Youth Mentoring
By December 3, 2013 2 Comments Read More →

Policy Corner: America’s Focus Act of 2013 Supports Youth Mentoring

by Rev. Dr. W. Wilson Goode, Sr. I am using this space this month to call to your attention a piece of legislation that could change the future of youth mentoring in the country.  It is called America’s Focus Act of 2013 and is sponsored by U. S. House of Representatives member Chaka Fattah.  Congressman Fattah […]

Amachi’s Expansion to Serve Military Youth
By September 17, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Amachi’s Expansion to Serve Military Youth

by Reverend Dr. W. Wilson Goode, Sr. “When (a) family member’s gone, it’s a great stress on the whole family,” says Alisha Watkins, a former military spouse whose daughter is matched in the Amachi Expansion for Military and Civilian Families (AEMCF) program through subgrantee Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star.  Having a mentor can “take (a child’s) mind […]

A call to action on behalf of our nation’s youth

A call to action on behalf of our nation’s youth

By Rev. W. Wilson Goode, Sr. We are in an interesting season of social and political action.  This is our moment to push this movement to the next level and beyond. This is our season to elevate the status of black men and boys. Back home in Philadelphia the National Urban League is meeting. One […]