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School-based mentoring: You can’t give what you ain’t got
By November 24, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

School-based mentoring: You can’t give what you ain’t got

post by Michael Karcher Recently I was talking with some mentors and program coordinators in Rochester, NY. We talked about school-based mentors who volunteer to enter the schools to work with youth. That lead to a discussion of natural mentors–remember them? that’s the way we mentored youth for the last 2000 years (but I digress). […]

Spark: Integrating Mentoring and Connected Learning
By November 19, 2013 2 Comments Read More →

Spark: Integrating Mentoring and Connected Learning

by Sarah Schwartz As described in an earlier post, connected learning is learning that is interest-driven, socially-embedded, and academically-oriented. In this post, I wanted to highlight Spark, an innovative program serving middle school students that is integrating mentoring and connected learning in an apprenticeship model. I had the privilege of attending a Match Event at one […]

Program Corner:  Leveraging Mentoring through Innovation

Program Corner: Leveraging Mentoring through Innovation

Editors Note: Recently, Dare Mighty Things, Inc. (www.daremightythings.com) assisted Prison Fellowship International (www.pfi.org) in developing an international program for children of prisoners. The program model combines two evidence-based best practices: mentoring and international child sponsorship. The program is scalable and financially self sustainable with the potential to impact 500,000 children of prisoners around the world. […]

Program Corner: The Power of Engaging Local Churches in Mentoring

Program Corner: The Power of Engaging Local Churches in Mentoring

Dave Van Patten (Program Editor): I have known Peter Vanacore for 30 years.  We both worked together in Long Island Youth Guidance, a faith-based mentoring program serving juvenile offenders.  In the early 80’s, nearly 100 churches formed five coalitions that underwrote the costs of running an intensive one-on-one mentoring program in each of their respective towns.  […]

Program Corner:  Mentoring the Children of Military Families
By February 25, 2013 1 Comments Read More →

Program Corner: Mentoring the Children of Military Families

In this post, Jim Seevers, Senior Vice President of Dare Mighty Things shares his insights on mentoring the children of military families. Jim has twenty-eight years of experience as an Air Force officer, including service as the Manpower and Personnel Director for U.S. forces throughout the Pacific region. Since his retirement from the Air Force, […]

Program Corner: Using Technology to Improve Mentor Recruitment

Program Corner: Using Technology to Improve Mentor Recruitment

In this post, I have asked Katy White, who is a consultant with Dare Mighty Things (www.daremightythings.com), to share her insights on how technology can assist program managers in recruiting mentors.  Katy is steeped in mentoring knowledge from years of providing training and technical assistance to mentoring programs across the country.  With Caregiver’s Choice, a […]

Program Corner: Enhancing Your Ability to Train Mentors through Technology
By December 24, 2012 Read More →

Program Corner: Enhancing Your Ability to Train Mentors through Technology

  In this post, I have asked Butch Schuck and Amy Steinhilber to comment on how technology has enhanced mentor training in the National Guard Youth Challenge Program (www.ngycp.org).  Butch Schuck serves as the Deputy Program Director for the National Challenge Institute – the training arm for the Youth Challenge program.  Amy Steinhilber is the […]

Prevention Corner: The researcher is asking for advice!
By December 5, 2012 9 Comments Read More →

Prevention Corner: The researcher is asking for advice!

In addition to my role as a mentoring researcher, I’m also Big Brother to Kayden. He’s 10 years old and in the 5th grade. I’ve been mentoring Kayden for about 10 months. Kayden is actually my 2nd Little; my first Little moved to another city and so we ended our match after only 5 months. […]

Program Corner: Technology solutions for case management
By November 28, 2012 5 Comments Read More →

Program Corner: Technology solutions for case management

Technology solutions for case management Dave Van Patten, Editor Over the next few weeks, I have asked several mentoring experts to comment on how technology solutions can help improve the effectiveness and efficiency of mentoring programs. In this post, Brian Sales discusses various cutting edge, technology solutions that mentoring programs are using to improve their […]

Program Corner
By October 17, 2012 4 Comments Read More →

Program Corner

Natural mentoring + youth engagement = stronger outcomes by Dave Van Patten  Recruitment and case management are two ongoing high-budget line items for mentoring programs. Youth initiated mentoring (YIM) is a programmatic innovation that empowers youth to identify and engage potential mentors within the constellation of caring adults in their lives. Early research shows positive […]