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A conversation with Jefferson Singer: The Posse Scholar campus mentoring program

A conversation with Jefferson Singer: The Posse Scholar campus mentoring program

By Justin Preston This week we sat down with Jefferson Singer, Faulk Foundation Professor of Psychology and Dean of the College at Connecticut College. Dean Singer has been serving as a faculty mentor and now director of the Connecticut College chapter of the Posse Scholar program for several years. Since 1989, the nationwide Posse Foundation […]

What first-gen college students want and how mentors can help provide it

What first-gen college students want and how mentors can help provide it

Written by Emily Deruy, The Atlantic As policymakers and educators debate how to help high-schoolers from all backgrounds get to and through college, young people’s ideas about the support they need to succeed are sometimes left out of the discussion. Yet conversations with students who are the first in their families to pursue higher education […]

The power of many: Why schools are embracing broader formal and informal mentoring networks

The power of many: Why schools are embracing broader formal and informal mentoring networks

Written by Alyza Sebenius, The Atlantic In her job as a “dream director,” Jessica Valoris is tasked with unleashing the potential of disadvantaged students at an inner-city high school in Washington, D.C. Her employer, a New York-based nonprofit called The Future Project, embeds mentors like Valoris in public schools, characterizing her role as a “midwife […]

Mentoring Then and Now
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Mentoring Then and Now

Melvin Simensky, Co-Chair The New York County Lawyers’ Association When mentoring was first used in a legal context, it described two main circumstances which also prevail today. One is the establishment of an amicable relationship between a senior attorney and young people such as high-schoolers interested in later pursuing a legal career. The second main use […]

How colleges help (and hinder) students’ chances

How colleges help (and hinder) students’ chances

by Jean Rhodes Nearly 70% of the students who graduate from high school this spring will head off to college in the fall. Although this rate is down somewhat from its peak in 2009, it is up dramatically from just a few decades ago. Unfortunately, however, only about half of those students will finish college. […]

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Moving the Needle for First Generation College Students: Comprehensive Advising from College Access

Moving the Needle for First Generation College Students: Comprehensive Advising from College Access

    04/05/2016 02:00 PM – 03:15 PM ET From: American Youth Policy Forum In today’s economy, a college credential is in greater demand than ever before. Not only do college graduates tend to earn more money, but they are also more likely to vote, volunteer, and enjoy better health outcomes. However, navigating the college process […]

When Mentoring First-Generation College Students, It Is The Little Things That Make The Difference

When Mentoring First-Generation College Students, It Is The Little Things That Make The Difference

How to Help First-Generation Students Succeed A combination of simple nudges and regular check-ins from mentors can go a long way. Written by Mikhail Zinshteyn, Education Writers Association A few weeks ago Reina Olivas got on the phone with a freshman college student. “She was having a hard time with the cultural experience, the college […]

Muhlenberg College will require students to recruit mentors from a database of parents and alumni.

Muhlenberg College will require students to recruit mentors from a database of parents and alumni.

By Ellen Wexler John Williams thinks every student should have a mentor, someone who can act as counselor, sounding board, advice giver — and maybe, if the student is lucky, someone who can open doors in the working world. But to find a mentor, students need to learn to network. And for Williams, president of Muhlenberg […]

A Novel Program Provides an Entire Network of Support for At-Risk Youth

A Novel Program Provides an Entire Network of Support for At-Risk Youth

In the first of a two-part series in the New York Times, author David Bornstein puts the spotlight on a novel mentoring program being run in Baltimore City Public Schools. The organization, Thread, marshalls volunteer support for at-risk ninth graders. While the idea of utilizing volunteers to provide assistance to at-risk youth is not unique […]