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A meaningful activity for matches (and everyone else)!

A meaningful activity for matches (and everyone else)!

Dear Chronicle Readers,   For the past several years, my sister Nancy and I have been working with the Library of Congress to improve the Veteran’s History Project of the American Folklife Center, which collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American War  Veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans […]

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Easy steps to make your voice heard: Contact your Congressmember during the August Recess

Easy steps to make your voice heard: Contact your Congressmember during the August Recess

Written by Abbie Evans and Adriane Alicea, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership This August, Congress will recess and Members will return to their home districts for a constituent work period. During this time, they will meet with organizations, visit local community businesses and non-profits and conduct town halls to stay connected with their district. Fortunately, […]

Policy Corner: Five developments that will dramatically affect our nation’s youth

Policy Corner: Five developments that will dramatically affect our nation’s youth

By Janet Forbush As this edition of The Chronicle is published, the U.S. Senate is poised to vote on a Motion to Proceed (MTP) that will set the stage for a potential vote on repeal and/or replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The implications of these votes are vast. As readers understand, serious consideration […]

Our developing understanding of child development: A new video on the effects of toxic stress

Our developing understanding of child development: A new video on the effects of toxic stress

Written by Justin Preston In a new animated short from the Atlantic, we learn a bit about the progress we’ve made in gaining a better understanding of child development. More specifically, we learn about the impacts of toxic stress on the developing brain and, subsequently, the developing child (for more on toxic stress, see our […]

Mentoring for youth and YA during reentry from confinement: A review of the research

Mentoring for youth and YA during reentry from confinement: A review of the research

Written by Justin Preston As part of an ongoing series, MENTOR’s National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC) asks prominent researchers to extensively review the existing literature in a specific area of mentoring in order to draw conclusions on what works and implications for mentoring practice. This time, we are going to highlight NMRC’s research review of […]

Policy Corner: June updates from Janet Forbush

Policy Corner: June updates from Janet Forbush

Written by Janet Forbush, Senior Advisor with the Center for the Advancement of Mentoring June 2017 Background:  The wide range of public policy activity at the federal level in recent weeks sets the tone and shapes the body of the content for the June Chronicle column on policy.  Primary features review the implications of the […]

Three things mentors can do to help get youth through college

Three things mentors can do to help get youth through college

Written by Justin Preston, Associate Editor The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have just completed an extensive review of the existing literature on ways of fostering college completion among youth today, and they have identified three specific factors that are not only key to college success, but also are able to be fostered […]

How a Canadian mentoring program flipped the script on negative refugee stereotypes

How a Canadian mentoring program flipped the script on negative refugee stereotypes

By Julia Pryce and Michael Kelly Ammar (not his real name), a refugee from Syria, entered Canada two years ago at the age of 14. When he first moved to Canada with his mother and sister, he was extremely shy and had no friends or sense of community. But now, at 16, Ammar is an active member […]

Policy Corner: May updates from Janet Forbush

Policy Corner: May updates from Janet Forbush

Written by Janet Forbush, Senior Advisor with the Center for the Advancement of Mentoring May 2017 Trump Fiscal Year 2018 Federal Budget Proposal The Trump administration unveiled their proposed fiscal year 2018 budget earlier this week featuring 13 major initiatives, nine of which outline draconian spending cuts aimed chiefly at programs and services impacting low-income […]

Want to improve the Transition to College?: Teach Students How to Build Networks

Want to improve the Transition to College?: Teach Students How to Build Networks

By Dr. Janis Kupersmidt | May 1, 2017 (from Youth Today) The Connected Scholars program utilizes the old adage “Who you know is as important as what you know” to improve college transition experiences and graduation rates. In fact, many colleges struggle with low retention rates, in part, because students don’t feel connected to the […]