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Discussing the unspeakable: Steps to foster conversations about the Las Vegas tragedy

Discussing the unspeakable: Steps to foster conversations about the Las Vegas tragedy

Written by Justin Preston In the wake of the tragic events that occurred nearly two weeks ago in Las Vegas, we as adults can feel at a loss in trying to make sense of what happened and why. With widespread news coverage online and in the media, it is possible that your mentees have learned […]

New paper applies sociological concepts to mentoring programs

New paper applies sociological concepts to mentoring programs

Stanton-Salazar, R. (2016). Contributions of social capital theory and social network models in advancing the connection between students’ school-based learning and community-based opportunities for pursuing interest-driven learning. Paper presented at Power Brokers: Building Youth Social Capital through Connected Learning. University of California, Irvine.   Summarized by Justin Preston In a paper presented in the Fall […]

It’s that time of year: 5 self-care tips for navigating holiday stress
By November 22, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

It’s that time of year: 5 self-care tips for navigating holiday stress

Written by the American Psychological Association With the holiday season getting underway and the decorations coming out, it is important to remember that the holidays have the potential to create additional challenges. Families are cutting back, people are worrying about job security or unemployment, and seniors are concerned about their retirement. Such worries are stressful, and the […]

What is a natural mentor?: Tips to develop relationships that matter
By November 4, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

What is a natural mentor?: Tips to develop relationships that matter

by Lisa Bottomley, Michigan State University Extension When asked about their successes, most individuals will talk about one or more people who mentored them along the way. Were all of these people enrolled in youth mentoring programs? Of course not. Many of them found natural mentors who provided support, guidance and friendship. A natural mentor […]

Inclusive Programs Improve Quality for All Youth

Inclusive Programs Improve Quality for All Youth

By Marty Martinez As practitioners, we are always looking for ways to strengthen the quality of our program to ensure that mentoring does not just feel good, or look good, but is producing real outcomes for youth. As we work to utilize quality mentoring to strengthen our communities, we must ensure that our services are […]

Top 25 Mentoring Relationships in History
By September 13, 2015 5 Comments Read More →

Top 25 Mentoring Relationships in History

Jennifer Merrill, MENTOR Marketing & Communications Manager Behind every successful person, there’s a mentor who helped them along the way. Some of the most influential people in history were encouraged to succeed by some of the most well-known people of our time. To help celebrate MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership’s 25th Anniversary and 25 years of […]

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Practice Corner: Parents are an important part of the equation
By September 1, 2015 5 Comments Read More →

Practice Corner: Parents are an important part of the equation

An Important Part of the Equation By: Marty Martinez As practitioners fueling the mentoring movement, we’re all in the business of creating high quality and outcome-based mentoring relationships. In order to achieve that, programs work hard to create great quality matches that potentially can last a lifetime and have an important impact on the life […]

How does adolescence offer a second chance to vulnerable teenager

How does adolescence offer a second chance to vulnerable teenager

BY BENJAMIN PERKS As you read this, a teen somewhere is making a decision they may regret for the rest of their lives, one with high costs for their, their families and their communities. Joining a gang or a terrorist organization or committing a serious crime.Every teen everywhere faces a turbulent transition to adulthood: the […]

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Does Your School or Program Really Value Relationships? Six Questions to Ask…
By May 30, 2015 1 Comments Read More →

Does Your School or Program Really Value Relationships? Six Questions to Ask…

By: Kent Pekel, Ed.D. President, Search Institute. Post from Search Institute blog As I visit schools, youth programs, and community coalitions across the country to discuss Search Institute’s new research on developmental relationships, I have not met a single person who thinks relationships are unimportant. The people I talk with are invariably interested and sometimes downright excited to […]

When is it the right time to close a struggling match?

When is it the right time to close a struggling match?

Although there are some obvious times when a mentoring match needs to end (such as a mentee moving away or a mentor seriously violating program rules), there are many other circumstances where matches fall into kind of a grey area. The mentor and mentee may not be meeting as frequently as they should or they […]