Promising Practice

Mentoring outside city limits: New Rural Mentoring Toolkit produced by MANY

Mentoring outside city limits: New Rural Mentoring Toolkit produced by MANY

There is one universal truth for all youth, anywhere—and that is that any young person can benefit from a mentoring relationship. Whether your community is urban, ex-urban, suburban, or rural, the youth in your schools and neighborhoods could use a strong, positive role model. Likewise, each type of community comes with its own strengths and […]

New Research Brief from OJJDP on impacts of risk on match outcomes
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New Research Brief from OJJDP on impacts of risk on match outcomes

Written by Justin Preston The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has recently released a Research in Brief piece on research conducted by a team of researchers at Mentoring Central, including Janis Kupersmidt, Katie Stump, Rebecca Stelter, as well as Jean Rhodes, (you can read the full brief here) around mentee risk status […]

Youth-Initiated Mentoring is a game changer for disconnected youth
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Youth-Initiated Mentoring is a game changer for disconnected youth

DECEMBER 10, 2015 BY: DEBORAH NEARY & WHITNEY MASTIN, MIDLANDS MENTORING PARTNERSHIP, Originally published in NMRC Blog At Midlands Mentoring Partnership (MMP), our community-wide data indicates that a priority must be made to reach the most vulnerable youth with quality formal mentoring services. A prospective solution came in 2013 when promising research was released that showed […]

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Cultivating a willingness to try, fail, and try again in youth

Cultivating a willingness to try, fail, and try again in youth

by Junlei Li  (The Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media) I am anxious and frustrated.  My palm is sweating, my face red with indignation.  Next to me sits my bemused family pal, less than half my age, watching me stumble on the way to inevitable demise.  We are playing his game, and he […]

Tactful mentors: A mentor is often someone older, but must she also be wiser?   

Tactful mentors: A mentor is often someone older, but must she also be wiser?  

When I train mentors, especially those with considerable life and work experience, or when I discuss training with mentoring professionals who provide training to such mentors in their programs, I try to make clear my belief that mentors need to know that a youth mentor’s job is not to “talk at” or “inform” the mentee […]

Types of Family Involvement across Mentoring Programs

Types of Family Involvement across Mentoring Programs

  Summarized by UMass Boston doctoral student Stella Kanchewa, M.A. Spencer, R., & Basualdo-Delmonico, A. (2014). Family involvement in  the youth mentoring process: A focus group study with program staff. Children and Youth Services Review, 41, 75-82. Introduction: Formal youth mentoring typically emphasizes the relationship between a mentor and mentee, particularly efforts related to the […]

How an Innovative Youth Program is Tackling Mass Incarceration

How an Innovative Youth Program is Tackling Mass Incarceration

By DAX-DEVLON ROSS Nine years ago Molly Baldwin found herself in a curious position. Roca, the teenage pregnancy and violence prevention program she’d founded in her 20s, had a multimillion-dollar budget, a two-story building in downtown Chelsea, Mass., a portfolio of programs addressing everything from poverty to immigrant rights and a measure of fame for using Native […]

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. […]