Tag: volunteering

It’s a two-way street: Four ways mentoring benefits the mentor

It’s a two-way street: Four ways mentoring benefits the mentor

Written by Alex Lyman, Huffington Post   Despite being a young professional with a variety of much-needed mentors of my own, I find that becoming a mentor myself has been equally important to my personal and professional growth. I often find myself connecting with high school and college students on a more relatable level, because […]

The novel approach: Combining literature and mentoring to support juvenile offenders

The novel approach: Combining literature and mentoring to support juvenile offenders

Seroczynski, A., Evans, W., Jobst, A., Horvath, L. & Carozza, G. (2015). Reading for Life and adolescent re-arrest: Evaluating a unique juvenile diversion program. South Bend, Indiana: University of Notre Dame, Center for Children and Families.     Summarized by Justin Preston Introduction With a juvenile incarceration rate of 250 youth per 100,000 citizens, the […]

NPR: Mentoring offers ex-offender chance to give back to his community

NPR: Mentoring offers ex-offender chance to give back to his community

By Carrie Johnson and Marisa Penaloza David Padilla spent nearly 20 years turning himself into a model inmate in federal prison. So when Padilla got called to the warden’s office last December, he said, the first thought on his mind was, “Did I do anything wrong?” Padilla’s leg started shaking. Then, he got the news […]

Passing its second birthday, officials believe “My Brother’s Keeper” program will endure

Passing its second birthday, officials believe “My Brother’s Keeper” program will endure

By Emma Brown, The Washington Post Noah McQueen attended 10 different middle schools, then transferred among high schools three different times during his freshman year. He was struggling. But then he was paired with a mentor who helped him find his path. Now 19 and a student at Morehouse College, McQueen has become one of the faces […]

Mentoring: A Key Part of the Conversation at White House Summit

Mentoring: A Key Part of the Conversation at White House Summit

By: Noelle Hurd I am just returning from a day-long summit at the White House. The summit was sponsored by FLOTUS’s office and was titled Beating the Odds: Successful Strategies from Schools & Youth Agencies that Build Ladders of Opportunity. The summit was part of the First Lady’s Reach Higher Initiative(https://www.whitehouse.gov/reach-higher) which broadly focuses on […]

Part 2: A Novel Program Provides a Network of Support for At-Risk Youth

Part 2: A Novel Program Provides a Network of Support for At-Risk Youth

How a Tapestry of Care Helps Teens Succeed By David Bornstein In the second installment of a two-part series on Thread, the Baltimore-based social support program, author David Bornstein revisits the organization and examines the structural aspects of its programmatic success. From the author’s description of Thread’s programming, “The organization works with public high school […]

How Adults Can Step Up in Youth Social Activism

How Adults Can Step Up in Youth Social Activism

Bernadette Sanchez In a recent example of youth social activism, Meggie Noel and Kylie Webster-Cazeau started a campaign via YouTube videos and social media (#BlackAtBLS) to expose the racially hostile environment at their Boston elite public school. They gave examples of teachers who either engaged in racial microagressions and blatant racism and administrators who were […]

How Mentoring a Refugee Helped My Own Transition

How Mentoring a Refugee Helped My Own Transition

Photo: Bonninstudio Written by Heather Mangan Sarah’s house smells like rice, and there are 10-pound bags of it lying in the corner of this one-bedroom apartment. Instead of a sofa and end tables, there are two beds in the living room. One is alongside the space’s only window, and the other is on the opposite […]

LIBN Q&A with Jean Lahage Cohen of Mentor New York

LIBN Q&A with Jean Lahage Cohen of Mentor New York

Written by Claude Solnik Mentor New York, with offices in Hauppauge and Manhattan, was created this year by combining the Mentoring Partnership of Long Island and the Mentoring Partnership of New York. As executive director, Jean Lahage Cohen leads an organization serving nearly 500 mentoring programs and 57,000 young people. She talked about the importance […]

New Research Identifies Relationship Quality as Key to Successful School-Based Mentoring

New Research Identifies Relationship Quality as Key to Successful School-Based Mentoring

Bayer, A., Grossman, J., & DuBois, D. L. (2015). Using volunteer mentors to improve the academic outcomes of underserved students: The role of relationships. Journal of Community Psychology. Summarized by Jessica Cunningham, B.A., Research Associate, Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring Background: Many schools facing financial hardship are turning to low-cost ways of identifying and supporting students […]