Reflections on mentoring: Paying it forward

By Mike Matthews, Psychology Today

Forty-eight years ago this summer, I started my freshman year at Drury College (now, Drury University).  My high school academic performance was less than impressive, to say the least. Studying was not my highest priority. … Read the rest

NMRC: Support for Match Closure

National Mentoring Resource Center

The focus of this practice on supporting healthy endings to mentoring relationships is consistent with Rhodes’ model of youth mentoring, which suggests that both positive and negative relationship experiences can influence the emotional development of the … Read the rest

Responding to disclosures of sexual violence as a mentor

A resource from National Mentoring Resource Center

This guide from NMRC reviews the “SEEK” strategy that mentors can employ if their mentee discloses information to them about past sexual trauma they have experienced. SEEK stands for Safe space, Empowering attitude, … Read the rest

Creating universal tiered systems to prevent child maltreatment

By Deborah Daro, Society for Research on Child Development

Each year, an estimated one in seven children experience physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, or emotional maltreatment at the hands of their parents or primary caretakers. While not all of … Read the rest

Senior volunteers ward off brain ‘shrinkage’

By Stephanie Desmon

The memory center in the brains of seniors who volunteered in public schools for two years maintained their size, rather than shrinking as part of the normal aging process, report researchers.

The findings suggest that retirees who … Read the rest

Child abuse prevention month: Resources and learning opportunities from NMRC

National Mentoring Resource Center

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time for communities nationwide to encourage action to improve the safety and well-being of youth. National Child Abuse Prevention Month is an annual observance that focuses on … Read the rest


By Jessica Flowers, Program Director, Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona
National Mentoring Resource Center

Karen pulls up to the suburban four-bedroom home in West Phoenix, opens her trunk and pulls out two green canvas bags that read “Free … Read the rest

How to help youth activists change the world

By Daren Howard,

I love working with kids and supporting the people who work with kids. If you are reading this, you probably do too. I’ve devoted my career to serving children and youth, and I’ve never really questioned … Read the rest

These connections are currency; some young people need our help to form them

By Stephanie Malia Krauss,

The other day I attended a diversity training at work. The facilitator talked about who and how we hire. She said something that really stuck with me: You get hired based on who you know; … Read the rest

Conversations about masculinity: How mentors can support young men of color

The National Mentoring Partnership

Conversations About MasculinityHow Mentors Can Support Young Men of Color is a research-backed and youth-informed guide to unpack the timely and critical topic of toxic masculinity. Our collective understanding of gender is evolving, and … Read the rest