Practice

Raising the bar: Levering the science of relationships to improve youth outcomes

by Jean Rhodes  This past week, Mentoring Central and Big Brothers Big Sisters announced an important collaboration that is likely to send ripples throughout the entire mentoring community.  BBBSA will adopt a customized version of Mentoring Central’s online mentor training program for use with up to 100,000 mentoring volunteers. The user-friendly course allows for “on-demand” interactive […]

The importance of inspiring hope

This month, Amachi Vice President Muna Walker, has shared her own match story and the importance of inspiring “hope” when mentoring.  In December 2004 when Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County matched me with my 14 year-old Little Sister, Desiree, I had no idea it was the beginning of a lifetime friendship.    I had […]

Important new report provides national overview of youth mentoring

As reported by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. Download full report here.   The Mentoring Effect is a compelling new report informed by the first-ever nationally representative survey of young people on the topic of both informal and formal mentoring, as well as a literature and landscape review and insights from a variety of key leaders […]

Policy Corner: America’s Focus Act of 2013 Supports Youth Mentoring

by Rev. Dr. W. Wilson Goode, Sr. I am using this space this month to call to your attention a piece of legislation that could change the future of youth mentoring in the country.  It is called America’s Focus Act of 2013 and is sponsored by U. S. House of Representatives member Chaka Fattah.  Congressman Fattah […]

K-12 Corner: "You can't give what you ain't got" - Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring

School-based mentoring: You can’t give what you ain’t got

post by Michael Karcher Recently I was talking with some mentors and program coordinators in Rochester, NY. We talked about school-based mentors who volunteer to enter the schools to work with youth. That lead to a discussion of natural mentors–remember them? that’s the way we mentored youth for the last 2000 years (but I digress). […]

Short Course on Youth Mentoring in the Digital Age

The MENTOR/UMass Boston Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring invites you to a short course on Youth Mentoring in the Digital Age.

Spark: Integrating Mentoring and Connected Learning

by Sarah Schwartz As described in an earlier post, connected learning is learning that is interest-driven, socially-embedded, and academically-oriented. In this post, I wanted to highlight Spark, an innovative program serving middle school students that is integrating mentoring and connected learning in an apprenticeship model. I had the privilege of attending a Match Event at one […]

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. […]

Amachi’s Expansion to Serve Military Youth

by Reverend Dr. W. Wilson Goode, Sr. “When (a) family member’s gone, it’s a great stress on the whole family,” says Alisha Watkins, a former military spouse whose daughter is matched in the Amachi Expansion for Military and Civilian Families (AEMCF) program through subgrantee Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star.  Having a mentor can “take (a child’s) mind […]

What is Your Evidence-Based Mentoring IQ? The Winner is…

by David DuBois I apologize for the delay in following up on my “evidence-based mentoring IQ” posting from May. I appreciate the time (and courage!) of all who took the time to try their hand at the quiz. The winner of the free copy of the new Handbook of Youth Mentoring (2nd edition) is F. […]