Mentoring expert, Michael Garringer, discusses the strengths of the mentoring field

Experts’ Corner: Mentoring in the era of COVID-19

From the ‘Mentoring in the era of COVID-19: Nine experts in the field weigh in article by Justin Preston and Monica Arkin

Michael Garringer, Director of Research and Evaluation at MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, this country’s most prominent mentoring advocacy organization. “This field had plenty of strengths prior to our current circumstances, and still does,” notes. He cites programs’ ability to be resourceful and continuously effective when it comes to bringing adults from the community into the lives of children. “Getting individuals to work that kind of person-to-person volunteering into their busy lives is challenging, but I think our field has done a really good job of reaching adults, generally,” he says.