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Ask Congress to Stand up for Mentoring

Over the next few weeks Congress will decide funding levels for some of the nation’s most important federal programs. We want the needs of young people to be top of mind for members of Congress right now. Mentoring programs look very different due to the impact of COVID-19. Programs across the nation are connecting young […]

Urge your member of congress to help reduce chronic absenteeism!

Help us help MENTOR in letting Congress know that you support the CARES act today! Schools should be places where young people go every day and find caring relationships, but that cannot happen if students are not provided the supports needed to show up every day. The bipartisan Chronic Absenteeism Reduction in Every School (CARES) […]

How can mentors serve as advocates for GLBTQ youth?

  By Christian Rummell I remember the deep sense of “otherness” that I felt as a kid struggling to figure out who I was. I remember the bullying, the constant fear of being judged, and the days that I attempted to hide my tears until I made it through the front doors of my old […]

10 LGBTQ Resources for Mentors

Editor’s Note: Recent research findings (e.g. Patrick Tolen’s 2013 meta-analysis) imply that mentors should be advocates for their mentees. In previous discussion of what advocacy means, Professor Renée Spencer suggests that one form of advocacy is a mentor leveraging his or her resources on behalf of their mentee. As we approach National Coming Out Day (NCOD) this […]

FORUM: What does it mean for a mentor to be an “advocate” for a young person?

Last week, we began exploring the connections between advocacy and mentoring with a moving piece on the ways a mentor could advocate for gay and lesbian youth. This week we share some additional perspectives on how mentors can serve as “advocates” in working with children and adolescents. This issue comes out of David DuBois’ 2011 […]