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New research on how to systematically improve mentoring programs through the implementation of evidence-based best practices

Lachance, L., Watson, C., Blais, D., Ungar, M., Healey, G., Salaffie, M., Sundar, P., Kelly, L., Lagace, M. C. (2019). Strengthening child and youth programs: A look at inter-organizational mentoring strategies. Evaluation and Program Planning, 76, 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2019.101679 Summarized by Karina DeAndrade Notes of Interest: The purpose of this study was to examine an effort by […]

The many invisible forces: Why mentoring “best practices” are sometimes not enough

by Jean E. Rhodes My resolution for 2019 is to finally complete and submit my new book, tentatively titled “Rethinking Mentoring.” One thing I discuss is in the book is that, despite careful screening and interviewing, evidence-based training and case management, and even intuition informed by long experience, there is a fair amount of luck involved […]

Chicago launches one-stop shop of youth mentoring opportunities

By Maudlyne Ihejirika  Propelling the challenge made by the mayor in his inaugural address, the city on Monday launches an online one-stop shop designed to connect Chicagoans with youth mentoring opportunities. One Good Deed Chicago, previously a website repository of the city’s nonprofits, has been revamped to play matchmaker between Chicagoans interested in positively influencing the […]

Strengthening Adult Capacities to Improve Child Outcomes

by Jack P. Shonkoff, Harvard University, From SpotlightonPoverty.org Achieving sustained prosperity in any society depends on building a strong foundation in all children in order to help them fulfill many roles: successful learners, healthy and productive workers, contributing members of their community, and effective parents of the next generation. Early childhood policies and programs contribute to […]

Discussion: What do you wish you could do more of in your youth mentoring program? - Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring

Discussion: What do you wish you could do more of in your program?

In some ways, running a youth mentoring program is about tradeoffs. We may want to serve more kids, try new approaches, build more creative partnerships, but often these desires are constrained by available resources, staff skills and time, or the competition for volunteers and stakeholder interest. Sometimes, we even find ourselves constrained by “best practices” […]