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NMRC national quality member spotlight: BBBS Independence Region

Written by Abigail Ellis, National Mentoring Resource Center As the fourth largest agency in one of the oldest and most respected brands in the youth mentoring business, one might wonder why Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region enthusiastically engaged in a thorough quality assessment of their practices called NQMS or the National Quality Mentoring System. CEO Marcus Allen puts it […]

Youth with high stress need mentors carefully chosen to match with them

by Elizabeth Raposa, youthtoday.org In recent decades, youth mentoring programs have grown exponentially in popularity and have received increasing support from both private and public sources of funding. These programs have helped ensure that more youth have access to a close relationship with a caring adult, which can provide a wide array of benefits, including […]

A Spotlight on The Mentoring Enhancement Demonstration Project (MEDP)

by Bobbi Jo Ortiz, LCSW, CEO & Annette Baumann, Big Brothers Big Sisters El Paso A repost from National Mentoring Resource Center Project Name: Northward Bound Mentoring Enhancement Project Agencies/Programs Involved: Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Lubbock, BBBS of Las Cruces (now BBBS Mountain Region) Why did you decide to get involved in the MEDP project? What […]

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Mentoring relationships as a context for service delivery: What do you think?

by Michael Garringer Psychotherapy researchers have long argued about how direct and goal-oriented the therapist should be.  There are some who believe that, if a strong relationship is forged between the therapist and client, a “corrective experience” leading to a cascade of good outcomes will eventually emerge. Others believe that the practice of therapy works […]

Profiles in Mentoring: Rich Greif of BBBS Massachusetts Bay on match support, tech in mentoring, and more

Written by Maaike Kroes and Iris Kools Rich Greif is the vice president of Marketing, Communications and Community Relations of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay (BBBSMB). He oversees all the volunteer and youth recruitment, as well as all the marketing and branding for the agency. Rich first got involved with mentoring when he […]

Leaving So Soon? Researchers Investigate Why Mentoring Matches End Early

Mentoring relationship closures in Big Brothers Big Sisters community mentoring programs: Patterns and associated risk factors. DeWit, D., DuBois, D., Erdem, G., Larose, S., Lipman, E., & Spencer, R. (2016). American Journal of Community Psychology, 0, 1-13. DOI: 10.1002/ajcp.12023. Summarized by Justin Preston   Introduction While previous research has demonstrated the overall positive benefits associated with […]

New research investigates parents’ influence on success of mentoring relationship in academics

Editor’s Note: The present study helps to further support the idea of the important role that parents play in the success of a formal mentoring relationship with regards to academic outcomes. As such, mentoring programs could potentially further boost their positive outcomes by connecting with and collaborating with parents during the mentoring process. Larose, S., […]

New research identifies program practices as predictors of match longevity

Kupersmidt, J. B., Stump, K. N., Stelter, R. L., & Rhodes, J. E. (2017). Mentoring program practices as predictors of match longevity. Journal of Community Psychology, 1, 1-16. DOI: 10.1002/jcop.21883 Summarized by Justin Preston Introduction Mentoring relationships have long been associated with positive academic, social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes for youth. These positive findings, though, […]

16 Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) affiliates selected to participate in the nationwide “Youth Relationships Study.”

Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters is proud to announce that it is one of 16 Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) affiliates selected from across the country to participate in the nationwide “Youth Relationships Study.” This rigorous study will evaluate the benefits that BBBS mentoring relationships provide to participating youth in several key areas, such as […]

Good Enough Mentors

by Timothy Cavell   In the 2nd edition of the Handbook of Youth Mentoring (DuBois & Karcher, 2013), Chris Elledge and I (Cavell & Elledge, 2013) offered this definition of youth mentoring: Youth men­toring is the practice of using program-sponsored relationships between identified youth and older volunteers (or paraprofessionals) as a context for prevention-focused activities […]