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Mentoring Inquiries Surge After Baltimore Riots

Julia Craven huffingtonpost.com Riot-torn Baltimore’s smoky skies have given way to a silver lining. More than 300 inquiries about mentoring young people have poured into Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Chesapeake, the branch of the nonprofit serving the city, from adults interested in working with one of the 600-plus kids on the local waiting […]

Who in the world is Irvin Westheimer?

Editor’s Note: If you’re like me, you have always assumed that Big Brothers Big Sisters of America–which forever shaped the modern mentoring movement–was founded by court clerk and child advocate Ernest Coulter in the early 1900’s. But a little research (o.k. procrastination) revealed another less sung hero in it’s origins. Irvin Westheimer, who lived for more […]

Mentoring Youth of Incarcerated Parents: My Experience Volunteering at Big Brothers Big Sisters

Associate editor’s Note: The following article by Dr. Tim Cavell was originally published on The Huffington Post and is republished with permission of the author. In the recent past, The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring has published content exploring how children of incarcerated parents can benefit from a caring adult mentor. We learned from The Rev. Dr. W. […]

Big Brother Aids Youth With Big Steps: Mentor for 12-Year-Old Puts Priority on School Work

by Ralph Gardner, Jr. Wall Street Journal, Dec. 15 2014 When the Times Square area was suggested as a place to meet Fernando Luciano and Erik Lopez, I was surprised. I would have assumed that the challenge for 34-year-old Mr. Luciano would be to keep Erik, 12, as far away from Times Square—even the new […]

High school aged mentors: Challenges and recommendations

Editor’s note: In a comprehensive report on high school aged mentors, Carla Herrera and colleagues draw on data from their national study of Big Brothers Big Sisters SchoolBased Mentoring to explore the practice of enlisting high-school students to serve as volunteer mentors. They provide very useful insights and recommendations that are still quite relevant today.  In this […]

Big Brothers Big Sisters Announces new CEO

From Denise Ouellette Chair, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada I am pleased to announce the arrival of the new President & CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada: Steve Jones. Steve is a senior executive with over 25 years of experience in both the private and public sectors. In addition to careers at Apple […]

Mentoring Programs for Children of Military Families

by Tim Cavell, Ph.D. About five years ago, I approached some colleagues with the idea that school-based mentoring (SBM) was a good fit for children from military families. Researchers were learning that multiple and prolonged combat deployments were having significant and negative effects on military children and families. We reasoned that pairing military children with […]

New, Exciting…and Effective? Tips on Evaluating Innovative and New Programming

Organizations are evolving rapidly within the mentoring field – often adapting or launching new or innovative programs to meet local needs (and leverage local assets). Across the Big Brothers Big Sisters network, agencies are adding to or enhancing our core model at a surprising rate. A recent survey of the Big Brothers Big Sisters network […]

Mentor Screening Webinar on 3/20

In preparation for Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month, both in April, we are looking at the importance of mentor screening and how programs can ensure youth safety. Join the March webinar to learn about this critical component of all mentoring programs. MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership is proud to facilitate the Collaborative Mentoring Webinar […]

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 […]