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How Formal Mentoring Programs Can Facilitate Natural Mentoring Relationships

by Sarah Schwartz  I recently had the privilege of being part of a conversation organized by the Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania on what mentoring programs can do to facilitate natural mentoring relationships. The conversation was prompted in part by  findings that emerged from  the new Mentoring Effect report, stating that youth are more likely […]

FORUM: What is your most effective mentor recruitment message?

Mentoring programs are becoming increasingly sophisticated in how they recruit mentors and the messages they use to get volunteers to take the plunge and formally apply to be a mentor. Large national organizations might hire leading advertising firms to carefully craft their recruitment messages, but even the smallest local programs can come up with a […]

Wanted: Regular Janes and Joes for Midlands Mentoring Partnership

By Nancy Gaarder / World-Herald staff writer If Tom Osborne and Kent Pekel were to write a classified ad for mentors, it would probably read something like this: Wanted: Regular Janes and Joes. Superheros need not apply. Mentoring is one of the best ways to turn around lives, and prospective mentors need not be intimidated, […]

Teaching Youth to Recruit Supportive Adults

 by Sarah Schwartz The story of 15-year-old Davion Only has gone viral, following an article published in the Tampa Bay Times about his appeal to a church congregation for an adoptive family (see story here). Davion had been in foster care all of his life, waiting for a family to adopt him. It was his […]

Nationwide Effort to Recruit Male Mentors for 12,000 African American Boys

from PRNewswire ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — When renowned radio personality Michael Baisden posted “A real man takes care of his kids no matter what the relationship is with the mother of the child,” on his Facebook page, he never anticipated the over nine million views or one million plus likes and comments he received as feedback! The […]