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[The Sala Series Podcast] Ep. 8: Mark Shapiro & David Shapiro

Tune in to The Sala Series Podcast, hosted by Dalen Cuff & Monica McNutt. In the eighth episode, Mark & David Shapiro discuss their journey together as well as the importance of investing in mentorship. To listen to the episode, please click here.

Translating Freedom Dreaming Into Actionable Commitments Your Organization Can Implement Now

By Tara Spann (Chief People and Strategy Officer, MENTOR), America’s Promise Alliance Imagine a world where people were not judged or treated differently simply because of who they BE.  Visualize a world free of injustices, free of hate, free of ignorance.  Dream a world of joy, a world of love.  These are my freedom dreams. […]

7 Books About Black History to Use as Mentor Texts

A curated list of texts to guide students to explore Black history and practice a variety of writing moves at the same time. By Stacey Shubitz, edutopia A number of people and events in Black history are commonly taught in schools—Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Frederick Douglass—but there are many more lesser-known but critically […]

[Webinar] A Pathway to Youth Advocacy: Mentoring Strategies to Support Young People

Date: Feb 17, 2022 01:00 PM EST With more and more organizations becoming more youth-centered, more and more of them are interested in incorporating advocacy into their programs Join this webinar to learn 1) how mentoring and advocacy align, 2) essential practices for developing youth advocacy initiatives, and 3) what program managers and youth advocates […]

New study explores the contexts, barriers, and motivations of friend’s parents and family friends as natural youth mentors

Christensen, K. M., & Poon, C. Y. S. (2021). Exploring Friend’s Parents and Family Friends as Natural Mentors for Youth: Contexts, Motivation, and Barriers. Journal of Child and Family Studies. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-021-02153-5 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Natural mentorships are a viable way to provide emotional, social, functional, and instrumental support for youth. Granovetter’s model is […]

[Webinar] The Twelfth Annual National Mentoring Summit

Date: January 26 – 28, 2022 The 12th Annual National Mentoring Summit will feature researchers, practitioners, youth leaders, MENTOR affiliates, and other mentoring professionals involved in the nationwide mentoring movement. This hybrid event will feature discussions on building a unified mentoring agenda, improving programs/practices, and establishing mentoring relationships that will promote positive youth development. Click […]

When relationships come first in schools, success follows

By Jean Eddy and David Shapiro, Youth Today After more than a year of disrupted school for most of the country, we know that meaningful relationships are a powerful part of our young people’s lives. Based on our work and research, we also know they play a key role in helping kids explore and navigate […]

New study highlights the five mentoring competencies (5MCs) in mentor training

Spiekermann, L., Lawrence, E., Lyons, M., & Deutsch, N. (2021). A qualitative analysis of the utility of a competency framework for mentor training. Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning. https://doi.org/10.1080/13611267.2021.1986793 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Despite the prevalence of formal mentoring programs, many mentors have trouble establishing and maintaining close and long-lasting relationships with their […]

[Webinar] “Imma put the lil homies on next”: Mentoring, mixtapes, and hip-hop-informed approaches to collecting data

Date: Nov 18, 2021 01:00 PM EST Although there’s a growing number of studies on the experiences of Black men in higher education, there isn’t as much research on this subject that incorporates culturally sensitive, arts-based methodologies. The study featured in this event applies hip hop to traditional qualitative methods to create a mixtape* that […]

LAST CHANCE: Act Now for Advocacy August!

In order to close the mentoring gap and ensure all youth have the positive relationships that they deserve, it is critical that we advocate for policies in Congress that will increase the quality and quantity of mentoring programs. For Advocacy August, you can make a difference right now by taking just two minutes to contact your Member […]