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Webinar: Making the Connection-STEM & MENTORING

MAKING THE CONNECTION: STEM & MENTORING Thursday, July 18, 2019 1:00PM – 2:15PM EDT Increasing exposure and engagement in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) is currently a large focus of many youth serving programs around the country. This webinar will focus on research-informed best practices and strategies that mentoring programs can implement to strengthen […]

Creating tiered levels of support to sustainably reduce coordinator burn-out

By Chris Hultquist, National Mentoring Resource Center Five years ago, I quickly became the ringleader of the controlled chaos at The Mentor Connector. At first, the small staff were overworked and struggling to keep up with the demand. Our mentor match to staff ratio was well over 65:1 and funding for mentoring services had been […]

NMRC: Support for Match Closure

National Mentoring Resource Center The focus of this practice on supporting healthy endings to mentoring relationships is consistent with Rhodes’ model of youth mentoring, which suggests that both positive and negative relationship experiences can influence the emotional development of the mentee (Rhodes, 2005; Rhodes et al., 2006). The potential for support for match closure to […]

A mentoring initiative that strives to support the whole child

By Nury Crawford, Gwinnett County Public Schools National Mentoring Resource Center Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Community-Based Mentoring Program in Gwinnett County, Georgia plays an important role in our school district’s efforts to support students. In 2008, our CEO/Superintendent created the program to address a need in our community—a need to support underserved African American young […]

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 […]

Upcoming webinars on the Mentoring Enhancement Demonstration Program

National Mentoring Resource Center The recently completed evaluation of the Mentoring Enhancement Demonstration Program (MEDP) offered a fascinating look at how mentoring programs can think about making targeted enhancements to their services and improve the quality and consistency of mentoring that youth receive. Ten collaborative partnerships of mentoring programs around the country each attempted, via […]

NMRC review on mentoring for youth with disabilities

Review by National Mentoring Resource Center This review examined research on mentoring for youth (ages 25 and younger) who have a disability, including physical, cognitive, learning, and developmental disabilities, and excluding psychiatric disabilities which have been discussed elsewhere. It addressed four questions: What is the documented effectiveness of mentoring for youth with disabilities? What factors condition […]

NMRC announces new podcast series on mentoring research

By Mike Garringer National Mentoring Resource Center NMRC is launching its first podcast series, Reflections on Research, which offers interviews with leading researchers and scholars about their youth mentoring research and how practitioners can use that information to improve their work with volunteers and youth. Here at the NMRC, we are very invested in applying more […]