Strengthening Connections: Mentoring Youth During a Pandemic

By U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Reprinted from National Mentoring Resource Center Youth mentoring relies on the power of human connections. Maintaining those connections in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic may be challenging, but it is an important and worthwhile effort. As President Trump said, “Mentors serve not […]

[Webinar] Designing Curriculum for Group Mentoring

Thursday, September 17, 2020, 1:00 – 2:15 PM Eastern This webinar addresses factors to consider as you design curriculum for your group mentoring program. The webinar will begin with discussion of how to select group sizes and mentor to mentee ratios that will help your effort to run smoothly and to reach intended goals. Presenters […]

OJJDP-sponsored research yields important findings on youth mentoring

DuBois, D. L., Alem, F., Silverthorn, N., & Stewart, K. (2020). Synthesis of OJJDP-sponsored mentoring research. National Mentoring Resource Center. Summarized by Monica Arkin Notes of Interest: Nearly one in five experimental/quasi-experimental studies found that youth participation in mentoring programs yielded statistically significant outcomes. Multiple studies reported difficulties with consistent program implementation. Six out […]

Funding Opportunity from OJJDP

Comprehensive School-Based Approach to Youth Violence and Victimization All applications are due by 11:59 PM EDT on May 20, 2019. This program supports a comprehensive effort to address youth violence and victimization through implementing evidence-based prevention, intervention, and accountability efforts in a school-based setting. For more information, click here. /// Opioid Affected Youth Initiative All applications […]

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 […]

What’s new in public policy? November, 2018

By Janet Forbush Background:  The past ten days in the history of the United States of America have been startling, horrifying, and nationally traumatizing on several levels.  How often have we heard the phrase “words matter” over these past several days?  But are we truly listening to those two words?  As youth advocates and mentors, […]

OJJDP FY2015 announces a new RFP: Bridging Research and Practice Project To Advance Juvenile Justice and Safety

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is seeking applications for the FY15 Bridging Research and Practice Project to Advance Juvenile Justice and Safety (The Bridge Project). The Bridge Project will develop research-to-practice resources to advance the understanding, translation, and application of research […]

“Dear Colleague” Letter Calls for Investment in Youth Mentoring

Abbie Evans, Director of Government Relations, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership This week, Representative Frederica Wilson (FL-24) launched an effort in the U.S. House of Representatives to support investments in quality youth mentoring. She circulated a “Dear Colleague” letter  asking her House colleagues to join her in writing Rep. John Culberson (TX-7),who chairs the committee that […]

OJJDP funding opportunity for re-entry mentoring program

Due Monday, March 2, 2015 The Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention is accepting applications (PDF, 117 KB) from programs that will help ensure that the transition young fathers make from secure confinement facilities and out-of-home placement back to their families and their communities is successful and promotes public safety. Programs will be able to […]

Teens Whose Parents Exert More Psychological Control Have Trouble With Closeness, Independence in Relationships

by Hannah Klein, SRCD For teenagers, learning to establish a healthy degree of autonomy and closeness in relationships (rather than easily giving in to peer pressure) is an important task. A new longitudinal study has found one reason adolescents struggle with balancing autonomy and closeness in relationships: parents’ psychological control. Teens whose parents exerted more psychological control over […]