How the ‘Friends of the Children’ Mentorship Program Helps Vulnerable Youth Thrive

Terri Sorensen is president of Friends of the Children. Originally posted in The 74   Michael, who lives in Portland, Oregon, is the youngest of three kids. His mother, a domestic violence survivor, became a mom at age 16. When Michael was 4 years old, his father passed away in prison. Family circumstances such as […]

Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Julie Gehring

Written by Jelle de Graaf and Vera van den Berg Julie Gehring is the Director of Mentoring at Mother Caroline Academy in Boston. Mother Caroline Academy is a private, tuition-free school for girls in grades 4 to 8 from families with limited means. At the academy she works to match girls in grade 7 and […]

Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Willem Kooyker of MENTOR

By Jelle de Graaf and Vera van den Berg Mr. Willem Kooyker is the Chairman of the Board of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. Mr. Kooyker first became involved with MENTOR in 1993 and has remained a strong believer in mentoring ever since. Before being selected as chairman of the board, he served as a […]

Meet Gil Noam, an expert on trauma informed care

Gil Noam, Ed.D, Ph.D  is the founder and director of The PEAR Institute: Partnerships in Education and Resilience at Harvard University and McLean Hospital. The PEAR Institute is a translational center that connects research to practice and is dedicated to serving “the whole child-the whole day.” An associate professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School focusing on prevention […]

Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Jean Rhodes and Audrey Wittrup

Written by Justin Preston The following is an excerpted conversation held with Jean Rhodes, Ph.D., and her daughter, Audrey Wittrup, M.A.. Jean is the Frank L. Boyden Professor of Psychology at UMass Boston and Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring. Audrey is a doctoral student in clinical psychology at the University of Virginia. Audrey […]


Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with MENTOR’s Michael Garringer on his work translating research into practice

Written by Jelle de Graaf and Vera van den Berg Michael Garringer is the Director of Knowledge Management for The National Mentoring Partnership, MENTOR. Michael has played a vital role in the development of youth mentoring program supports for many years. One of the crucial roles Michael has within this field is the translation of […]

Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Dr. Liz Raposa

Written by Jelle de Graaf and Vera van den Berg   Dr. Elizabeth Raposa is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the College of William and Mary. Dr. Elizabeth Raposa has her own lab ‘Raposa lab’. Her ongoing research is related to stress and socio-emotional development. To visit her website. Click here. […]

Teens in military families: Two scholars explain the complexities

By Mallory Lucier Greer–Submitted by Amy Glaspie on Wed, 02/10/2016 – 10:33  Mallory Lucier-Greer, PhD, LMFT Assistant Professor Department of Family and Child Sciences, Florida State University Jay A. Mancini, PhD  Haltiwanger Distinguished Professor Department of Human Development and Family Science, The University of Georgia Question: What do you get when you combine a seasoned […]

Mentor gets student over the roadblock to college

Written by Alison Martin Shakyra Ragsdale (left) got a scare when trying to raise money for college, but her mentor, Jamila Trimuel, got her through.  In August 2014, no college freshman was more eager to start school than Shakyra Ragsdale, then 18. Bound for Tennessee State University, Shakyra dreamed of her first day of classes […]

Bill Russell: We are nothing without our mentors

Bill Russell, Special for USA TODAY Sports12:30 a.m. EST January 21, 2016 (Photo: AP) If not for George Powles, I would have never played basketball. A mentor who changed my life. Who was George Powles? The year was 1949 and I was a sophomore at McClymonds High School in Oakland. Back then, freshman couldn’t try […]