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Fostering a sense of belonging through group mentoring

By Joanna Dumas, Partners for Youth with Disabilities PYD has been offering mentoring programs to young people with disabilities for over 35 years; mentoring is the core of what we do. Over the years, additional programs have been added, including Access to Theater, Career Readiness, Youth Leadership Forum, and Young Leaders Rising, and while the […]

Webinar: SEL Mindsets and Practices to #KnowEachStudent

The “SEL Mindsets and Practices to #KnowEachStudent” webinar, which included speakers from Along, Educating All Learners Alliance (EALA), and Understood, focused on ways that educators and students can create a sense of belonging in the classroom every day. To learn more about strategies for creating positive teacher-student relationships,  watch the full webinar here.

Building Relationships with Diverse Learners

Meet Laura Tollis, an 8th-grade teacher who co-teaches math, social studies, language arts and whose primary focus is supporting students with special needs. She describes how she builds relationships with all the students in her class, and offers tips to connect better with those who have diverse needs and invisible disabilities: When I set out […]

At the Intersection: Creating a Culture of Belonging through the Lens of MBE and DEB

On Jan. 27th, Feb. 3rd, and Feb. 10th at 7 p.m. EST The Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (CTTL) is holding their Winter Webinar Series,  At the Intersection: Creating a Culture of Belonging through the Lens of MBE and DEB.

Building Welcoming Environments for Young People of Color

By The Annie E. Casey Foundation All young people should feel like they belong — that they are welcome and recognized as human beings with strengths, potential and aspirations. Yet, this isn’t a given for young people of color, whose culture, history and accomplishments are often absent or unrecognized by the people and places shaping […]

How natural mentoring and sense of belonging affect resilience of adolescents in out-of-home care

Sulimani-Aidan, Y., & Tayri-Schwartz, T. (2021). The role of natural mentoring and sense of belonging in enhancing resilience among youth in care. Children and Youth Services Review, 120, 105773. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.105773 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Resilience is an essential factor to consider when examining youth who experienced adversity. While it can be a complex […]

Adolescents’ perception of mentor alliance and sense of belonging in a site-based mentoring program

Kazlauskaite, V., Braughton, J. E., Weiler, L. M., Haddock, S., Henry, K. L., & Lucas-Thompson, R. (2020). Adolescents’ Experiences of Mentor Alliance and Sense of Belonging in a Site-based Mentoring Intervention. Children and Youth Services Review, 105040. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.105040 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although evidence suggests that approximately half of American mentoring programs have site-based […]