ASPIRA in Action: Mentoring, Empowering and Investing in Latino Youth

ASPIRA Inc. of Illinois is a Puerto Rican non-profit organization committed to the self-determination of Latino and other underserved youth through educational opportunity, leadership development, and cultural awareness. In the City of Chicago, many young people of color lack the support and funding that create pathways toward opportunity. ASPIRA […]

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STEAM Rising: Mentors Across The Clubhouse Network Engage Youth in Creative Learning

The Clubhouse Network is an international community of 100 Clubhouses in 19 countries, providing youth with life-changing opportunities for nearly 25 years. Walk into a Clubhouse and you’re likely to find a pleasantly chaotic scene: Youth and adult mentors are scattered around the space, filming in front of […]

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Aviva Baff, Mentor Program Manager, The Clubhouse Network
October 18th, 2017
Posted In: In Real Life, Mentoring Stories

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In Real Life Blog Series: NBA Rookie Day Reflection

It has become all too common for me. Often times, when talking with a peer about mentoring, our exchange goes something like this: I mentored today. Oh, wow I’ve always wanted to be a mentor but I don’t think I can. Why not? There are several opportunities that […]

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Diana Chin, Mentor
September 5th, 2017
Posted In: In Real Life, Mentoring Stories, Recognition

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In Real Life Blog Series: The Things We Take Away

Each day, mentors build natural relationships with youth through simple interactions. This August, we’ll share stories and resources for mentors and mentees illustrating some fun ways to engage this summer. Below are a few of our staff’s favorite stories from moments where an activity they planned created a […]

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Brendan Anderson, Marketing and Communications Specialist
August 16th, 2017
Posted In: In Real Life, Mentoring Stories

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In Real Life Blog Series: Mentors Connecting Dreams to Careers

Mentors can play an instrumental part in preparing young people for college and career. America Needs You (ANY) shares how their program empowers first-generation college students to represent their authentic selves and translate their skills, goals, and dreams to opportunity. America Needs You (ANY) was founded in 2009 […]

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Saif Zihiri, Development and Communications Intern, America Needs You
July 26th, 2017
Posted In: Mentoring Stories

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Webs of Support: The Impact of Building Ecosystems for Youth

Mentors can play an instrumental part in preparing young people for college and career. Spark’s Career Exploration and Self-Discovery Program leads students and mentors through hands-on activities designed to increase students’ social and emotional skills, build social capital, and increase school performance and engagement. According to Dr. Janis […]

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Heather King, PhD, Director of Evaluation, Spark
July 12th, 2017
Posted In: Mentoring Stories, Research

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