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Congressional Briefing: Expanding Opportunity for Young People of Color

Check out highlights from the recent Congressional Briefing hosted by MENTOR with the Congressional My Brother’s Keeper Caucus in Washington, D.C. by viewing our Storify!


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Research has consistently shown that mentoring relationships can have a significant positive effect on young people – yet the mentoring gap still persists with one in three young people in America not having access to a mentor. One of the easiest ways we can help narrow this gap is to integrate mentoring into a holistic approach to driving achievement – one which cannot succeed without dedicated efforts across many fields. The Mentoring Effect, a research report released in 2014, identified some paths forward towards that goal:

Check out our advocacy toolkit that includes resources to help you communicate with Congress, engage online and learn to effectively advocate for mentoring!


Paths forward to goal

  • Integrating mentoring into other national initiatives such as those aimed at reducing poverty, drug abuse and violence, and promoting healthy decision making
  • Prioritizing mentoring relationships for those young people most in need
  • Expanding local, state, and federal public policies that advance quality mentoring
  • Ensuring that all structured mentoring is quality mentoring through the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™
  • Supporting and increasing private sector engagement in mentoring
  • Facilitating connections between research and practice – such as the National Quality Mentoring System and the National Mentoring Resource Center
  • Exploring innovations like technology or youth-initiated mentoring
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