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Meeting Youth Where They Are: Why Social-Emotional Skills and Cultural Responsive Mentoring is Critical for College and Career Readiness

I knew something was off when I couldn’t focus in my courses, the weight of my head was too much to bear, and getting out of bed was increasingly difficult as the days passed. I couldn’t articulate this at the time, but I was suffering from depression. During […]

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Knitting a Sweater to Watch it Unravel: Mentoring and Advocacy Must Go Hand in Hand

I recently heard the metaphor that developing, supporting and sustaining mentoring programming but failing to advocate for mentoring and youth development policy simultaneously, is like knitting a sweater on one end just to watch it unravel on the other. In order to expand mentoring opportunities for young people […]

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Whitney Baker, Associate Director, MENTOR Nebraska
August 19th, 2019
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How Advocacy Can Help College Students Become Leaders

For many, college is a time to explore the issues they care about. In high school, students tend to be restricted by rigid schedules, and rarely get the opportunity to lend their voices to issues they care about in an academic setting. Most higher education institutions have clubs, […]

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Juliana Ojeda, Government Relations Intern, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
August 12th, 2019
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It’s All About Who & What You Know: Connecting Mentors & Foster Care

Nine years old and living in a van, I thought college was nothing but an impossible dream. My parents couldn’t provide adequate care for my siblings and I, so we lived in shelters, motels, and couch-surfed from home to home until the Department of Children and Family Services […]

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Jordan Sosa, Policy Coordinator- California Youth Connection
August 6th, 2019
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August is a Month of Mentoring Advocacy

Every year, members of Congress return to their communities for the entire month of August. Congress uses this month as a “recess” for legislative business, but it’s no break for members of Congress. They spend their time addressing critical district and state work by meeting with constituents, visiting […]

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Adriane Alicea, Director of Government Relations
July 30th, 2019
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Mentoring and Young People in Foster Care: Why Relationships Matter

BEST Kids is a nonprofit organization that provides one-on-one mentoring for over 150 youth in foster care in the Washington DC Metro area. We match caring and consistent adult mentors with youth to provide them not only the guidance and support they need to grow up, but also […]

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Krislyn Mossman, Executive Director, BEST Kids
May 8th, 2019
Posted In: Advocacy, Awareness, In Real Life, Mentoring Stories

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