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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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Student/Partner Alliance: Mentoring Beyond School

This September, we are celebrating Back to School by exploring the difference mentors can make in the lives of students. Student/Partner Alliance (S/PA) is a non-profit dedicated to providing urban students in the greater Newark, NJ area the support they need to graduate high school with a college […]

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Brendan Anderson
September 26th, 2019
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Can older tutors complement a near-peer model? A national nonprofit says yes

Header Photo Credit: Woodwalk Originally posted here, on Gen2Gen’s blog. Many nonprofits have long relied on “near-peer” tutors and mentors — youth and young adults who provide support to others relatively close in age, think college students as tutors for high school ones. They’re often plentiful, able to […]

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Sarah McKinney Gibson and Corita Brown, Ph.D.
September 12th, 2019
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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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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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Masculinity and Mentoring: How the Power of Relationships Can Change the Conversation

“We need to prove how strong we are all of the time.” We heard this sentiment from young men in cities across the country, talking about their experiences becoming men. Father figures, mentors, and a host of men who may not even realize it can show our boys […]

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David Shapiro (CEO of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership) & Dudney Sylla (Program Director of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership)
June 13th, 2019
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