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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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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Harnessing the power of positive mentors & outdoor experiences for healthy and resilient youth

Outdoor experiences have a profound impact on us, physically, mentally, and emotionally — being outside helps us live healthier and happier lives. Yet for many young people, these experiences are outside of reach. Combine the healing power of nature with the transformative power of a mentor and that’s […]

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SOS Outreach
May 16th, 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
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Members of Congress Rally Together to Support Funds for Mentoring

In March, the White House released its proposed fiscal year 2020 budget (FY20) in which they requested $58 million for the OJJDP Youth Mentoring Program grant housed at the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). This request is a $37 million cut from the current funding […]

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MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
April 22nd, 2019
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