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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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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City Year: Exploring Growth Mindset in High-Need Schools

Originally featured on City Year’s blog. As part of City Year’s ongoing efforts to integrate research-based academic and social-emotional supports that are designed to ensure students come to school every day, ready to learn and on track to high school graduation, City Year is piloting a free, online […]

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City Year with support from the Raikes Foundation and PERTS
July 5th, 2017
Posted In: Education, Mentoring Stories, Research

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In Real Life Blog Series: Mentors Coach Students to Success

Research shows that having a mentor in a young person’s life can be instrumental to all aspects of his or her development. Whether it is through direct mentoring in real life or programs like the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Soccer for Success program, having a mentor creates positive and meaningful […]

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U.S. Soccer Foundation
May 30th, 2017
Posted In: In Real Life, Mentoring Stories

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In Real Life Blog Series: Instilling Healthy Habits and Mindsets through Sports

As the school year winds down and summer approaches, we’re sharing stories about how positive mentoring relationships support a healthy lifestyle through physical activity. This post recognizes the important work done by Up2Us Sports’ mentoring model, which unites coaches and youth through their shared love of sport. Delmy […]

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Up2Us Sports
May 24th, 2017
Posted In: In Real Life, Mentoring Stories

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How My Mentors Helped Me Through Foster Care

Why do Foster Youth Need Mentors? Foster youth have lived many lives—many times even before entering foster care. Many have been robbed of their innocence and often lack the fundamentals of how to create and maintain stable relationships. It can be isolating to not feel a sense of […]

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Athena Garcia-Gunn
May 17th, 2017
Posted In: Advocacy, Mentoring Stories

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