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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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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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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The Power of Mentoring Black Girls in Chicago

From someone getting shot right under our first-floor window to occasionally being in the middle of a police foot chase, I witnessed first-hand the struggles of poverty and living in a violence-stricken neighborhood growing up on the Southside of Chicago. Many of the people I grew up with […]

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Deidra Bibbs, Ladies of Virtue Mentee
March 19th, 2019
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Statement on White House FY20 Budget Proposal

In response to the budget request to Congress, MENTOR CEO David Shapiro said: We stand for making public investment in our youngest and most vulnerable a priority. The White House’s budget proposal cuts by nearly 40% the Youth Mentoring Grant, a program that is grounded in evidence-based research […]

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David Shapiro, CEO of MENTOR
March 15th, 2019
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