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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Can older tutors complement a near-peer model? A national nonprofit says yes

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 connect to the young […]

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Sarah McKinney Gibson and Corita Brown, Ph.D.
September 12th, 2019
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Mentoring Helps Extend Educational Access To NYC Teen

As the 2019 school year begins, one young teen is more excited than most! Meet Mahamadou, a 14-year-old TEAK Fellowship mentee living in NYC.  Polite, thoughtful and very driven, Mahamadou is a young man with big goals: one goal being to expand his academic opportunities by attending boarding […]

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Hadleigh Kindberg, Communications Associate, MENTOR New York and Vanessa Greer, Mentor Program Manager, TEAK Fellowship
September 3rd, 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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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
Posted In: Advocacy, In Real Life

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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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