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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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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Power of Peer Mentoring

The benefits of mentoring for young people are significant and well-established – youth development research shows that quality mentoring relationships with a caring adult have powerful positive effects on young people’s educational, personal, and professional situations, especially for young people who face an opportunity gap. For nearly 30 […]

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Marc Spencer, CEO of Summer Search
January 24th, 2019
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