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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AmeriCorps VISTA Spotlight: Alissa Talbert

During my four years at Salisbury University, I played for the Women’s Lacrosse team. As an underclassman, I valued being surrounded by constant support and guidance from my coaching staff and teammates. We had a “little sister, big sister” support structure on the team that provided an opportunity […]

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Alissa Talbert, Affiliate Network VISTA at MENTOR
March 16th, 2020
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Connection in a time of Social Distancing

As a movement committed to relationships and proximity, we are thinking deeply about what the COVID-19 pandemic means for youth mentoring relationships and ensuring they are sustained in ways that are intentional and safe. While we continue to monitor information from health experts, we also want to use […]

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David Shapiro, President & CEO at MENTOR
March 12th, 2020
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AmeriCorps VISTA Spotlight: Dorothy Whitfield

I am excited to celebrate Women’s History Month this year as MENTOR’s Development VISTA through AmeriCorps. In this role I help add capacity to MENTOR’s Affiliates by offering fundraising support, creating and distributing fundraising tools and templates, and helping to lead in-person and virtual fundraising trainings. Having developed […]

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Dorothy Whitfield, Development VISTA at MENTOR
March 12th, 2020
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My Team of Six

I am the AmeriCorps VISTA serving as the Data Analyst at MENTOR Memphis Grizzles (MMG). Since those are a lot of words that don’t really say anything about my story of how I got here, let me start from the beginning. I was raised by women. That is […]

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Katie Castillo, Data Analyst VISTA at MENTOR Memphis Grizzlies
March 11th, 2020
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Unintentional Service

I fell into AmeriCorps while looking for a job on Craigslist, and it turned out serving in AmeriCorps was the best thing to happen me professionally. I served as an AmeriCorps state member—specifically as a Highland Street Ambassador of Mentoring with the Massachusetts Mentoring Partnership. Though the mentors […]

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Charline Alexandre-Joseph, Director of Workforce Development at MENTOR
March 10th, 2020
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