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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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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
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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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August is a Month of Mentoring Advocacy

Every year, members of Congress return to their communities for the entire month of August. Congress uses this month as a “recess” for legislative business, but it’s no break for members of Congress. They spend their time addressing critical district and state work by meeting with constituents, visiting […]

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Adriane Alicea, Director of Government Relations
July 30th, 2019
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Masculinity and Mentoring: How the Power of Relationships Can Change the Conversation

“We need to prove how strong we are all of the time.” We heard this sentiment from young men in cities across the country, talking about their experiences becoming men. Father figures, mentors, and a host of men who may not even realize it can show our boys […]

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David Shapiro (CEO of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership) & Dudney Sylla (Program Director of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership)
June 13th, 2019
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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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SOS Outreach
May 16th, 2019
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