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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How We Built an Advocacy Coalition and Campaign to Expand Mentoring for Students

At Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP), we believe that every young person in Massachusetts has the right to access mentors and adult role models to help them reach their full potential. One foundational goal of MMP’s advocacy is to embed mentoring in systems and institutions as a means of […]

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Chelsea Aquino, Manager of Government Relations and Public Policy, Mass Mentoring Partnership
August 21st, 2018
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Turning Advocacy into Action

Growing up on the fringe of D.C., it’s ironic to think that running around the White House Lawn during an Easter Egg Roll was the closest I got to politics. That is… until my first Capitol Hill Day in 2016! Thanks to MENTOR, I have learned how to […]

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Margie Morris, Executive Director, MENTOR Illinois
August 6th, 2018
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