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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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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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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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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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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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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