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National Quality Member Spotlight: The Garage Community and Youth Center

NOVEMBER 14, 2018
BY: ABIGAIL ELLIS M.S.W., EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MENTOR INDEPENDENCE REGION

The Garage Community

The Garage Community and Youth Center has been a haven for middle and high school youth living near their two sites in Kennett Square and West Grove, Pennsylvania. Amongst diverse out of school time, programs like arts, community service activities, career coaching, and tutoring, their longstanding mentoring program was a cornerstone for the center. Operated by a tenured staff member with deep organizational knowledge, the program provided high quality mentoring experiences year over year to the Garage students.  

While students were receiving high quality services, the Garage staff ran into a common problem. Executive Director Kristin Proto says, "When one person is running [the program], the process lives in that person's head. Doing this assessment can help bring that knowledge back to the organization. We can ask questions like, how does what we say we do translate into what happens on the ground? Is it working? Is what we put into place five years ago still relevant?"  

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National Quality Member Spotlight: Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region

NOVEMBER 13, 2018
BY: ABIGAIL ELLIS M.S.W., EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MENTOR INDEPENDENCE REGION

NQMS

As the fourth largest agency in one of the oldest and most respected brands in the youth mentoring business, one might wonder why Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region enthusiastically engaged in a thorough quality assessment of their practices called NQMS or the National Quality Mentoring System. CEO Marcus Allen puts it this way, "As an organization, we must always strive to be better – be better for the kids and families who depend on us, be better for the volunteers who spend nearly 80,000 hours annually to help create stronger communities, and be better for our stakeholders who expect the best from us. The context of mentoring is changing, and the context in which our youth are living their lives is changing. And we need to get out in front of those changes so that we can respond to them proactively."

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NMRC Announces New Podcast Series on Mentoring Research

OCTOBER 22, 2018
BY: MIKE GARRINGER, DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH AND EVALUATION, MENTOR: THE NATIONAL MENTORING PARTNERSHIP

Reflections on ResearchWe are happy to officially launch the NMRC’s first podcast series, Reflections on Research, which offers interviews with leading researchers and scholars about their youth mentoring research and how practitioners can use that information to improve their work with volunteers and youth.

Here at the NMRC, we are very invested in applying more research to the work of programs around the country, but also recognize that busy practitioners can have a hard time tracking down research articles in often obscure journals or can struggle to find the time to read lengthy reports from major new studies. The new series of podcasts is designed to make it easier for those working in mentoring programs, as well as funders and policymakers, to hear directly from the research community and learn from leading scholars about exciting new findings and key innovations being tested in their studies.

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A Spotlight on The Mentoring Enhancement Demonstration Project (MEDP)

SEPTEMBER 17, 2018
BY: BOBBI JO ORTIZ, LCSW, CEO & ANNETTE BAUMANN, BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS (BBBS) EL PASO

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) El Paso

This blog post is part of a brief series MENTOR has put together highlighting the work of grantees of Mentoring Enhancement Demonstration Project (MEDP) funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. This innovative project, which began in FY 2012, was intended to test whether mentoring programs could make enhancements to their usual services that strengthened mentors’ ability to serve as advocates and take on more of an explicit teaching role with their mentees. The hope was that this approach might strengthen mentor-mentee relationships and lead to stronger outcomes for youth.

Now that the evaluation of the project is coming to a close, we wanted to highlight the unique and innovative approaches to teaching and advocacy developed by several of the funded organizations. These posts highlight their excellent work and can illustrate for other mentoring programs how they might approach program improvements and participate in research projects in the future. The National Mentoring Resource Center thanks each grantee for their contributions to the project and for sharing their reflections with us here.

Below is one of many more blog posts to come detailing MEDP grantees wonderful contributions to the mentoring field.

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College & Career Readiness Program Spotlight: Adopt a Class

SEPTEMBER 14, 2018
BY: MELANIE ERVIN, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATION, ADOPT A CLASS

Adopt a Class ModelAdopt A Class, a Unique Approach to Group Mentoring

Hi Friends, It’s Melanie Ervin, Director of Communication of Adopt A Class. I am here to share our work and 3 lessons we’ve learned that has sustained our program year over year.

But first, What is Adopt A Class?

Adopt A Class (AAC) is group mentoring program in Greater Cincinnati that connects businesses and civic groups to students in high poverty schools. Serving students Pre-K through 8th grade for more than 15 years, the AAC program positively impacts the students AND businesses involved. Today, Adopt A Class serves over 6000 students with the help of over 2500 mentors, representing 150 organizations.

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