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Child Abuse Prevention Month: Resources and Learning Opportunities from OJJDP and the NMRC

APRIL 9, 2019

Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time for communities nationwide to encourage action to improve the safety and well-being of youth. National Child Abuse Prevention Month is an annual observance that focuses on promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families, and raising awareness about the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect. According to a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) report, 3.5 million children were subject to at least one maltreatment report in fiscal year 2017. OJJDP is partnering with the HHS Administration for Children and Families’ Children’s Bureau, the National Children’s Alliance, and OJJDP’s National Mentoring Resource Center to promote community partnerships and support efforts to address child abuse and neglect. Learn more about these partnerships and what you can do to end child abuse.

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MARCH 15, 2019

Art Heals!

Karen pulls up to the suburban four-bedroom home in West Phoenix, opens her trunk and pulls out two green canvas bags that read “Free Arts” on the side. She looks up and notices a small face pressed against the glass in the front window. The front door swings open and a staff member from the foster care group home unlocks the screen from the inside, letting Karen into the house. Immediately, two grade school aged girls run up and ask, “What are we making today, Miss Karen?” “You’ll see!” Karen replies with a twinkle in her eye. “Want to help me set out the supplies?” The girls agree and set to work. Soon, five other girls trickle into the kitchen area, some with wet hair fresh from the shower, others already in their pajamas. They gather around the large dining table, picking up supplies and asking excited questions, “Are these for us?” “What are these?” “Ooo, shiny!” one exclaims about some stickers fresh from the package. “I’m new here, who are you?” one asks.

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A Mentoring Initiative that Strives to Support the Whole Child

MARCH 6, 2019


Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Community-Based Mentoring Program in Gwinnett County, Georgia plays an important role in our school district’s efforts to support students. In 2008, our CEO/Superintendent created the program to address a need in our community—a need to support underserved African American young males.

The success of the program and its students led to expansion of the program, which now serves African American female students and Hispanic students as well. The mission of our program is to provide mentoring to our students to enhance their social and academic development, resulting in their growth as successful and responsible young adults.

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Celebrate National Mentoring Month

JANUARY 16, 2018

National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month, an annual mentoring campaign nationwide dedicated to celebrating and elevating the mentoring movement. This month, here at MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, we are celebrating the power of relationships. This month, we reflect on the growth of the mentoring movement, recognize the need to continue to recruit new mentors, and offer opportunities to thank the mentors who have positively impacted our lives. Join us in celebrating mentoring and the positive effects it has on young people.

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2018 in Review, and Looking Ahead to 2019 with the NMRC

DECEMBER 13, 2018

2018 in Review

As 2018 comes to a close, the NMRC team would like to thank this community of mentoring and youth development practitioners, researchers, advocates and others for your relentless work to support youth across America and equip them with relationships, skills, and experiences to achieve their goals. Now is a great time for us to think back on what we have accomplished, and start mapping out the groundwork for the work 2019 has in store.

For the OJJDP NMRC, 2018 has been an exciting year of spotlights on mentoring programs, research, and updates on existing tools and evidence reviews. The NMRC Research Board published an online module on Supporting and Inspiring Native Youth along with an evidence review on mentoring for youth with disabilities, look out for more content coming soon on mentoring for American Indian and Alaska Native youth. Additionally, program reviews were added, which provided insight on the Peraj Mentoring Program, don’t forget to read the Insights for Practitioners. Updates were made to practice reviews with additional secondary data analysis, such as Pre-Match Mentor Training and the Measurement Guidance Toolkit, which now includes 9 new measures of mentoring relationship quality for use in mentoring program evaluations. Supplementary Research Board-reviewed resources were added, including How to Build a Successful Mentoring Program Using the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring, and we launched new podcast series, Reflections in Research.

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