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Youth Initiated Mentoring as a Game Changer for Disconnected Youth in Nebraska

DECEMBER 10, 2015
BY: DEBORAH NEARY & WHITNEY MASTIN, MIDLANDS MENTORING PARTNERSHIP

At Midlands Mentoring Partnership (MMP), our community-wide data indicates that a priority must be made to reach the most vulnerable youth with quality formal mentoring services. A prospective solution came in 2013 when promising research was released that showed a tremendous potential for utilizing a new mentoring model called Youth Initiated Mentoring (YIM) to recruit positive adult role models to serve these youth. YIM empowers youth to identify and engage potential mentors within the constellation of caring adults already a part of their lives. The youth are then matched with their selected mentor in a formal mentoring model. The screening and training of the prospective mentor is supervised, facilitated, monitored, and supported by mentoring programs utilizing best practices.


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Welcome to the NMRC Blog!

DECEMBER 10, 2015
BY: MIKE GARRINGER, DIRECTOR OF KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT, MENTOR

The National Mentoring Resource Center has been providing technical assistance, training, and reviews of mentoring research and resources for almost one year now. In fact we recently posted 18 evidence-based reviews of programs and specific practices. But in spite of all this outreach and engagement of the youth mentoring community, we realized that there was more we could do to bring information and innovations to practitioners, policymakers, and researchers. This new blog represents one strategy in providing you with more access to insights, opinions, and fresh information that can strengthen your programs and build a true community of mentoring professionals nationally.

The NMRC blog will feature frequent posts from seasoned mentoring program staff and updates on new trends and innovations from established technical assistance providers and researchers. We want to bring more voices and more conversation to the NMRC work. And to that end, we’re happy to include reader comments with these posts. So if you read something provocative, interesting, or complex in this space, please join in the conversation and share your thoughts and wisdom!

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