DECEMBER 13, 2018
BY: MERLYNE PIERRE, PROGRAM MANAGER, MENTOR: THE NATIONAL MENTORING PARTNERSHIP
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.