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2017 in Review, and Looking Ahead to 2018 with the NMRC

DECEMBER 19, 2017

2018As 2017 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 tireless 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 all to think back on what we have accomplished, and start laying the groundwork for the work 2018 has in store.

2017 has been an exciting year for the OJJDP NMRC. The NMRC Research Board published three new evidence reviews – on mentoring for youth in foster care, one-to-one cross-age peer mentoring, and e-mentoring, which expanded our knowledge about what works for specific communities of young people and how unique program models can meet young people’s needs. We hope you’ll check them out, and don’t forget to look at the Implications for Practice section at the end of each review to consider how these learnings relate to your work in the field. You can find the full list of evidence reviews here.

We also posted several reviews of mentoring practices, or sets of tasks or strategies for implementing some component of a mentoring program. We now know more about matching strategies informed by participant characteristics, setting and working on mentee goals, recruiting male mentors, and preventing bullying and victimization. Don’t forget to read the Insights for Practitioners as you look over these reviews, for some rich reflection on the research and implications for your practice.

2017 also saw great engagement from our users, in the form of blog posts about ethical dilemmas you have faced in your work, how to respond to current challenges our youth are facing, building cultural pride and career pathways through shared identity, cultivating inclusive spaces for youth, and new tools and publications relevant to our work. We hope you’ll continue to stay in touch with us and share your work – email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you’re interested in highlighting your work on our blog in the coming year.

Finally, we expanded our growing list of resources from real mentoring programs, ready for you to access and apply to your work. For example, AARP’s Experience Corps Mentor Toolkit and Southwest Key’s Mi Hermana’s Keeper Toolkit were added, as were resources on training new mentors and mentees. Check out the full list of resources here.

In 2018, look out for our upcoming evidence reviews on mentoring for American Indian and Alaska Native young people, as well young people with disabilities. We’ll be adding 8 programs to our list of reviewed programs, completing additional data analysis to update several of our existing practice reviews, and reviewing and posting 10 additional mentoring resources. We’ll also be updating the Measurement Guidance Toolkit, and creating some podcasts on key research topics to bring new information to you in engaging ways.

In the meantime, to stay up-to-date on all of our new and featured NMRC resources and tools, practitioner blog posts, and training and funding opportunities, sign up for the monthly NMRC e-newsletter here. And as always, we invite you to submit feedback to the Center about what you’d like to see on this website to ensure that it is an effective support to your youth mentoring work. Finally, don’t forget that you can request no-cost technical assistance for your youth mentoring program in the coming year, to help you strengthen your program’s practices, plans and strategies, work on a new initiative, develop evidence-based materials, and much more.

Best wishes for a happy new year,
The NMRC Team

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