2018 in Review, and Looking Ahead to 2019 with the NMRC
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.
In 2019, look out for our upcoming content that will generate discourse and provide tools to assist practitioners with discussing the connection between substance abuse and mentoring field as it specifically relates to the opioid crisis, as well as a major evidence review of mentoring for delinquency prevention. We’ll be adding reviews of mentoring programs for inclusion on CrimeSolutions.gov, and featuring implementation resources, including OJJDP grantee-produced resources and those specific to youth impacted by opioids and Commercial Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC). Solicitation, sharing, and reviewing of specific resources submitted by OJJDP grantees that are relevant to the field at large will also and provide quality assurance will also be happening next year. Lastly, ongoing updates will be made to the Measurement Guidance Toolkit with new measures that address gaps in the topics added to date, including opioid misuse and universal outcome tracking.
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