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The Progress of Education Reform 2006: Mentoring PDF - This issue of The Progress of Education Reform focuses on:

  • An overview of different types of mentoring programs
  • Benefits and potential adverse effects of mentoring programs
  • Mentoring as part of schoolwide reform efforts.
Summaries of four articles on mentoring and links to other Web sites are included. (Suzanne Weiss, Education Commission of the States, September 2006)....

How To Build a Successful Mentoring Program Using the Elements of Effective Practice - As a result of certain life circumstances, 17.6 million young Americans are in need of mentors. This hands-on guide for implementing mentoring programs – aimed at practitioners – includes sections on: (1) an introduction to mentoring and program-building; (2) how to design and plan a mentoring program; (3) how to manage a program for success; (4) how to structure effective program operations; and (5) how to establish evaluation criteria and methods. (MENTOR, 2005)...

School-Based Mentoring: A First Look Into Its Potential MS Word - Research shows that providing youth with consistent adult support through a well-supervised, frequently occurring, long-term mentoring relationship improves grades and family relationships, and helps prevent initiation of drug and alcohol use. Mentoring within the school context, or “school-based mentoring,” is one of the most promising and rapidly expanding approaches; advocates claim it serves as a strong complement to the traditional community-based approach. This brief provides a detailed look at school-based programs, draws conclusions and offers suggestions for improvement and successful implementation. (Carla Herrera, Public/Private Ventures, September 1999)...

Yes, You Can: A Guide for Establishing Mentoring Programs To Prepare Youth for College MS Word - This guide for employers, community-based organizations, college students and senior citizens provides practical information about starting and operating a mentoring program. Included are examples of successful programs, as well as resources for more information and support. Although mentoring alone cannot remove all of the obstacles that many of our neediest youth face, it can be an extraordinarily important part of the solution. (U.S. Department of Education, 1998)...

The ABCs of School-Based Mentoring - This technical assistance packet from the National Mentoring Center at the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory provides practical information for youth-serving organizations that want to implement new school-based mentoring programs or strengthen existing ones. Drawing on promising practices developed by organizations around the country and on initial research findings about this relatively new approach to mentoring, the material leads readers through the steps of forming partnerships with schools: designing the program, recruiting, screening and training mentors, matching mentors with youth, and supporting the match once it is under way. It includes worksheets to help guide planning, sample forms that programs can adapt and use and a list of additional resources. (Linda Jucovy, Public/Private Ventures, December 2000)...

Mentoring School-Age Children: Relationship Development in Community-Based and School-Based Programs - The second in a series of reports by Public/Private Ventures on mentoring concludes that both school-based and the more traditional community-based approaches to mentoring have the potential to create positive relationships between volunteers and the students they serve. Prepared for the National Mentoring Partnership’s Public Policy Council. (Carla Herrera, Cynthia Sipe, Wendy McClanahan, Public/Private Ventures, April 2000)...

Contemporary Issues in Mentoring MS Word - Mentoring is now commonly accepted as a valuable activity for young people, but good press, good intentions and earnest desire alone will not enable mentoring to reach its full potential. There are still operational questions to answer and barriers to overcome: What are the essential elements of an effective mentoring program? How do you measure and document the quality of a mentoring program? What does mentoring cost? Where do we find volunteers? This publication, sponsored by the Commonwealth Fund, reviews what has been learned to date. (Jean Baldwin Grossman, Editor, Public/Private Ventures, June 1999)...

1998 Report to Congress: Juvenile Mentoring Program MS Word - A positive bond between a developing child and a nurturing adult pays rich dividends that can last a lifetime. With the growing erosion of family life and heavy demands on overburdened support systems, this attachment is increasingly problematic. When a child's family is unable or unwilling to provide adequate supervision and support, a mentor can help fill this critical gap. In 1992, Congress amended the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974 to establish the Juvenile Mentoring Program (JUMP). This report describes the initial stages of evaluation of the 93 projects funded under JUMP and includes its preliminary findings. Both mentors and youth report that mentoring was a positive experience, and that young people benefitted from the experience, specifically in staying away from alcohol and drugs, avoiding fights and friends who are starting trouble, keeping away from gangs, and not using guns or knives. (Shay Bilchik, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, December 1998)...

Mentoring Makes A Difference: Findings from the Commonwealth Fund 1998 Survey of Adults Mentoring Young People MS Word - Adolescence is a time of risk and opportunity. During the critical transition to adulthood, young people are learning skills, attitudes and behaviors that will affect their ability to lead productive and healthy lives. In the search for interventions that could enhance this transition, mentoring has been widely noted for its potential to provide support and guidance. This report of a nationwide survey offers a national overview of the experiences of mentors and a profile of young people involved in mentoring relationships. It discusses successful mentoring relationships and types of programs and sponsors. (Kathryn Taaffe McLearn, Diane Colasanto and Cathy Schoen, The Commonwealth Fund, June 1998)...

Preventing Early Reading Failure with One-to-One Tutoring: A Review of Five Programs - Tutoring is the oldest form of instruction. The major drawback is its cost. But if early intervention can prevent children from experiencing failure and get them off to a successful start in school, the use of this expensive intervention may be cost effective in the long run. Commissioned by the U.S. Department of Education, this article reviews the research on the effectiveness of one-to-one tutoring programs. It addresses how large the effect of tutoring is, to what degree effects of tutoring are maintained over time, and which specific tutoring programs and practices produce the largest gains in student reading achievement. (Barbara A. Wasik, Robert E. Slavin, Center for Research on Effective Schooling for Disadvantaged Students, Success for All Foundation, 1993)...

The Mentoring of Disadvantaged Youth - Mentoring is a modest intervention: its power to substitute for missing adults in the lives of youth is limited. Nor can it compensate for years of poor schooling. Still, it can improve the social chances of adolescents by leading them to resources they might not have found on their own, and by providing them with support for new behaviors, attitudes and ambitions. This analysis discusses the roles of mentors, the issues of social distance and trust, and realistic expectations for mentoring programs. (Carol Ascher, ERIC/CUE Digest No. 47, ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, 1988)...


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