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How Can Mentors Serve as Advocates for LGBTQ Youth?
One of the most interesting findings coming out of David DuBois’ 2011 meta-analysis of youth mentoring evaluations was the fact that program impact seemed to be stronger in programs where the mentors took on an advocacy role in working with their mentees. While this advocacy was somewhat undefined in the meta-analysis report, it sparked a wave of interest across the field about how mentors could be used more purposefully to “advocate” on behalf of the youth they serve. In this piece, Christian Rummell, one of the leading experts on providing mentoring for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) youth, [Read further...]
On May 21, 2015, Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series presented a webinar on Welcoming LGBTQ Youth in Mentoring Programs. Many adults working in the field of positive youth development take it for granted that youth cannot succeed to their full potential in unsafe environments. The staff of youth programs therefore strive to create an environment that supports the unique needs of each individual child. Some youth, however, have invisible needs. LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning) youth are often a hidden population – individuals in this community must choose to disclose their identities for them to be known. Regardless of a [Read further...]
We are pleased to be able to offer you the recording of this presentation, hosted by Gary Kosman, Founder and CEO of America Learns. We will be hosting many more interesting and relevant speakers at this year’s Connection event – click here for more information! In an increasingly data-driven climate, nonprofits not only need to figure out what to measure, but which processes and systems are best for collecting and making use of their data. Ask most software vendors which software is best for you, and they’ll tell you that it’s THEIRS! In this presentation, you’ll learn how to assess which [Read further...]
The content and process for obtaining high school equivalency (HSE) credentials have changed significantly. These changes, many of which are ongoing, have profound implications for persons seeking a high school equivalency credential as well as for the national workforce system, which promotes, delivers, or connects with the options for equivalency. Precipitated by the 2014 changes in the test of General Educational Development (GED®), including major adjustments in test management, content, cost, and test administration, the national and state-by-state landscape for high school equivalency now includes a growing number of alternative HSE options. Developed to provide current information and resources about [Read further...]
This study explored the presence and characteristics of natural mentors among 197 homeless youth and the association between natural mentoring relationships and youth functioning. Few studies have explored protective factors in the lives of homeless youth and how these may buffer against poor health outcomes. Relationships with natural mentors have been shown to have protective effects on adolescent functioning among the general adolescent population, and, thus, warrant further investigation with homeless youth. Results from this study revealed that 73.6% of homeless youth have natural mentoring relationships, split between kin and non-kin relationships. Having a natural mentor was associated with higher satisfaction [Read further...]
Every day in the United States, children and adolescents are victims of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. Despite the serious and long-term consequences for victims as well as their families, communities, and society, efforts to prevent, identify, and respond to these crimes are largely under supported, inefficient, uncoordinated, and unevaluated. The IOM/NRC report offers recommendations concerning strategies for responding to commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of minors in the United States, new legislative approaches, and a research agenda. http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2013/Confronting-Commercial-Sexual-Exploitation-and-Sex-Trafficking-of-Minors-in-the-United-States.aspx
Do you believe your program is effective? What does it take to get on an “effective programs” list? This recorded webinar discusses the process of becoming evidence-based, with a focus on child and youth-serving organizations. What steps must your program go through to reach the point at which independent evaluations can be done to assess whether the program works? How do you make sure it can produce sustainable results over time? Experts from Child Trends – Kristin Moore, Martha Beltz, and Vanessa Sacks – explain the process, and Dominique Bernardo illustrates with real-life examples from Congreso de Latinos Unidos. http://www.performwell.org/index.php/webinars/323-becoming-evidence-based-a-step-by-step-approach
This report, developed by Mathematica Policy Research for HHS Administration for Children and Families, examines coordination efforts between two systems that are providing parallel services.  The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Workforce Investment Act (WIA) programs provide employment and training services to a targeted population of low income individuals. The similarities between the TANF and WIA programs have generated interest in the coordination and integration of services across the two programs since their inception in the late 1990s. Nonetheless, it remains unclear how and to what degree the programs are coordinating at the state and local level. The [Read further...]
This study, published by the WestCoast Children’s Clinic, describes the characteristics of sexually exploited minors (SEM) by building a body of knowledge around SEM in the larger community. Situating the youths’ experience within the framework of complex trauma, it illustrates how their characteristics and behaviors are adaptations to trauma and symptomatic of ongoing abuse. West Coast Children’s Clinic Research in Action
This guest post was written by Gordon McDougall, founder and president of Beacon Consulting Group and a speaker at Connection 2014. His presentation at Connection offered an insider’s view into the current government trends for nonprofits, and discussed the challenges and benefits of the ‘pay for success’ funding phenomenon. You can watch a portion of his presentation below, or click here to watch the full presentation. In this post, he discusses how the momentum for criminal justice reform is taking shape at a governmental level, and what this means for youth and youth-serving nonprofits. More great speakers like Gordon will be joining us [Read further...]