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#OneOfMANY: Thoughts On Mentoring In Mississippi
MANY is traveling all across the country, meeting with member organizations, talking about their programs, and identifying trends and issues that are happening in the youth services field across the U.S. We had the privilege of sitting down with a staffer from our member organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mississippi to talk about mentoring in Mississippi. Their Program Specialist, Sharon Gill, had this to say about what keeps her energized in her role: “My energy is fueled by working and getting to know these families, particularly the children. Once you sit down and talk with them about why they would like to have [Read further...]
#OneOfMANY: Thoughts On Youth Services From North Carolina
MANY is traveling all across the country, meeting with member organizations, talking about their programs, and identifying trends and issues that are happening in the youth services field across the U.S. We had the privilege of sitting down with Erin J. Callahan, the Director of Programs at one of our member organizations, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle, to talk more about her thoughts on what keeps her energized and committed to her work in youth services in North Carolina: Q: Where do you find your energy to continue your commitment to this work? Erin J. Callahan, Director of Programs at BBBS [Read further...]
Shining Light on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children:  A Toolkit to Build Understanding
“Enslave the liberty of but one human being and the liberties of the world are put in peril.” – William Lloyd Garrison   Introduction Wichita State University Center for Combating Human Trafficking and MANY, in partnership with the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention, offers this toolkit as a resource for multidisciplinary professionals, policy makers, volunteers, faith communities, and others involved in anti-trafficking work. Shining Light on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children:  A Toolkit to Build Understanding provides information on a variety of topics related to human trafficking with a specific focus on mentoring for commercial sexual exploitation victims. [Read further...]
#OneOfMANY: Thoughts On Youth Services From Brattleboro, VT
Pictured (Left to Right): Kimberley Diemond (Director of Mentoring at BBBS) and Gina Graciano (Program Coordinator at BBBS); Gina Graciano (Program Coordinator at BBBS) and Tracy Binet-Perrin (Counselor at the Green Street School) As part of our #OneOfMANY series, MANY is traveling all across the country, meeting with member organizations, talking about their programs, and identifying trends and issues that are happening in the youth services field across the country. We had the privilege of sitting down with one of our member organizations and a partner in their community to talk more about what makes for a successful collaboration between two youth-focused organizations. Big [Read further...]
#OneOfMANY: Thoughts On Youth Services From Omaha, Nebraska
MANY is traveling all across the country, meeting with member organizations, talking about their programs, and identifying trends and issues that are happening in the youth services field across the country. We had the privilege of sitting down with Abby Lathrop, the Chief Program Officer at one of our member organizations, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands, to talk more about her thoughts on what makes for a good staff person/mentor that works with youth: Q: What do you look for in staff and mentors who work with youth? Abby: “I think when we look for staff and mentors we look for [Read further...]
#OneOfMANY: Thoughts On Youth Services From Chris Nelson Of Attention Homes In Boulder, CO
#OneOfMANY: Thoughts On Youth Services From Chris Nelson Of Attention Homes In Boulder, CO as part of our #MANYRoadTrip MANY is traveling all across the country this fall, meeting with member organizations, talking about their programs, and identifying trends and issues that are happening in the youth services field across the country. We had the privilege of sitting down with Chris Nelson, the Director of Programs at one of our member organizations, Attention Homes in Boulder, CO, to talk more about his thoughts on youth services, his program, and the rewards and challenges of his work:   Q: What do you appreciate most about [Read further...]
Finding Success: A Guide to Finding – and Engaging Supportive Adults Throughout Your Life
We all need mentors, role models, and wise advisors (also known as supportive adults) as we move through life. This guide developed by YouthBuild USA is designed to help youth make the most of their mentoring relationship but also assist them in understanding how to build their social networks rich with mentors. Its tips and worksheets are focused on getting youth thinking about the ways a mentor can help with their immediate and long-term goals, while also teaching about how to ask for, and make the most of, this support. Though specific to YouthBuild program model, it can be adapted [Read further...]
7/15/16: This Week in Nonprofit News
New App Helps Pittsburgh’s Homeless Connect to Resources BIGBURGH.COM is a mobile web site that pulls together the services that can help those having a tough time–especially those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless–in the city Pittsburgh. The BIGBURGH.COM includes only those services that are FREE, good & welcoming to those without an address. Read more »   Helping Financial Coaches Reach Those Struggling the Most In 2013, Bank of America partnered with the Khan Academy to launch Better Money Habits®, an online tool that takes an innovative approach to helping people understand complex financial topics. Read more »   Themes [Read further...]
3 Elements of Effective Youth-Adult Partnerships
I remember walking into my first board meeting at America’s Promise at the age of 18. My heart was thumping in my chest, my palms were sweaty, and my voice was shaky. I was newly elected to the board as a youth representative and the Executive Director of the country’s first youth-led Community of Promise in Pittsburgh, PA. The whole board meeting experience was intimidating, from the expansive conference table and mic set-up to the security that ushered other members of the board into the room.  But I was honored to be there. The meeting was called to order and [Read further...]
Mentoring for Youth with Backgrounds of Involvement in Commercial Sex Activity This literature review by David DuBois and Jennifer K. Felner at the University of Illinois at Chicago examines research on mentoring for youth with experiences of or at high risk of commercial sex activity and sexual exploitation. It presents information around documented effective practice and implication for practice. To read the full literature review, click here: Mentoring for Youth with Backgrounds of Involvement in Commercial Sex Activity