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Presented March 15, 2012 - Part of 2012 Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series ...

Presented March 15, 2012 - Part of 2012 Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series

Education Northwest/National Mentoring Center, Friends For Youth, Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota, Mentor Michigan, Oregon Mentors and other partners are working together in 2012 to deliver this free monthly webinar series for mentoring professionals.

For updates about upcoming webinars, join and follow the Mentoring Forums at http://mentoringforums.educationnorthwest.org.

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  • Innovative Matching Strategies Collaboration of Education Northwest/NationalMentoring Center, Friends for Youth, MentoringPartnership of Minnesota, and Oregon Mentors March 2012
  • Good to Know…All attendees will receive an email after the webinarthat will include: Link to presentation slides Link to an online recording of webinar Resources Contact informationPlease help us by taking the time to complete ashort 5-question survey as you exit the webinar. 1
  • 2012 Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series o Research Celeste Janssen Program Director o Practice Oregon Mentors o Innovation Sarah KremerDate: Third Thursday of every month. Program Director Friends for Youth’s Mentoring InstituteTime: 10-11:15am Pacific/11am-12:15pm Mountain/12-1:15 pm April RiordanCentral/1-2:15pm Easter Director of Training & Partnerships Mentoring Partnership of MinnesotaCost: Free 2
  • Participate in Today’s Webinar• All attendees muted for best sound• Type questions and comments in the question box• We may invite you to “raise your hand” during interactive activities 3
  • Rethinking the Role of the Relationship in Youth Mentoring1. Do all mentoring matches = mentoring relationships?2. What % of your matches are relationships?3. If the relationship is the “heart” of mentoring, what does that mean for matches that aren’t very strong?4. Is the only “prize” a long, strong match? 4
  • Podcast: Interview with Dr. Tim Cavell 5
  • A new definition of youth mentoring? Proposed, working definition: Youth mentoring is the practice of using program-sponsored relationships as a context for providing youth with prevention-Tim Cavell, Ph.D. focused activities and experiences. The experience CAN be a long, strong relationship… But it can also be short-term and focused. 6
  • Lunch Buddy Mentoring• Stand alone, school-based mentoring• Designed to restrict the quality of the mentoring relationship • Limited training • No supervision (monitoring only) • Mentoring during school lunch time only • Seated with other lunch mates • A different mentor each semester 7
  • Match vs. Relationship 8
  • Consider, also, the recent meta- analysis by DuBois et al. (2011)• No effects for match duration• No effects for meeting match length expectations• No effects for match quality• Average duration of 6 exemplary mentoring programs cited was < 9 months! (range was 4 to 12 months) 9
  • Table 2. Study-Level Variables (Moderators) Associated With Differences in Effect Size. “Stronger program effects were found to be associated with the matching of youth and mentor’s based on similarity of interests.” DuBois D L et al. Psychological Science in the Public Copyright © by Association for Psychological Science Interest 2011;12:57-91
  • EEP Standards11 EEP3
  • Gathering Matching Information • Mentor application • Screening – Interviews, references • Interest inventories • Observations • Motivations • Input from parents, school staff, and other providers • Establishing personal relationships12
  • iMentor Ellen Mahoneys ten years of work in adolescent education has been driven by the belief that all children can succeed with the right community support and equal access to opportunities. Ellen has enjoyed 8 years of volunteer experience as a mentor and tutor for The Lab School of Washington, The Latin American Youth Center in DC, and Girls, Inc in Oregon.ELLEN MAHONEYDIRECTOR OF PROGRAMQUALITY 13
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  • Improving mentoring success through a research-based matching strategy Currently agency-level staff workers match mentors to youth through a process that varies from agency to agency and is largely unknown to the researcher. Potentially, we could use mentor and mentee characteristics known at the time of match to optimize the process. This could allow agencies to be scientific about what makes for best matching practices and impose these practices uniformly across offices. Rhodes (UMass) and Featherstone (Harvard Business School) are working with programs to develop more effective matching strategies 16
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  • Friends of the Children Joe started out at Friends of the Children 10 years ago as a paid, professional mentor (Friend) to 8 boys. He believes deeply that mentoring relationships have the power to transform a young person’s life, especially those who have many socio-economic obstacles to overcome.Joe BergenProgram Director 18
  • Youth Transition Placement Process 19
  • Meet-n-Greet Although the “magic” of a natural connection is viewed as the primary matching tool, this should nevertheless be secondary to findings from research… 20
  • Friends for Youth Matching supported byIn-depth application process• Mentors interviewed extensively, including experiences• Mentees interviewed alone• Parents/caregivers interviewed about “preferences”• Referral agent gives input on strengths, needs, challenges at beginning 21
  • Friends for Youth Matching supported byPre-Match Training• Includes use of profiles of actual mentees (already matched) and questions to answer about both mentor and mentee strengths and challenges, as well as possible activities• Also includes 12+ scenarios relating to actual common situations 22
  • Friends for Youth Matching supported byMatch meetings• After final decision of acceptance, program staff discusses possible matches (minimum 1 hour length)• Consider preferences (age, gender, ethnic background, religion, geographic location, interests) and personalities• Review experiences to look for similarities OR situations to avoid 23
  • On the other hand, our old wayswere once new, werent they?... Waiting list…? A match! 24
  • Before we go…All attendees will receive an email after the webinarthat will include: Link to presentation slides Link to an online recording of webinar Resources Contact informationPlease help us by taking the time to complete ashort 5-question survey as you exit the webinar. 25
  • Future Webinars April 19- Youth Engagement in Mentoring Programs In honor of Global Youth Service Day, learn how mentoring programs are engaging mentees in leadership roles and encouraging matches to serve together. Amanda Larson from the National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) will join us along with other panelists to talk about the importance and impact of honoring youth voice in our programs and in our matches. 26
  • Thank you! Collaboration of Education Northwest/NationalMentoring Center, Friends for Youth, MentoringPartnership of Minnesota, and Oregon Mentors Michael Garringer, michael.garringer@educationnorthwest.org Celeste Janssen, celeste@oregonmentors.org Sarah Kremer, sarah@friendsforyouth.org April Riordan, april@mpmn.org