Girls Coalition Mentoring Works!


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  • Girls Coalition Mentoring Works!

    1. 1. Mentoring Works! How to Create a Quality Mentoring Experience for Girls & Women Girls Coalition of Minnesota 19 th Annual Conference
    2. 2. Presentation Links <ul><li>Presentation slides can be downloaded later today at: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Gaining new insights into mentoring programs for adolescent girls </li></ul>
    3. 3. One is not born a woman, one becomes one. <ul><li>Simone de Beauvoir, French Author, The Second Sex </li></ul>
    4. 4. In politics if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman . <ul><li>Margaret Thatcher, British Politician </li></ul>
    5. 5. Creating & Sustaining Formal Mentoring Relationships <ul><li>Only half of formal mentoring relationships last beyond a few months </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rhodes, 2002 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Early termination rate is even higher among more vulnerable youth </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grossman & Rhodes, 2002 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>When relationships end within the first few months, they have potential to do harm </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grossman & Rhodes, 2002; Karcher, 2005 </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Why Do Youth Mentoring Relationships End? <ul><li>Youth & mentor characteristics </li></ul><ul><li>Relationship processes </li></ul><ul><li>Program factors </li></ul><ul><li>Other factors </li></ul>
    7. 7. Youth & Mentor Characteristics <ul><li>Age of young person at time of match </li></ul><ul><li>Youth risk status </li></ul><ul><li>Gender </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer income, age, marital status </li></ul>
    8. 8. Relationship Processes <ul><li>Relationship duration and strength </li></ul><ul><li>Sense of closeness or personal connection </li></ul><ul><li>Matching based on shared interests </li></ul><ul><li>Consistency of contact </li></ul><ul><li>Mentor’s approach </li></ul>
    9. 9. Program Factors <ul><li>Pre-match & ongoing training </li></ul><ul><li>Staff contact </li></ul><ul><li>Resources & space </li></ul><ul><li>Summer Contact </li></ul>In one study of both school- and community-based mentoring programs, mentors who received fewer than two hours of training reported the lowest levels of closeness and support in their relationships with youth, whereas mentors who received more than six hours of pre-match training and orientation tended to spend more time with protégés and also reported higher levels of closeness.
    10. 10. Diversity of Impacts <ul><li>While we talk to funders about the impact mentoring has on the “average youth,” no youth is “average” </li></ul><ul><li>They differ on: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Age, gender, race, ethnicity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Family characteristics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Past experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Their stage of development </li></ul></ul>Dr. Jean Grossman, Senior Vice President for Research at Public/Private Ventures (P/PV)
    11. 11. SUMMARY OF IMPACT FINDINGS BY SUBGROUP Dr. Jean Grossman, Senior Vice President for Research at Public/Private Ventures (P/PV) Population Outcome Overall Boys Girls Minority Boys Minority Girls White Boys White Girls Initiate Drug Use X X X X Initiate Alcohol Use X X Hit Others X X (x) X Self-Reported Grades X X X Skip a Day of School X X X X Social Acceptance X Parental Relationship X X X
    12. 12. “ She Gives Me a Break From the World” Renee Spencer, Boston University; Belle Liang, Boston College <ul><li>Two-way street </li></ul><ul><li>Importance of shared activities, emotional support, companionship </li></ul><ul><li>Cautions programs serving girls against prioritizing emotional support over skill-building </li></ul>
    13. 13. National Mentoring Partnership <ul><li>Leading the movement to close the “mentoring gap” </li></ul><ul><li>Premier advocate and resource for expanding quality mentoring initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>Works with state partnerships to leverage resources, provide technical expertise for mentoring programs </li></ul>
    14. 14. <ul><li>The Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota (MPM) connects adults & youth with the power of mentoring </li></ul><ul><li>Our primary focus is to expand the capacity and increase the quality of mentoring across MN </li></ul><ul><li>Throughout Minnesota, we work with more than 500 youth mentoring programs </li></ul>
    15. 15. <ul><li>Professional Development </li></ul><ul><li>Participant Training </li></ul><ul><li>Program Development </li></ul><ul><li>Quality Measurement </li></ul>
    16. 16. Elements of Effective Practice <ul><li>Youth mentoring programs are more successful when they follow proven, effective mentoring practices and strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Revised in 2003, the Elements, 2 nd edition, are guidelines for running safe and effective mentoring programs. </li></ul>
    17. 17. “ How to Build a Successful Mentoring Program Using the Elements of Effective Practice” <ul><li>Program Design and Planning </li></ul><ul><li>Program Management </li></ul><ul><li>Program Operations </li></ul><ul><li>Program Evaluation </li></ul>The companion Tool Kit for the Elements (with CD)
    18. 18. Mentoring - Defined <ul><li>Mentoring is a structured and trusting relationship that brings young people together with caring individuals who offer guidance, support and encouragement aimed at developing the competence and character of the mentee. </li></ul>
    19. 19. Types of Mentoring <ul><li>Traditional </li></ul><ul><li>Group </li></ul><ul><li>Team </li></ul><ul><li>Peer </li></ul><ul><li>E-mentoring </li></ul>
    20. 20. Locations of Mentoring <ul><li>Community setting </li></ul><ul><li>School </li></ul><ul><li>Faith-based organization </li></ul><ul><li>Workplace </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual community </li></ul>
    21. 21. Duration of Mentoring <ul><li>At a minimum, mentors and mentees should meet regularly at least four hours per month for at least a year. </li></ul><ul><li>For programs like school-based mentoring, expectations for duration need to be clear to mentees from outset </li></ul>
    22. 22. Successful Mentoring <ul><li>Mentoring is not one-size-fits-all </li></ul><ul><li>Most significant predictor of positive mentoring results is whether mentors and mentees share a close, trusting relationship </li></ul>
    23. 23. <ul><li>Project Diva is a non-profit organization designed to instill life skills in young ladies.  Project Diva’s mentors share how having self-respect leads to making better choices through topics of discussion, break-out sessions, journaling and speakers that will prepare them to handle real life situations throughout high school and into adulthood. </li></ul><ul><li>Diva Temia's Tel.A.Vision </li></ul>
    24. 24. Girls Empowerment Project <ul><li>The purpose of the Girls Empowerment Project is to develop healthy self images and teach life skills to girls as they grow to be future leaders. Through group mentoring circles, this project strives to empower girls by giving them an avenue to articulate their opinions, values and beliefs in a positive way. </li></ul><ul><li>GEP Tel.A.Vision Video </li></ul>
    25. 25. YouthCare: Young Women’s Mentoring Program <ul><li>The Young Women's Mentoring Program is a year-round youth development program focused on building the employment and leadership skills of young women and the self-esteem of girls. Program services include work experience, leadership training, mentoring, intercultural exchanges, counseling, support and after school, weekend and summer activities. The program brings girls together in small and large groups, and one-to-one, to promote intercultural cooperation and cultural appreciation. </li></ul><ul><li>YouthCare on KARE 11 </li></ul>
    26. 26. <ul><li>LaTishia, YWMP Alumni Youth Mentor </li></ul>The best thing about being a mentor is learning new things and then going to my mentees and teaching them what I've learned.
    27. 27. How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes! <ul><li>Maya Angelou, African American Poet </li></ul>