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Mentoring 365 Project: Growing Through Mentoring

July 9, 2015

“Mentoring is a two-way relationship, it’s not this all knowing person descending on this other less knowing person. It is a mutuality and a valuing of diverse experiences and amount of experience, but never condescension.” Sondra Samuels is the President and CEO of Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) and a...

Mentoring 365 Project: The Drive to Mentor

June 8, 2015

“The thing that inspired me to be a mentor is just a desire to be involved with youth, and not even necessarily having a huge impact possibly, but just to be there for somebody.” —Deena Deena joined Kids ‘n’ Kinship as a mentor two years ago simply as a...

Mentoring 365 Project: Breaking The Cycle

May 11, 2015

“How satisfying that is to be a part of [mentoring], how honored we are to be a part of the lives of these young people” –       Chuck Slocum Charles Slocum’s involvement in mentoring displays an undeniable dedication and appreciation for the field. Chuck’s passion for the...

Mentoring 365 Project: “It’s All About Believing”

April 6, 2015

As a former running back for the Green Bay Packers and the all-time leader in career rushing yards for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, Darrell Thompson has already set himself apart as a standout athlete. Now Darrell is the Executive Director for Bolder Options, an organization that engages...

Mentoring 365 Project: Justice Alan Page

March 9, 2015

“The possibilities to [mentor] are endless, limited only by one’s imagination.” – Justice Alan Page Justice Alan Page was first elected to the Minnesota Supreme Court in 1992. Before joining the Supreme Court, Justice Page was a defensive lineman for the Minnesota Vikings during the 1970’s. His path to...

Showing Up Makes All the Difference

March 5, 2015

When I was a senior in high school, I took a community service seminar.  We spent a semester volunteering a minimum of six hours a week either adopting an entire elementary classroom or working one on one with a young student in need of extra support.  A teacher at...

The Mentoring 365 Project: Celebrating Mentoring All Year Long

February 11, 2015

National Mentoring Month (NMM) occurs annually every January. It is a time when we celebrate and congratulate all mentors for their continued dedication to mentoring our youth. However, just because NMM ended last month doesn’t mean we here at The Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota intend to wait another  year to...

CHANGE is the power to be BOLD. BOLD is the ability to LEAD.

January 13, 2015

Let me begin by saying Hello! and Happy New Year!  I am excited to be the new executive director for the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota (MPM) and I can assure you that I am not afraid to be BOLD and that I’ve had many great years of mentoring from...

Farewell, but not Goodbye!

December 11, 2014

In one of the last books Peter Benson wrote, Parent, Teacher, Mentor, Friend… How Every Adult Can Change Kids Lives Peter quoted the German Theologian, Martin Luther, who observed, “Indeed, for what purpose do we older folks exist, other than to care for, instruct, and bring up the young?” ...

Farewell for now!

December 8, 2014

As I transition out of my role as MPM’s Director of Training and Quality Assurance, I have found myself reflecting upon how my time here has been a valuable learning opportunity. Working with such a smart and dedicated group of individuals who take their work and the support of...