News & Events

Inclusive Mentoring – A National Perspective

September 7, 2012

Our guest blogger is Kaela Vronsky, Mentoring and National Center Director for Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD). Vronksy will be presenting the workshop "Inclusive Mentoring - A National Perspective" at the 13th annual Minnesota Mentoring Conference on October 15th.

The Social Movement Needed in Minnesota to Close the Achievement Gap

June 4, 2012

The P-20 education partnership roundtable in Minnesota convenes state leaders representing early learning (the “P”), through graduate and professional schools (the “20”). The stated goal of P-20 councils around the country is to develop a seamless system of education with aligned expectations from the earliest years of a child’s...

The Role of Mentors in Keeping Kids Safe

December 1, 2011

The child abuse tragedy uncovered at Penn State has been a big focus of attention in the mentoring world.  Aspects of it have been addressed in posts on mentoring blogs, debated in exchanges on mentoring list serves, and served as the topic of many conversations in our office.  While much...

Red Light, Green Light

October 31, 2011

Evidence-based practice (EBP) entails making decisions by integrating the best available evidence.  Dr. Renée Spencer and Dr. Jean Rhodes both mentioned EBP during their keynote addresses at last week’s Minnesota Mentoring Conference and EBP is also the topic of our Quality in Action webinar this Wednesday. Traffic lights were invented with...

A Reflection: Dr. Peter Benson

October 12, 2011

It almost seems cliché to call Peter Benson, President of Search Institute, a luminary. But it is the image that kept coming to mind upon hearing of his recent death.  Luminaries are people of prominence and brilliant achievement, and Peter certainly fit that definition.  But I think his life...

Leader, Mentor, Friend, Visionary

October 7, 2011

This week, local and national news sources (and many of my Facebook friends’ news feeds) are paying tribute to Steve Jobs and his (in my opinion) absolutely mind-blowing contributions to technology.  His ideas changed how we do business, how we communicate with each other, how we live. The mentoring field also lost a...

In Memoriam: Peter Benson

October 4, 2011

The following article was written by Youth Today and featured as their latest article 10/4/2011. Peter Benson, CEO of Search Institute, Dies at 65 October 03, 2011 by John Kelly Peter Benson, the long-time CEO of the Minneapolis-based Search Institute, died yesterday at the age of 65 after a year-long battle...

Training Idea – Matching Mentors & Mentees

June 8, 2011

In EEP and other trainings, we often use Exercise 2 from the “action” section of Research In Action Brief #9 – Youth Mentoring: Do Race and Ethnicity Really Matter?.  The exercise uses an interactive matching game to help mentor program staff think about their criteria for making matches.  In the first part of the...

Resources in the Event of a Government Shutdown

June 8, 2011

I was hoping this blog would not be necessary, but with each passing day and the legislature and Governor Dayton nowhere near a compromise on how to balance the state budget, I thought I’d share some great resources in case your organization will be affected by a government shutdown.  The governor and legislature still have a...