MENTORING’S IMPACT AND INNOVATION

 

October 2017

A Message from Hannah

Dear Colleagues:

The field of mentoring is constantly changing to adapt to the needs of today’s youth.  In Connecticut, The Partnership collaborates with many Connecticut departments and commissions as we continue to expand the work and knowledge of mentoring as a prevention and intervention strategy.  Take a moment to visit https://www.attendtodayct.org/ to learn how every mentoring program can help with getting Connecticut’s kids to school.   This work is not just during September, Attendance Awareness Month but throughout the entire school year. 

Members of our mentoring team became trainers for a new curriculum developed by MENTOR, The National Mentoring Partnership called The Essentials: A Curriculum for people who mentor Black and Latino young men and boys. The curriculum will be rolled out in 2018 to all mentoring professionals in Connecticut. It will provide them with an opportunity to learn how to explore social capital with youth and mentors connected to their programs.  Young people need to have a network of relationships, including direct mentoring in their own lives and their community.  

This training will be a nice addition to the work that is being done through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Mentoring Now initiative with providers currently in the Juvenile Justice Mentoring Network. They are using an emerging best practice of youth-initiated mentoring to help youth identify who they think would be a good mentor for them.  During 2018, the training and new technical assistance documents will be provided to mentoring professionals through The Partnership. More details will follow as we approach 2018. 

At The Partnership, we continue to provide youth with opportunities to become connected to positive adults, peers, organizations, and families.  We hope that you enjoy the articles in this month’s newsletter as the mentoring team continues to work with each of you to expand the field here in Connecticut. Our work is never done!

Hannah Granfield is Director of Mentoring Services for The Governor's Prevention Partnership. She can be reached at Direct: (860) 757-3923 or Hannah.Granfield@PreventionWorksCT.org.