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August 2017

A Message from Hannah

Dear Colleagues:

In recent weeks, violence and tragedy have made their way into our daily life.  It is important for all of us to take time and reflect on how youth are dealing with tragedy throughout the world as well as in our country and its cities and towns.   Mentor: The National Mentoring Partnership has released a resource document, Supporting Young People in the Wake of Violence and Trauma to better equip program staff and mentors as they engage in conversations with youth about this topic.   

In an effort to bring the conversation to Connecticut, the mentoring team has developed a new training:  Trauma Informed Youth Mentoring.  Mentors are often matched with youth who have experienced trauma either directly or indirectly. This training will help mentoring program directors to identify mentees that are experiencing trauma and provide strategies to mentor these youth with care and empathy. It also provides a thorough understanding of the profound neurological, biological, psychological and social effects of trauma and violence on a child.  Now more than ever it is critical for youth to have access to caring adults who can help them navigate today’s world. 

As summer winds down and a new school year starts, The Partnership is reflecting on the efforts that are continuing to benefit an estimated 18,000 youth who are engaged in a mentoring relationship in CT.  The beginning of a new school year is an ideal time to begin messaging and reinforcing good attendance practices for youth in school-based and community-based mentoring programs.    National data shows that students who meet regular with their mentors are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school.   The Partnership in collaboration with Connecticut State Department of Education, and Attendance Works will soon host a website to access materials encouraging youth to attend school regularly. We will send out an announcement email when it is live.  Additional information regarding Attendance Awareness Month is included in the newsletter.

The Partnership team is available to provide guidance on the many elements of implementing an effective mentoring program.   You are encouraged to check the schedule and plan to attend a collaborative mentoring roundtable; a school-based mentoring roundtable, or give us a call so we can talk to you more about your program.   We hope that you will reach out to us during the fall months.  Together we can ensure that Connecticut’s youth are thriving in their families, schools, communities, and personal lives.

Hannah Granfield

Director of Mentoring Services

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