“I simply wanted to say a word to confirm what the Chancellor was talking about earlier – the importance of the Center. I’ve been involved for about 20 years, going all the way back to the beginning of the National Mentoring Partnership….We heard this morning the importance of someone who is a scholar and has a scientific methodology to reflect on what works and what doesn’t. The richness of the evidence is critical to improving the outcomes for practitioners. So that the further this goes on, the more we need a Center.”
The Center for Evidence Based Mentoring has several immediate fund raising priorities, selected for their high impact on our ability to improve the practice of youth mentoring.
Provides support for the expansion of training tools to improve volunteer effectiveness. With initial funding from NICHD, we were able to develop and evaluate the first five lessons of a research-based training course for mentors. Additional lessons are needed for work with specific populations (children of prisoners, children in the foster care system, children with physical, learning, or mental health disabilities, etc.) and program models (faith-based, e-mentoring, etc.). Specific training would better prepare volunteers to address the many challenges of today’s youth in ways that are consistent with best practices.
Discretionary Research Fund
Provides discretionary support for the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring. Your gift will be applied where it is most needed. This includes conducting research on mentoring and funding student summer research assistantships so that graduate students continue their mentoring research without interruption.
Innovation Research Fund
Provides support for innovative, early stage mentoring research projects that are difficult to fund with conventional funding methods but have potential for improving the practice of youth mentoring. For example, we are currently developing a match.com type tool for mentors and youth with the goal of creating matches with greater affinity.
The MENTOR Scholar Fund provides scholarship support for students from the undergraduate through doctoral level to support research on youth mentoring programs and relationships.
Graduate Fellowships — Full ($250,000); Partial ($100,000)
Defrays the cost of tuition and fees for an outstanding graduate student who wants to pursue a career in youth mentoring research and practice.
Tuition Scholarship ($50,000)
Defrays the cost of full or partial tuition for one or more outstanding undergraduates with demonstrated financial need, who want to pursue undergraduate research in youth mentoring research and practice.
Student Aid ($25,000)
Provides assistance to an academically capable, deserving student based on financial need who wants to pursue a career in youth mentoring research and practice.
Ways to Give
The Center For Evidence-Based Mentoring welcomes gifts of all sizes, and in many forms, including cash, stock, or other assets. Your support is critical to our progress and success as we pursue leading edge research to improve the practice of youth mentoring.
To learn more about giving opportunities associated with the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring, please contact Gina Cappello, Vice Chancellor for University Advancement, at 617-287-5335.