Quarterly Newsletter : Fall 2016

In this issue

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Thrive Chicago Organizational Support Training: Parent & Community Engagement
Chicago History Museum
1601 North Clark St, Chicago
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Strategies For Engaging Youth, Caregivers and Providers in Efforts To Address Community Violence
(Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition Quarterly Meeting)
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital
225 E. Chicago Ave, 11th Fl Conference Rooms

Chicago, IL 60611
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Building Youth Resilience Through School-Based Mentoring
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Removing Barriers, Building Opportunities: A Summit on Children and Families
Voices for Illinois Children
Marriot Magnificent Mile- Chicago, IL 
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How To Build Effective Youth Programs That Work at Scale
Child Trends
Free Webcast
2:00-3:00pm CST
Watch Here

Mentoring in the Face of Community Violence
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Capitol Hill Day: Everything You Need to Know
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Impact Awards Breakfast: Honoring the Champions of Youth Mentoring
The Union League Club of Chicago
65 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604
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Questions? Contact Cheryl Howard Neal, Director of Programs and Partnerships at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
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Chicago's Call to Action!

Recognizing that everyone has something to give – their time, values, knowledge, a skill – Mayor Emanuel is encouraging residents to step up and ensure all of our youth have the tools and support they need to succeed!

The Mayor has partnered with MENTOR Illinois on a 2-year Mentoring Challenge for 2,000 Chicagoans to serve as mentors for youth in need across our city.

View the press release here.

Thanks to generous commitments from our corporate partners and individuals, we are excited to already have 800 new mentors for Chicago's youth! Encourage your employer to be a part of the mentoring movement too! For more information on corporate engagement, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Mentors can make a difference for our city's youth through sustained, empowering relationships. Fill out this form to get started!

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Stay on the cutting edge of mentoring best practices and research!

Illinois Mentoring Partnership can provide programs up to 50 hours of FREE in-depth, and specialized assistance. To receive technical assistance, programs must apply through the National Mentoring Resource Center 

Did you know that the NMRC offers a comprehensive website chock-full of mentoring resources, research reviews, and blog posts about youth mentoring best practices, and so much more?

If you want to stay on the cutting edge of mentoring best practices and research, click here to start receiving the NMRC monthly e-newsletter, which will equip you with key info about innovative mentoring tools, resources, and news shared by researchers and practitioners like you! You’ll also receive helpful reminders about upcoming training, learning and funding opportunities.

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[Rolling] Andrew Family Foundation Junior Board Grant (programs that seek to impact youth through traditional academics, arts, and sustainability), apply HERE

[Rolling] Educational Assistance and Training Grant (programs that seek to improve literacy, math, science, and life skills of disadvantaged youth), apply HERE

[Rolling] FREE Online Grant Training, register 

[Rolling] Wish You Well Foundation Family Literacy Donation (programs that focus on youth and family literacy), apply HERE
Potential mentors can find volunteer opportunities through the Mentoring Connector, an online national database of mentoring programs.

ADD your program to the database, click HERE.

UPDATE your program information, login HERE.

SEE what the database looks like, click HERE

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Resources and Reviews
Mentoring Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex, and Gender Nonconforming Youth
This review examines research on mentoring for youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, and gender nonconforming (LGBTQI-GNC).  A growing body of literature has identified patterns of risks faced by LGBTQI-GNC youth and points also to the types of support that may be most closely associated with facilitating positive outcomes in this population. Click HEREto read the review.
Making effective match support and closure practices a bigger priority in youth mentoring programs
Mike Garringer of MENTOR presents his reflections and summaries from the 2016 Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring held at Portland State University and organized by Dr. Tom Keller and MENTOR. Click HERE to read the guide. 
Unspoken or otherwise, kids sense their parents’ discord
As mentors, it is important to be aware of the impact of conflict between your mentees’ parents. Such a tense environment can affect your mentee in many ways. Children will often model the conflict resolution strategies utilized by their parents, which can perpetuate cycles of discord across generations.
Read the Chronicle's summary HERE, or the full Atlantic article HERE.
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