Migchiel Van Diggelen: Defining quality in mentoring, supporting the practitioners’ perspective

by Juhair Mahtab How do mentoring practitioners and researchers define quality in mentoring? When it comes to the mentoring field, there is no doubt that quality and evaluation is important. Defining quality is instrumental in setting quality guidelines, identifying the impacts of these mentoring programmes and improving these mentoring services. Subsequently, this can determine if these …

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Peter de Cuyper: Quality criteria and impact assessment of ‘mentoring to work’ programmes

by Juhair Mahtab How can quality criteria be defined for developing an assessment framework in mentoring? This is where Peter de Cuyper comes in. As a sociologist, Peter is deeply interested in the idea of integration in our society. Peter’s work in mentoring itself started eight years ago where he was part of developing a …

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Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Bulgaria: Mentoring in Bulgaria

Big Brothers Big Sister (BBBS) Bulgaria is one of the largest mentoring organizations in Bulgaria with a long history. We got in touch with Lena Karnalova who is the founder and CEO at BBBS Bulgaria. It is an affiliate member of the “Big Brother Big Sisters International” and provides mentoring services for children and youth …

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Evolve: A Social Impact Company. Practices and cognitive health of primary school students in the UK

Youth mentoring typical considers the physical and emotional health of the children. But what about their cognitive health? Joshua Cronin is the managing director at Evolve: A Social Impact Company. Evolve is a mentoring organization focused on school children in the UK. According to Joshua, a lot of children can’t access education for several reasons; …

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Punt de Referència: Creating communities for unaccompanied children in Catalonia

Punt de Referència is a non-profit organization operating in Catalonia. Created in 1997, they work with supporting vulnerable youth who have left the care of their parents and lack support from a family. The organization now runs several mentoring programmes with the support of volunteers; helping unaccompanied youth with their studies, jobs and transition into …

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EVENT RECAP: Book Club with Prof. Dr. Jean Rhodes & Dr. Levi van Dam

The European Center for Evidence-based mentoring organized its second book club on the 26th of May 2021. It was focused on the book “Older and Wiser: New ideas for youth mentoring in the 21st Century” by Prof. Dr Jean Rhodes. Youth mentoring is among the most popular forms of volunteering in the world. But does …

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Mentoring Meet and Match 2021

Mentoring Meet and Match – An advocacy eventEuropean Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring organized in collaboration with our advocacy committee, national and regional partners a Mentoring Meet & Match, an online event on 13th April 2021. It is the third time that such an event takes place, connecting mentoring organizations, NGOs, universities, businesses, policy- and decision …

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Oscar Prieto-Flores: Impacts of Social and Youth Mentoring

What are the impacts of social mentoring programmes? How are they impacting the lives of migrant and refugee youth and adults in European Society? Òscar Prieto-Flores has been studying the impacts of social mentoring in the European context; research into migration, ethnic minority groups, and mentoring projects with children and youth of immigrant backgrounds. We …

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Sarah M. Przedpelska & Rebecca Lynn Radlick: Digital Platforms for Mentoring

How can technology and digital platforms be used to supplement mentoring? Several mentoring programmes have been working on implementing digital solutions into mentoring and one of them is Catalysts. Based in Norway, they are making great progress towards creating an inclusive society by contributing to the integration and social inclusion of youth and adults with …

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