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Mentoring Programs

The Problem With Agreeing To Let Someone "Pick Your Brain"

Nellie Akalp | Posted 02.09.2016 | Business
Nellie Akalp

"Could we meet and have a cup of coffee, so I can pick your brain?" Sound familiar? I'll bet it does. When you're a business owner who has had suc...

Joseph Erbentraut

This White House-Worthy Youth Mentoring Program Is A 'Beacon Of Hope' In Chicago | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 04.27.2015 | Black Voices

For most of the students at Gary Comer College Prep, a charter school on Chicago’s South Side, a trip outside of city limits is rare -- let lone a t...

The 5 Types of Mentors to Avoid

Anthony Hughes | Posted 01.26.2014 | Business
Anthony Hughes

In most cases, finding an entrepreneurial mentor boils down to understanding the motivations of those individuals who are looking to "help."

5 Traits That Build Meaning and Stability Into Your Teen's Life

Todd Kestin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Todd Kestin

Teens need meaning in their lives. They search for purpose, value, and fulfillment. Existing day-to-day and week-to-week isn't enough; they hunger for more than daily routines and obligations. When they find nothing to fill those voids, they're sometimes at risk for exploring treacherous ground with lost people.

The Final Frontier: Ashish J. Thakkar Empowers Africa's Young Entrepreneurs

Marissa Bronfman | Posted 09.25.2013 | Business
Marissa Bronfman

It is not this self-made, serial entrepreneur's many business accomplishments that first moved me -- though they are undeniably impressive -- but his commitment to empowering Africa's young men and women.

Entrepreneurship Driven by Design

Soren Petersen | Posted 07.28.2013 | Business
Soren Petersen

If design is such good business for established corporations, can it be good business for startups? Does design-driven entrepreneurship also offer a competitive advantage?

Get Out and Give

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 06.08.2013 | Impact
Ola Ojewumi

The beauty of public service is that it enables one to change the world through community involvement. The greater essence of civic engagement is that it allows people to begin taking a vested interested in the advancement of their communities.

The 6 Habits of Highly Effective Mentors

John Dearborn | Posted 04.28.2013 | Business
John Dearborn

An effective mentoring program takes a commitment of time, resources and energy from community leadership to get it right -- and helping strong leaders become successful mentors isn't as easy as it would seem.

One Big Family: Empowering Low-Income Students to Rise Above

Students Rising Above | Posted 04.23.2013 | Impact
Students Rising Above

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifSRA assists and teaches these kids not only how to get into college and take advantage of every grant and scholarship that might be out there, but they also pledge to work with them until graduation.

Celebrity Mentoring: The Right Way to Help

Chris Norwood | Posted 04.02.2013 | New York
Chris Norwood

Whether raising money, public awareness or helping kids raise their voice in song, celebrities who act by the first principle of mentoring -- to nurture what already exists -- will find their efforts go the farthest.

One Very Special Student

Cary Mele | Posted 10.05.2012 | Chicago
Cary Mele

2012-09-06-stateofCPSlogo.jpgEvery fall, as back-to-school time approaches, I can't help but get a bit nostalgic. This time the excitement is not for me, but for one very special student heading off to her first year of college.

How To Find A Mentor After College, From Alexa von Tobel (WATCH)

Posted 08.21.2013 | Home

Everybody needs a mentor -- even if you're done with college. Alexa von Tobel, Founder & CEO,, gave suggestions on how and where to find...

The Big Brother Effect

Mike Eskenazi | Posted 10.15.2012 | Impact
Mike Eskenazi

I realized two things right then. Each of our worlds seemed to becoming less alien to the other. Also, just like that, I was a trusted adult in this kid's life. What started on something of a whim, with the five minutes it took me to fill out that online form, was now very real.

Change a Life, Become a Mentor

Matilda Raffa Cuomo | Posted 08.15.2012 | Parents
Matilda Raffa Cuomo

Mentoring is a lifetime investment in a child and one that is critically important today to prevent school dropout, improve self-esteem and combat bullying in America's schools and online.

Change a Life Forever With That Spare Bedroom

Dwight Robson | Posted 07.09.2012 | Impact
Dwight Robson

With a spare bedroom and a desire to make a difference, Nancy, a retired nurse, realized that she had the resources and skills to help one of the thousands of other people like her sister.

Millions of Children Need Mentors

Tasha Mitchell | Posted 03.31.2012 | New York
Tasha Mitchell

The New Year has just begun, and it's not too late to add one more meaningful deed to your list of resolutions: mentoring a child in your community.

Cuts to National Service Would Eliminate Life-Changing Opportunities for At-Risk Youth

Jim Ziolkowski | Posted 10.17.2011 | Impact
Jim Ziolkowski

We need to save service because service is the fabric of our nation. Service empowers people in the most challenging circumstances to lift up their communities and each other.

Talking With Iraqi Women: Overcoming Social Issues to Spur Economic Growth

Elinor Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Elinor Steele

Iraq has always been a Middle East pioneer for promoting women's rights. However, some men have become less open-minded to women-owned businesses. And that could set Iraq's economy back by decades.

Talking With Iraq's Women: Big Dreams and Enormous Challenges

Elinor Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Elinor Steele

In my six years managing worldwide communications for Tupperware, I've met with businesswomen from around the globe. I've always been moved and motivated by these wonderful women.

How To Turn A Role Model Into A Mentor

Maddy Dychtwald | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Maddy Dychtwald

Can you yourself have the audacity to reach out to someone you truly respect and admire and ask him or her to help you learn, improve and move forward?

Spreading Inspiration: A Pledge for the Next Generation

Elinor Steele | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elinor Steele

Women everywhere are looking for connections, conversation and community. They want to be part of a cause greater than themselves, and inspire.

Why Mentoring Young Women and Girls is Important

Tabby Biddle | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tabby Biddle

When we support the growth and empowerment of women and girls, we raise the quality of life for everyone.