July 23, 2020 – School Partnerships and Access

Resources from the Call:

  • Video recording of Q&A portion with Maxine Quintana and Jane Toothaker – LINK
  • Denver Afterschool Alliance (DAA) – Summer Program Toolkit – LINK (fall toolkit coming the first week of August)
  • National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC) – website for statistics & research on the impacts of mentoring; best practices – LINK
  • DAA Connect – create a directory profile for potential opportunities to partner with schools and other programs (Denver-metro based programs) – LINK
  • DAA Youth Program Locator – LINK
  • CNCS – AmeriCorps – LINK
  • Jesuit Volunteer Corps – LINK
  • Denver Kids In-Person Guidelines – Guidelines  |  COVID Guide

Breakout Room Notes:

  • Opportunity to partner with afterschool programs and schools – complete the DAA Connect profile (see link above)
  • If you’re offering anything virtual, it’s critical that you test it out before offering it! (Girls Inc)
  • It’s important to examine your program components and make decisions about what to offer to schools based on: 1) what’s viable to offer given the likelihood of virtual/hybrid learning, AND 2) what schools might actually need/want
  • Prevention Programming that is curriculum-focused seems to be welcomed by schools
  • Incorporating an academic support focus for existing Community Based Matches (so that mentors can support remote learning)
  • In particular Kit-based learning and shared activities seems to be working well. Mail or Deliver the kit/materials to matches or groups and then all participants can get online and do the same activity at the same time. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on the materials – just get creative. A few examples: caterpillar to butterfly kit. Sports skills (target practice with a football and target).
  • Concerns all around with trying to deal with the fact that most staff/volunteers won’t be allowed back on campus
  • Engaging with students virtually/phone calls in concordance with school counselors, asking counselors what students are needing and how to meet their needs and support their families (Denver Kids)
  • Making a decision in the next week if we will be all virtual with programming, this will likely be our decision, communicating with schools about why and the how of virtual peer mentoring, utilizing MENTOR Colorado’s TA to convert in-person program to virtual and develop trainings for program coordinators and mentors (Friends First)

Resources for Programs New to Working with Schools:

  • Training New Mentors: Effective Strategies for Providing Quality Youth Mentoring in Schools and Communities – comprehensive resource that outlines how to design and deliver mentor training with sample trainings and resources – LINK
  • Webinar: School-Integrated Mentoring – LINK
  • Webinar: School-Based Mentoring: Strategic Interventions to Maximize Positive Youth Outcomes – LINK
  • ABC’s of School-Based Mentoring: This guidebook, offers strategies for developing a school-based mentoring program, exploring many aspects of program design and implementation. – LINK
  • NMRC SBM resources: A comprehensive list of school-based mentoring resources including research, blogs, best practices, templates, etc. This work also serves programs that partner with schools for access. – LINK

Other Resources:

  • MENTOR Colorado Free Consulting (Technical Assistance) – LINK

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