Youth Mentoring@100%: Innovation 7
Engaging Higher Education
The projects presented in the ten innovations areas are all designed to address barriers to vital services. Action teams should review all projects and prioritize those that have the best chance of addressing the barriers identified in the 100% New Mexico countywide survey. Your collaborative and result-focused local work is nothing less than heroic.
Project: Youth Mentoring.7.1
Project 1: The “mentor u” project
Just like with the K–12 students, colleges and universities are great places for mentorship support programs, including research and facilitation of training mentors. While not all higher ed institutions are set up to do this, it’s worth asking: does the local college or university devote any time, research or other resources to ensuring college opportunities to mentor others or receive mentorship themselves? This project assesses all colleges and universities in the region to identify what is available.
Project: Youth Mentoring.7.2
Project 2: The “why don’t men volunteer to be mentors?” project
We want our local colleges and universities to convene a multidisciplinary team to gather research on males and mentoring. The goal of this project is to better understand the challenges mentoring agencies face as they work to recruit males for mentoring boys. Evaluating the effectiveness (of recruitment) of “Man up” or “Man to Man” luncheons where males talk about the importance of mentoring would be an excellent activity