Last Reflections on Mentoring Month

 Share on TumblrJanuary is Mentoring month in the United States. This month The Downs Group LLC has offered a variety of resources for you related to bullying prevention with youth, and especially for youth living in foster care.  We hope these have been useful...

Guest Blog: Coaching Youth

 Share on TumblrCoaching as a professional development strategy has gained tremendous momentum in the field of child welfare and human services. Over time, that conversation has been appropriately extended into the arena of coaching foster youth, in particular...

Becoming an Intentional Mentor for Older Youth

 Share on TumblrI have mentored more people than I can count over a lengthy career teaching students, colleagues and young people.  I’ve learned a lot of lessons from being a mentor. I’ve even had one young person I mentored for about 5 years end up mentoring me...

The 6 Basic Types of Mentors for Youth

 Share on TumblrMost of us have had someone in our lives who offered guidance, stimulated our thinking, gently scolded, and/or helpfully listened to us along the way. These kinds of folks are often referred to as “mentors.” I was blessed with several mentors...

Introducing Mentoring Youth Month

 Share on TumblrJanuary is Mentoring month in the United States.  President George W. Bush initiated January as National Mentoring Month back in 2002. Since then mentoring programs as well as prominent national leaders have participated in showcasing mentoring...

Last Reflections on Taking Stock Month

 Share on TumblrThis month we’ve offered tools and resources to help child welfare professionals and agencies take stock of how things are going. We hope they have been helpful as we close out 2017.  If you missed some of these resources, please click on the list...