Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Deep, sustained and multiple relationships needed for ALL kids

Dr. Peter Benson
All of our kids are in need of deep, sustained and multiple relationships. Peter Benson, president and CEO of Search Institute wants adults to wake up to the important and critical opportunity to positively influence the next generation. While mentoring is a critical intervention, he noted that kids need a team of adults in their lives, because programs alone don't change lives, relationships do. Just a smile, calling a child by name and or sending a birthday card can make a difference in the life of a young person. Dr. Benson shared this encouragement at the statewide conference of the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota, held October 25th in St. Paul, MN.

Dr. Andrea Taylor
Dr. Andrea Taylor, Director of Training at Temple University's Intergenerational Center noted the valuable role of intergenerational relationships.  She's helped to establish "Across Ages", in 85 communities throughout the US. Across Ages works to encourage older adults, ages 50 plus, to take on the opportunity to mentor "at risk" young people.  She stressed the importance of quality mentoring programs, which utilize the Elements of Effective Practice provided by Mentor.

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