Currently, 18 million children in the United States want and need a mentor, and three million have one.
MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership is a national organization and is working to close that “mentoring gap” so that every one of those 15 million children has a caring adult in their life.
UMass Boston is now working more closely with them to ensure an open and efficient exchange of evidence-based youth mentoring research among researchers, practitioners, and policy makers, with an ultimate goal of improving the lives of the nation’s underserved youth.
Chancellor J. Keith Motley, PhD announced the new UMass Boston/MENTOR Research Alliance at the National Mentoring Summit on January 25. Michelle Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan were on hand to hear about this powerful new collaboration whose research director will be Professor of Psychology and globally renowned mentoring research expert, Jean Rhodes.
The generosity of the MENTOR Board of Directors has made the Alliance possible, through an initial gift to endow the MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership Chair to be held by Rhodes. Upon this foundation UMass Boston and MENTOR will collectively work together to disseminate the most cutting edge knowledge among organizations supporting mentors.
A grateful university says thanks to MENTOR.