Youth experience a range of interactions with adults in out-of-school contexts like those found in Hive Learning Networks. In these interactions one can point to many instances when adults mentor youth in ways that don’t quite fit the traditional model, but are still valuable in their own right. Couldn’t such “mentoring moments” be just as valuable or consequential to a youth’s learning trajectory as more sustained mentoring?
This is the question that the Chicago-based Mentoring Working Group set out to address. Through conversations, research and focus groups, the Connected Mentor site was created. It represents a synthesis of rich research and practical knowledge around mentoring, including a mentoring framework that was developed specifically for the out-of-school context.
Take a look at our website!
- Check out the framework and apply it to your work
- Sift through some great best practices from practitioners at Hive Chicago
- Hear from youth on how they connect with adults
- Start a discussion with the community
Mentoring is the mechanism for enacting successful connected learning programs. Learn how to better connect with youth and connect with other mentors through several resources on this website.
Test-drive the site and get a sense for how the Connected Mentor Framework and Tools can be used in your youth-programming context.
Hear about the birth of the project and key driving ideas from the Mentoring Working Group in this brief interview.