Connected Mentor: Mentoring Working Group

Mentoring as a Mechanism for Effective Connected Learning

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

Lead Organization:
Digital Youth Network

Partner Organizations:
DePaul University , Hive Chicago

Project Goal:
In order to build a community of mentors and bridge connections for youth in Connected Learning settings, we set out to construct a framework in an effort to develop a common understanding and language related to the type of mentoring that happens in out-of-school spaces. After observing programs and speaking with adults across organizations, we devised the Connected Mentoring Framework. Its purpose is to help practitioners see where their roles fit into the broad youth development and mentoring taking place in out-of-school time.

Beyond a theoretical framework we also wanted to provide resources for relationship building. To do this we surveyed Hive Chicago practitioners and ran a focus group with youth to hear their perspective on building relationships in OST.

Finally, we know that an intentional community of mentors must exist to better bridge the spheres of Connected Learning for youth. We hope this website will be a first step toward creating a community of Connected Mentors

Project Tags:
Legacy Projects

Project Portfolio

  • tools

    Connected Mentor Website

    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.

  • media

    Connected Mentor Webinar

    Test-drive the site and get a sense for how the Connected Mentor Framework and Tools can be used in your youth-programming context.

  • documentation

    Connected Mentor Framework Interview

    Hear about the birth of the project and key driving ideas from the Mentoring Working Group in this brief interview.