Mentoring of youth
Youth mentoring, as addressed by the Institute, is when experienced adults have a forum to share their knowledge and/or wisdom with youth with disabilities to support their professional growth and development and to benefit the overall community. The Institute focuses on both traditional mentoring and electronic or e-mentoring.
The following Institute products, projects, and/or staff address this topic.
Check & Connect: A Comprehensive Student Engagement Intervention
Provides training in use of the Check & Connect student engagement intervention model to promote students' engagement with school, reduce dropout, and increase school completion. The Check &...
Check & Connect: A Model for Engaging and Retaining Students with Intellectual Disabilities in Higher Education
Establishes an inclusive and comprehensive model for engaging and retaining students with intellectual disabilities in higher education programs. Building on the Check & Connect model, this...
Connecting Through Service (CTS) [Archived]
Created an effective and system-level process to increase student engagement by utilizing a collaboration with existing partners. This process was accomplished through a strategic integration of...
Dropout Prevention Initiative Documentary and Monograph [Archived]
Synthesized the results and findings of the five-year, federally-funded Dropout Prevention Model project implemented by the Minnesota Department of Education with seven school districts in the...
Provides a school-based mentoring program that uses e-mail and face-to-face meetings to connect high school students to employees from the local business community. The purpose of the program is to...
Expanding the Circle (ETC) [Archived]
Delivers a curriculum offering culturally-relevant activities to facilitate the successful transition from high school to postsecondary life for American Indians.
Making the Connection: Engaging and Retaining Young Adults in Postsecondary Education [Archived]
Developed a postsecondary version of the Check & Connect student engagement model to increase students' ability to overcome barriers and persist in successful program completion in community...
MMM!: A Middle-school Mentoring Model to Improve School Outcomes for Disengaged 6th Grade Students [Archived]
Developed and delivered the Middle-school Mentoring Model (MMM!), an afterschool small-group mentoring program to increase student engagement with school and learning and to foster positive youth...
National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) [ICI center] [Archived]
Focuses on improved access and success for students with disabilities in secondary and postsecondary education, as well as employment, independent living, and community participation. Activities...
National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD)
Provides training and technical assistance, and conducts research, that support state and local policies to promote full access to high quality workforce development services on the part of youth...
Preventing Truancy in Urban Schools: A Goal 3 Randomized Efficacy Trial [Archived]
Tests the efficacy of the Check & Connect student engagement model with general education students in the Chicago Public Schools who have chronic attendance difficulties. The two-year...
Together We Make a Difference: Inclusive Service Learning as part of 4-H Youth Development Programs [Archived]
Instilled hope, a sense of purpose, self-confidence, and a positive vision of the future among at-risk, high school youth with and without disabilities through a year-long inclusive service...
Truancy Reduction in the Chicago Public Schools [Archived]
Addressed truancy reduction for the Chicago Public Schools by providing staff training on the Check & Connect student engagement model, ensuring the fidelity of Check & Connect, and providing...
U.S.-Russia Peer-to-Peer Project: Developing Systems to Support the Employment and Community Inclusion of Young Adults with Disabilities
Creates virtual and in-person platforms for dialogues between professionals and parents who support young adults with disabilities in Russia and the U.S. The goal is to develop opportunities and...