We loved reading UVA Today's article, "Three Ways to Become a Better Mentor." Michael Lyons, a school psychologist at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education and Human Development, has researched mentoring for years and said that mentoring is more complex than it appears. While specifically referring to UVA students and mentoring, the principles also apply to mentoring youth. “Effective mentoring relationships are definitely not accidental,” he said. Reflecting on the latest research about mentoring, Lyons shares three tips for making mentoring relationships effective.

UVA Today: Three Ways to Become a Better Mentor

At C4K, we follow the nationally recognized mentoring best practices that are laid out in MENTOR's, "Elements for Effective Practice for Mentoring." MENTOR recently published a supplement to this book, intended to provide additional research- and practitioner-informed recommendations for youth mentoring programs to more effectively serve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQQ) youth—as well as LGBTQ volunteers and other stakeholders.

Mentoring LGBTQQ+ Youth

In designing workshops, we are identifying skills that will make C4K members competitive for post-secondary education and jobs, including in Charlottesville's own quickly-growing tech industry. We are also offering more field trips to local businesses and colleges so youth members can experience first-hand the connection between the skills they are learning at C4K and tangible college and career opportunities.

Field Trip Summer Series