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Critical Ingredients: The Connected Mentoring Framework

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While made specifically for the out of school context, it's important to recognize that the lessons they offer many lessons for program orientations and projects that seek to expand the classroom. What are the important considerations when people are invited to work in concert with youth to reach learning goals. In this way, the critical ingredients offered by the Mentoring Working Group provide a foundation for exciting possibilities.

The Chicago-based Mentoring Working Group consisted of Tené Gray, Director of Professional Development at the Digital Youth Network (DYN), Elsa Rodriguez, program manager at Hive Chicago, and Bernadette Sánchez, associate professor at DePaul University.

  • Connection. Making connections and building rapport with young people whether it’s in the short- or long-term.
  • Reciprocity. We learn from young people as much as they learn from us. And that reciprocal learning takes place within the context of not only that adult-youth interaction, but youth-to-youth interactions as well.
  • Progressive complexity. This speaks to the creation of learning experiences that scaffold learning and that support the development of knowledge and skills and the application of those knowledge and skills.
  • Empowerment. This is about empowering young people to really understand what they know and to have the confidence to continue to pursue whatever it is they’re passionate about.

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