August 2009 – On August 4, 2009, Dr. Jean Rhodes of the University of Massachusetts and David Van Patten, president of Dare Mighty Things, co-chaired MENTOR’s Research and Policy Council in Washington DC. At the meeting, the Council honored four Presidential appointees who contributed greatly to the growth of mentoring in America. Those honored were David Eisner of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), Robert Flores of the Department of Justice, Deborah Price of the Department of Education, and Harry Wilson of the Department of Health and Human Services.
The Research and Policy Council was launched in 2006 to promote greater exchange among practitioners, policymakers, and researchers in order to strengthen the practice of youth mentoring. Last week’s meeting in Alexandria, Virginia, included a status report on a new meta-analysis of mentoring being conducted by Dr. David DuBois the University of Illinois, Chicago, an advice session on the latest draft of the third edition of mentoring standards known as the Elements of Effective Practice, a round robin on recently-completed mentoring research, and a discussion of the Department of Education’s recently released assessment of its school-based mentoring program.
Guest speakers, in addition to those honored, were Marian Heard, MENTOR’s vice chair, along with new administration appointees who are playing a leading role in mentoring, Kristin McSwain, chief of program operations for CNCS, and Robert Grimm, Director of Research and Policy Development for CNCS.
For more information about the Research and Policy Council, visit http://www.mentoring.org/rpc/.