The Center is dedicated to creating the open and efficient exchange of research and ideas. In doing so, we seek to advance the production, dissemination, and uptake of evidence-based practice in ways that improve the effectiveness of practice and, ultimately, create stronger, more enduring mentor-mentee relationships.
The goal of the center is to advance both the production and uptake of evidence-based practice in the field of youth mentoring. We accomplish this goal through the production of research, the facilitation of collaborations, and the dissemination of evidence-based resources.
Advance our Understanding of Youth Mentoring
- Conduct rigorous research on mentoring programs and practice, including the conditions under which it is most effective
- Improve the translation of evidence into program, practice, and policy
- Identify and fill gaps in the knowledge base of evidence-based mentoring
- Help train the next generation of youth mentoring researchers
Facilitate collaboration and exchange across constituents
- Collaborate with mentoring and youth development researchers, practitioners, organizations, and policy experts in way that increases information sharing and advance evidence-based practice
- Create forums to facilitate information exchange and collaboration amongst mentoring researchers, practitioners, and others affiliated in the field
Increase the dissemination of evidence-based resources
- Create user-friendly research digests, practice tools, and policy recommendations on youth mentoring
- Create, disseminate, and revise user-friendly evidence-based trainings and resources