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The Bottom Line
The bottom line is that mentoring works! BEST Kids Mentoring Program is guided by the belief that all children are talented. Through our one-on-one volunteer mentoring, our extensive training, staff support and our experiential-learning-based peer group, we encourage our youth to discover and develop their unique skills and abilities. Beginning with children as young as six and continuing, as needed, until adulthood, BEST Kids Mentoring Program works to enable youth to develop a positive sense of self, to acquire teamwork and group social skills, and to become productive members of society.
BEST Kids Earns Partner Status Through Virginia Mentoring Partnership's Quality-Based Membership Initiative
BEST Kids recently earned Partner Member status through the Virginia Mentoring Partnership's Quality-Based Membership Initiative. We are one of only ten mentoring programs to earn this status and one of the only programs in Washington, DC.
Research suggests that quality mentoring programs follow nationally recognized best practices called the Elements of Effective Practice. Mentoring Partnerships, under the leadership of MENTOR have developed a process for mentoring programs to assess and improve program practices using these nationally recognized standards called Quality-Based Membership (QBM).
BEST Kids has successfully completed the QBM process, a year-long rigorous assessment and enhancement process that connects research to the daily practices of existing mentoring programs here in the local area. Rose Marie Wiegandt, Director of Programs at Virginia Mentoring Partnership, says “earning this status demonstrates BEST Kids is fully committed to offering their mentees and mentors the most impactful experiences possible.”
BEST Kids’ Executive Director Krislyn Mossman says, "Quality-Based Membership has provided the framework and support for us to align our programming with the national best practices for mentoring programs. This recognition confirms that our mentoring program has a solid program design built on quality and effective practices that produce positive outcomes for the youth we serve and for the DC area community at large.”
Virginia Mentoring Partnership is an independent, 501 (c) 3 organization founded in 1993 to provide training and program assistance to mentors and mentoring programs around Virginia. Today, Virginia Mentoring Partnership promotes effective mentoring in Virginia by increasing the capacity of mentoring programs, developing new programs in areas of high need, and leveraging resources to support the mentoring field.
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BEST Kids Mentor of the Month
James Butler - July 2016
James has been mentoring 16-year-old Philip since February of 2015. From the very beginning, James' welcoming and open personality helped pave the way for a very close relationship with Philip. We require our mentors to spend at least ten hours a month with their mentees and James always surpasses that amount. We, at BEST Kids, admire James' intentionality in their outings which include frequent visits to Philip's birth mother (supporting the important relationship already present in Philip's life), meetings with various professionals to cultivate Philip's thinking about career, and they even attended a peaceful demonstration which opened up a conversation about not using violence to handle problems. Most important, James and Philip have FUN when they get together, which is actually the number one job we give our mentors. Both James and Philip report enjoying themselves when they are in each other's company and they both enjoy plenty of laughs while together. James has won various awards from our organization including having the most mentoring hours and "the most creative outings" award.
James exemplifies the care and devotion we desire in every mentoring relationship. Philip is stronger and more determined to strive success as a result of having known James. We are grateful to have James as one of our veteran mentors!
“BEST Kids helped me by showing me things that I wouldn’t have been able to do, and they pushed me forward so when I get older I’ll be able to do these things on my own.”
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