MPA Newsletter August 2009 by laurarichert



                                                                                                                       Mentoring Partnership of
                                                                                                                         Arizona Newsletter
                                                                                                          Volume 1, Issue 3                                       August 2009

Inside this issue:
                                                                                                          Welcome to the third issue of the Mentoring Partnership of Arizona

                                                                                                          In this issue, we recognize Larry Bornhurst, our August Mentor of the
                                                                                                          Month. Larry is a mentor through Old Pueblo Community Services in
Introduction                                                1
                                                                                                          Tucson and has served brilliantly in the field of adult mentoring.

                                                                                                          Our Spotlight on Mentoring this month is on another recent program, Project Turnaround, a project of
Mentor of the                                               2
                                                                                                          the Educational Enrichment Foundation aimed at at-risk students in Doolen Middle School. This is a
                                                                                                          promising program and has already made a big difference for the students of Doolen.
Larry Bornhurst
(Old Pueblo
Community Ser-                                                                                            As in past newsletters, the latest mentoring-related trainings, news, and national updates are detailed.
vices, Tucson)                                                                                            Following the success of last month’s summer activities list, this month’s newsletter includes a list of
                                                                                                          back-to-school activity ideas to help motivate and inspire your mentee.
Spotlight on Men- 3
toring: Project
Turnaround                                                                                                We hope that this newsletter will continue to be an invaluable resource to you. As with past issues,
                                                                                                          your input is always appreciated! Please send any comments or suggestions to mentor-
                                                                                                 Also, if you have an amazing mentor you would like nominated for our Mentor
Training and                                                4                                             of the Month column, or if you would like to see your program highlighted, please send us an email.
Events                                                                                                    We look forward to working beside you and helping spread the word about mentoring in Arizona!

Arizona Mentor-                                             5
ing News
                                                                                                          Mentoring Partnership of Arizona Website
National News                                               6-7
                                                                                                          The Mentoring Partnership of Arizona has now developed an internet
                                                                                                          resource for mentoring programs at
                                                                                                 The site is still in its beta
Back-to-School                                              8                                             form, but offers a number of services, including a training calendar for
Activity Ideas                                                                                            all mentoring related trainings offered throughout Arizona and a mes-
                                                                                                          sage board available to any mentoring program staff or mentors, who
                                                                                                          would like to discuss subjects related to mentoring in Arizona. The site
                                                                                                          is primarily targeted at mentoring professionals, but also offers general
                                                                                                          information on mentoring for potential mentors.
Services                                                    9
                                                                                                          The training and event calendar function is intended to help you get the
                                                                                                          word out about upcoming events offered through your program. If your
                                                                                                          organization is offering a training or event, please email mentor-
                                                                                                 with the event’s name, location, basic descrip-
                                                                                                          tion, RSVP details, RSVP deadline, and course/event size.
                                                                                                          (Continued on p. 5)
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                    Mentor of the Month:
  Larry Bornhurst (Old Pueblo Community Services, Tucson)
Larry Bornhust became a mentor with Old Pueblo Community
Services after having been a volunteer for six years inside the
prison system. He was attracted to becoming a mentor through
Old Pueblo because he wanted to help people get back on their
feet after coming out of prison. He has now been with Old Pueblo
for five years and has been part of a number of mentoring
matches. Larry has had a diversity of experiences, from serving in
Korea to working as a sea captain, commercial pilot, and astrono-
mer. His many experiences led him to the philosophy that if he
wants to do something, he should just go out and do it. So when
he retired, he took his strong desire to help people and put it into
action. Larry first discovered his love of helping others fifty years
ago during a difficult time in his life. He was in AA and was introduced to a passage from Matthew that stated
“Love your neighbor as yourself.” He saw it as such an easy, yet strong rule. This served as an epiphany for
him, inspiring him to be sober for fifty years and to help those in need.
One of his most poignant memories was of a man he mentored that had been in four prisons in California
and had been in prison in Arizona. His mentee had never enjoyed a social life and had a difficult time staying
away from drugs. Larry stuck with him and one day, this mentee called Larry and said, “Larry, I’m clean! I’m
clean!” His mentee went on to get a job in a resort in North Carolina and was
able to travel the US for the first time. He’ll return from North Carolina soon and
wants to start school.                                                                         “It’s not all
Larry also helped a man who had been in an LA gang. Larry had grown up in Cali-
fornia, so he understood this man’s situation. During their mentoring relationship,          happiness, but
Larry’s mentee got a job working at a concrete company. Now he is foreman of
the entire yard, is married, and has a couple kids.                                            it can be so
Larry stressed that not all mentoring matches are completely successful, pointing              rewarding”
out that it is hard to start working eight hours a day after having been in prison.
However, while it doesn’t happen all the time, Larry noted that the times that peo-
ple really turn their lives around are really heartwarming. The key is that there has to be some desire for
betterment on the mentee’s part. Then, you can help them really turn their life around.
During his five years as a mentor, Larry has learned to protect himself and his emotions, since he at first had
a tendency to get over involved. He’s also learned how rewarding being a mentor can be—the good feeling
he gets from helping people has really meant a lot to him.
For potential mentors considering mentoring an adult, Larry stated, “It is tough. I’d been there and I knew
these guys. What I do is just try and help those people to start. Go for coffee. Ask them about their family
life, life before prison, if they have goals. Try to help them find some type of employment because it is tough,
and if they don’t find work, they tend to go south. It’s not all happiness, but it can still be so rewarding.”
The Mentoring Partnership of Arizona would like to thank Larry for his brilliant work and congratulate him
on being this month’s Mentor of the Month!

 To nominate one of your program’s outstanding mentors for the Mentoring Partnership of Arizona’s Mentor of the
 Month Award, please email
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                                      Spotlight on Mentoring:
                                    Project Turnaround (Tucson)
                                                    At risk students are being paired with caring, trained mentors at Doolen Mid-
                                                    dle School through The Educational Enrichment Foundation (EEF)’s newest
                                                    program called Project Turnaround. Modeled after a program that TUSD’s
                                                    Middle School Superintendant Jim Fish coordinated back east, the program has
                                                    been embraced by Doolen’s administrators and teachers. Doolen’s students in
                                                    the program feel that their mentoring relationship is often what encourages
                                                    them to come to school on any given school day. EEF began the pilot program
                                                    with funding generously provided by Every Voice In Action. After a slow be-
                                                    ginning, the program was able to begin pairing students with mentors during
the second semester of the 2008-2009 school-year (Jan ’09 to May ’09).

The initial concept of the program was to partner mentors with students who had been suspended so as to facilitate a way for sus-
pended students to stay current with their school work. However, due to concerns over having mentors “waiting for students to be
suspended,” not having a long-term relationship with the student , not meeting the student on a consistent basis, and questions over
the effectiveness of just targeting suspended students for participation in the program, it was decided to redesign the program’s tar-
get, concentrating instead on students, who were at risk of failure for a variety of reasons. They considered students who had a
history of discipline problems; students who had difficult family situations; and students who were struggling with grades due to dis-
tractions from peers or other influences. Those involved in selecting/identifying students for participation in the program were: Mr.
Reyes (Asst. Principal), Mr. Edwards (Program Coordinator) and Ms. Gamez (Campus Monitor).

Mentors are recruited through various sources, including the Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona and a collaboration with Pima
Council on Aging’s Retired Senior Mentor Program (RSVP). In the Fall of 2009, students in the University of Arizona’s College of
Education will be invited to participate in Project Turnaround and receive additional college credit if they become a middle school
mentor for the 2009-2010 school year. During the last semester, students and mentors met at least once per week for approxi-
mately eight weeks. EEF estimates that there were a minimum of 50 student-mentor contacts. During these meetings, mentors and
mentees developed trusting relationships through regular attendance, honest discussion and goal setting for each new meeting. For
example, one 13 year old female student (for privacy reasons we cannot share her real name, so we’ll call her Brittany) was being
raised in a single family home where her mother worked two jobs and was rarely home. Her mentor, Jean, suggested that while they
meet, they could work on homework and create a scrapbook, a keepsake full of photos of her childhood, youth and her favorite
memories. From that point on, Brittany attended school daily, and she completed her homework early so that she would have more
time to work with Jean on her project.

Despite the fact that the program is still in its early stages, its results are promising. In looking at students’ grades, attendance and
behavior referrals, the general trend from the 3rd Quarter, 2009 to the 4th Quarter, 2009 showed mostly positive or no significant
change on two of the three measures. Students remarked that they looked forward to meeting with their mentors and thus made it
a point to attend school on days they had scheduled meetings. On review of behavior referrals, a significant decrease in the number
of referrals was noted. While overall grade point averages for the students involved in the mentoring program dropped slightly due
to the “end of year fatigue,” EEF does not feel that the measure of the students’ grade point averages reflects the measure of success
of the program. What was not measured but was clearly evident was the confidence and pride felt by mentors knowing they were
positively impacting a young person’s life.

Brittany is one such success story, for when she began the program in March, 2009, she had eight referrals prior to beginning her
mentor relationship and was very close to dropping out – or being suspended from school. Teachers did not think she would qualify
for middle school graduation in May. After she began to work with her caring mentor and sensed that someone valued her enough
to show up regularly and spend time with her, Brittany received no further referrals. As she began to take her schoolwork seriously
(because someone was taking her seriously), Brittany was able to walk with her fellow classmates at her middle school graduation.
Brittany was especially grateful to her mentor for taking her to the ceremony, as her mother was unavailable to take her.

To date, 8 mentors have been trained and 5 students have been paired with and are working with a mentor. According to program
coordinators, there are many more students who could benefit if more mentors were available to them. The next mentor training
session will be held in September 2009. If you are interested in becoming a trained mentor or would like more information, please
contact Linda Goode at or Richard Reyes, Assistant Principal at Doolen Middle School at Rich-
(Submitted by Linda Goode, CFRE, Director of Development)
To nominate your program for the MPA Spotlight, please email
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                                      Training Highlight
                          8/6/09: Communicate Your Agency’s Story. 9:00-12:00. Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona.
                 Cost:: Free.
                          8/13/09: Managing Volunteers for Special Events. 9:00-12:00. Volunteer Center of Southern
                          Arizona. Cost: Free.
                          8/18/09: The Logic Behind the Logic Model: Essential Tools for a Rock-solid Evaluation
                          Plan. 8:30-11:30. Community Foundation for Southern Arizona. Cost:
                          8/18/09: Building Blocks for an Unbeatable Proposal Budget. 12:30-3:30. Community Foun-
                          dation for Southern Arizona. Cost: $55.
                          8/27/09: Mandatory Reporting for Volunteers with the Responsibility for Children & Youth.
                          1:00-2:30. Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona. Cost: Free.

 The Mentoring Partnership of Arizona can also help you with the design of your mentor training courses. For
 more information, please contact

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                                                                   Your Agency’s

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                                                                   Volunteers for
                                                                   Special Events

 16              17              18 Logic Model   19               20                21               22
                                 and Proposal
                                 Budget Courses

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                                                                   Reporting for

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                                Mentoring Partnership of Arizona Website (Cont.)
                                The site will also soon offer a number of services that are currently being developed. Corresponding
                                to the training and event calendar, there will be a listing of training contacts for potential trainers/
                                lecturers. There will also be a listing of trainings that can be offered directly through the Mentoring
                                Partnership of Arizona.

                                The site will soon offer a detailed resource listing and a comprehensive listing of mentoring-related
                                internet sites.

                                If there is anything you would like to see added to the site or any resource that would benefit you,
                                please email This site is for you, so feedback is always appreciated!

National Mentoring Month Community Forum Reminder
Just a reminder to become involved in the National Mentoring Month Community Forum! The Men-
toring Community Forum is currently being developed by representatives of the Volunteer Center of
Southern Arizona, United Way, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Old Pueblo Community Services, and the
Paxis Institute. A number of other programs have also expressed interest, but we could still use your
input! We would like to encourage mentoring organizations to become involved in the planning proc-
ess and add their voice.

The Forum will be an informational pancake breakfast that will have a storytelling panel/testimonial
session, video presentation, booths for mentoring organizations, and delicious food. This event will
help get the word out about mentoring, highlight the different mentoring programs in Tucson, and
attract new mentors from the community. The forums will be held in January, National Mentoring

Planning is still underway, so please put your two cents in! Please email mentor-

                               Best Practices in Mentoring Training—September 17
                               On September 17 from 9:00-12:00, the Mentoring Partnership of Arizona will hold a workshop on
                               mentoring effective practices. This workshop will discuss current mentoring research and explore
                               how evidence-based program strategies can be incorporated into your mentoring program. Topics
                               •       Recent mentoring research statistics and program examination methods

                               •       Evidence-based effective practices and how they can help keep your program sustainable

                               •       Methods of monitoring your program in a way that follows sound research methods.
                               The course will be held at the Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona. To sign up, go to http://
                     , and click on training in the left-hand navigation bar.
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                  Save Mentoring Funding!
                  U.S. Department of Education mentoring program grants are currently under threat in the
                  Senate Appropriations Committee. On July 17th, the House Appropriations Committee
                  drew up the FY 2010 funding package, renewing the $50 million for Mentoring Children of
                  Prisoners in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, but following the Presi-
                  dent’s budget request by eliminating funding for Mentoring Programs grants offered through
                  the U.S. Department of Education, effectively cutting funding to mentoring programs by $50

                  The budget went before the Senate Appropriations Committee on July 30 and we are still
                  awaiting news over whether or not funding was renewed. If the Senate does follow the
                  House of Representatives and does not recommend at least partial funding for the Depart-
                  ment of Education program, the last round of grants made in FY 2008 will be terminated

                  The proposed termination of funds within the President’s budget was justified citing a
                  March 2009 evaluation of the Department of Education program conducted by the Educa-
                  tion Department’s Institute of Education Sciences that found the program to be ineffective.
                  According to this evaluation, school-based mentoring as practiced failed to increase grades
   “The US        or test scores. However, according to another rigorous evaluation conducted just two
                  years ago, teachers reported improved quality of mentored students’ school work.
Department of
  Education       Marian L. Heard, Vice-Chair of MENTOR, and Dr. Jean Rhodes, Chair of MENTOR’s Re-
  mentoring       search and Policy Council, addressed the contradictions in these studies in a testimony
                  written for the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health, and Human Ser-
program grants    vices. In this May 18 testimony, the two authors outlined the benefits of mentoring, the
                  research showing that high-quality mentoring generates the strongest impact, and the need
 are currently    for federal funding for mentoring. The testimony suggests that rather than eliminating fund-
                  ing for school-based mentoring, the Department of Education should restrict its funding to
under threat. ”   programs that incorporate best practices—the programs that have been shown to produce
                  results. (To read this testimony, please go to

                  The Mentoring Partnership of Arizona will keep you up-to-date about the status of this is-
                  sue as it progresses through the Senate committees.

                  If you would like more information on the Department of Education funding and how it has
                  been considered thus far in the House subcommittee, please visit http://
Volume 1, Issue 3                                                                                                            Page 7

Wisdom of Age—Guide for Recruiting Mentors Age 50+
MENTOR, the National Mentoring Partnership has just released two publications for recruiting older
mentors, The Wisdom of Age: A Staff Guide and The Wisdom of Age: A Handbook for Mentors. Researched
and written by Dr. Andrea Taylor, director of Youth Development and Family Support at Temple
University’s Center for Intergenerational Learning, the staff guide explores current statistics and re-
search on this population, breaking it down into three distinct generational categories and explaining
the unique characteristics of each.

This guide stresses the importance of targeting mentors, aged 50+, stating, “By not engaging adults
over 50, programs are losing millions of potential mentors, and young people are losing the opportu-
nity and benefit from the wisdom of age.; If we recruited just 5 percent of people between 56 and 70,
we could increase our mentor pool by more than six million.

The companion guide, The Wisdom of Age: a Handbook for Mentors, informs mentors 50+ of the inter-
generational issues that can be encountered in a mentoring relationship. Through hands-on applica-
tions and activities, this guide supports older mentors, helps build skills, and strengthens confidence.
For an electronic copy of these publications, please go to
mentoring_1216.pdf for the staff guide and
for the mentor handbook.                                                                                                 “The

Expanding Opportunities to Serve Through Mentoring                                                                  effectiveness of
The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act has enormous potential to expand opportunities for indi-                       mentoring
viduals to serve their country through mentoring. Elena Sokolow-Kaufmann, Advocacy and Develop-
ment Associate of the Mass Mentoring Partnership recently wrote about the significance of this act in                programs as a
her public comment for CNCS:                                                                                          strategy for
                                                                                                                     positive youth
“As a young and diverse programmatic segment within the youth development field, mentoring programs will
significantly benefit from increased support from the Corps within the National Service Trust program. The          development […]
effectiveness of mentoring programs as a strategy for positive youth development also makes mentoring a
great investment option. […] As enacted, the Serve America Act provides many more opportunities to support           makes a great
quality mentoring. Mentoring is identified as an eligible activity for those engaged in the newly-expanded Ameri-
Corps, Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), and Retired and Senior Volunteer Programs (RSVP), as well as         investment
the newly-created Education Corps and Veterans’ Corps. In addition, Mentoring Partnerships, which support the
expansion of quality mentoring in many states throughout the country, through efforts such as training and             option.”
technical assistance to organizations, mentors, and mentees; the execution of high-visibility mentor recruitment
campaigns; and the attraction of increased public and private resources to programs, would now become
eligible for funding through the National Service Trust Program and Volunteer Generation Fund.”                        Sokolow-
For more information on National Service, please visit

MENTOR and Lifelock Partner to Protect Children from
Identity Theft
MENTOR and Lifelock, the leading identity theft protection company, have just formed a partnership
aimed at educating about the dangers of child identity theft. According to the Federal Trade Commis-
sion, identity theft has increased by nearly ten percent over the past two years for Americans age 19
and younger. Most youth do not realize they are victims until they apply for a job or student loan and
realize that their credit is ruined.
The MENTOR/Lifelock partnership aims to arm consumers with the tools needed to protect them-
selves from becoming victims of identity theft.
For more information, please visit
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                 Back-to-School Activity Ideas
                 Following up on the success of last month’s “Summer Activity Ideas,” we’ve devel-
                 oped a list of activities for you and your mentee for the beginning of the school
                 year and beyond. Enjoy!

                 School Prep                                       Beating the Heat
                 • Ask your mentee’s school about available clubs. • Make fruit smoothies together
                   Discuss the clubs with your mentee and en-      • Go ice skating or play ice hockey at a local
                     courage them to become involved in one.               rink
                 • Play games that will help with school subjects, • Go swimming
                     such as Monopoly for math, Risk or 10 Days in • Make fresh lemonade or homemade root beer
                     the USA for Geography, or Life for general life
                     choices                                           • Make banana splits
                 •   Go to and pick an
                     educational game that appeals to both you and     • Have a water balloon fight
                     your mentee, such as St. Petersburg, Puerto       • Make a root beer float
                     Rico, We the People, etc. Make a regular game
                     night.                                            Just for Fun
                 •   Approach math creatively with resources like      • Hold an “unbirthday” party during a tough
                     Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who’s Boss          month
                     by, Danica McKellar or Madison Metropolitan       • Go to a concert to hear a type of music nei-
                     School District’s free Hip-Hop Math resource           ther of you knows
                     (           •   Do a volunteer project together
                     hiphopmath/)                                      •   Walk the mall
                 •   Help your mentee find a volunteer opportunity
                                                                       •   Join a book club together
                     related to his/her current career interests
   “Keep it      •   Learn a few words of a new language together
                                                                       •   Go to Shakespeare in the park
                     through your local library (such as Pima          •   Make a First Aid kit together and talk about
   creative          County Library’s free online language center          disaster prep
                       •   Make chocolate covered strawberries
throughout the                                                         •   Go to a drop-in yoga class
                 •   Find out what subjects your mentee is studying
 school year!”       and visit a related museum                        •   Make pancakes for dinner
                                                                       •   Grow tomatoes or another favorite vegetable
                 Exercise                                              •   Make decorative flower pots
                 • Go biking                                           •   Invent a new type of pizza
                 • Play frisbee golf                                   •   Pick a song you both enjoy and create a music
                 • Have a basketball free-throw contest                    video
                 • Go to a batting cage                          •         Go out on the lawn and cloud watch
                                                                 •         Read each other’s favorite book and discuss
                 Future Planning                                 •         Write a song together
                 • Organize a “Take Your Mentee to Work Day” •             Have high tea
                 • Talk about your first job                     •         Watch the sunset
                 • Talk about planning a career                  •         Rent an old 50’s monster film and have a good
                 • Take a tour of friends’ work places                     laugh
                 • Sit in on a couple evening classes at a local •         Hold a scavenger hunt
                   community college                             •         Find out what your mentee’s favorite actor/
                 • Work on college applications together                   band is and take an active interest
                 • Explore financial aid options
                 • Get dressed up for a “mock” interview
                 • Discuss internship opportunities
                 • Talk about networking
                 • Talk about balancing work and life
                 • Show your mentee how to balance a check-
Volume 1, Issue 3                                                                                         Page 9

NWREL Online Mentoring Forums
The National Mentoring Center at the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory has just created a
new online community to help mentoring professionals network with other programs. Following up
on the MentorExchange listserv they began six years ago, NMC decided to transition their mentoring
community to an online forum-based system, Primarily intended for school-based mentoring pro-
grams, hundreds of programs have already signed up, creating a large online mentoring com-

The Mentoring Forums are located at For information on
how to participate, please visit the FAQs page at

Arizona Afterschool Map

The Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence in collaboration with the Arizona statewide Youth
Development Task Force has just created the Arizona Afterschool Map, an internet afterschool map
and directory. The directory is intended to both be an invaluable tool for all Arizona afterschool pro-
viders and to assist people statewide to find quality afterschool opportunities.

This service is available to any type of afterschool provider, including mentoring programs. To put
your organization on the map, go to, the click on Afterschool
Directory to enter your program’s data. There is no charge for using this service.

If you have any questions regarding the Arizona Afterschool Map, please call the Arizona Center
for Afterschool Excellence at (602) 279-7100.

MPA Program Support Services
The Mentoring Partnership of Arizona offers a number of services to Arizona mentoring programs.
We can provide:

•    Consultation services for programs
•    Mentoring resources
•    Training workshops
•    Training database
•    Training development assistance
•    Networking opportunities for mentoring organizations
•    Promotion of mentoring
•    MentorPRO support
•    Informal advocacy for existing programs
•    Personable support to mentoring program staff

If there is any way that we can be of assistance to your mentoring program, don’t hesitate to email You can also visit us online at,, or on Facebook.
 Mentoring Partnership of Arizona
                 August 2009

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