Top Youth Mentoring Researcher Joins Board of Advisors

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Sea Change Mentoring has created its first Board of Advisors. Made up of visionary international school leaders; entrepreneurs in education and technology; and one of the most respected youth mentoring researchers in the world, this group is pretty spectacular. With the Council of International Schools adding transitions support to their 2016 accreditation requirements, the growing interest in both mentoring and personalization in the international school world and with Sea Change Mentoring landing the Singapore American School partnership, the timing couldn’t be more perfect.

Over the course of the next two weeks, we will be introducing these new members to the rest of our Sea Change Mentoring community. 

Sea Change Mentoring welcomes Dr. Carla Herrera to our new Board of Advisors. Our CEO, Ellen Mahoney, recalls when she first met Dr. Herrera.

 “I met Dr. Herrera when I was the Director of Program Quality at iMentor and have long admired her work. I first heard her present her work at the Summer Institute for Youth Mentoring in 2007 and was immediately drawn to her research. I got the chance to work with her briefly when she was at P/PV when she came in to help iMentor understand what kind of a research design we could use. I clearly remember sitting in our CEO’s office as she walked through a Theory of Change with us. She really impressed me. When I came up with the model for Sea Change Mentoring she was the first researcher I reached out to for feedback. She has always deeply cared for the well-being of youth and that great compassion is matched by her sharp intellect.”

Dr. Carla Herrera received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.  She is an independent consultant who was most recently a senior research fellow at Public/Private Ventures. Dr. Herrera has published numerous reports and articles on school-based, community-based and group mentoring over the past 19 years. Her studies have helped inform the field about the relationships that develop in these programs, the experiences of youth and mentors, how and which youth benefit and how program practices may shape these experiences and benefits.

Read one of her latest and influential works, “The Role of Risk: Mentoring Experiences and Outcomes for Youth with Varying Risk Profiles” which she co-wrote with David DuBois and Jean Grossman. The study enrolled 1,310 young people between the ages of 8 and 15 and found that the strongest program benefit and most consistent to being assigned a mentor was a reduction in depressive symptoms. The study also found gains in social acceptance, academic attitudes and grades.

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