Published June 7, 2017
“When mentor programs collaborate from across the globe, they benefit by gaining new tools and resources from an entirely different perspective … the exchange of ideas has the opportunity to impact the youth directly.”
Julie Gehring is the Director of Mentoring at Mother Caroline Academy & Education Center in Boston, and is one of SEE’s 2017 Independent Professionals.
In late March, Gehring was awarded a two-week fellowship grant through Eurasia’s Social Expertise Exchange Program to work with Big Brothers Big Sisters Moscow and St. Petersburg Russia. Her fellowship work looked to improve mentorship practices in Russia and the United States through adoption of best practices from both sides. In particular, the project focused on increasing the longevity of US mentor/mentee relationships and improving the methods of training Russian program staff and mentors with a focus on mentorship goal setting and mentor/guardian relationship building.
Read the full exchange with Julie and learn more about her journey to Russia on The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring’s website.