July 6, 2021 (Boston, Mass) –Mentor Collective - the leader in large-scale structured mentorship programs - announced today a new partnership with Connected Futures, an evidence-based curriculum that educates students on the benefits of non-kin mentorship and the skills needed to grow professional networks and social capital. The curriculum will be offered within the Mentor Collective Careers Program as a complement to the alumni mentors and program platform access each student receives. 

“Collaborating with trusted researchers and institutions with the shared mission of bridging equity gaps in education is at the core of what we do,” said Mentor Collective Founder Jackson Boyar. “The scholars at Connected Futures have made it their life’s work to understand the challenges students face in connecting with non-kin adults. It’s been an exciting process incorporating these vital skills into the Mentor Collective Careers Program and we are looking forward to seeing how it empowers students of all backgrounds to create meaningful professional networks.” 

The collaboration between Mentor Collective and Connected Futures brings together a team of researchers, professors and published academics with more than 50 years of combined experience working with adolescents and young adults across diverse genders, ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, cultures, and faiths. 

Among the Connected Futures team:

  • Dr. Elizabeth Raposa, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Fordham University
  • Dr. Stella Kanchewa, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Bellarmine University
  • Dr. Jean Rhodes, the Frank L. Boyden Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring at the University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Dr. Sarah Schwartz, Associate Professor of Psychology at Suffolk University

Together, Mentor Collective and Connected Futures encourage the development of self-efficacy for college students by connecting them to a relevant alumni mentor. With the encouragement and support of their mentors, students can work through the built-in Connected Futures curriculum at their own pace, growing their knowledge and confidence to connect more effectively with the adults who can help them achieve their goals.

Connected Futures

“The Connected Futures curriculum tends to be more effective when you have someone who can guide you through it,” said Dr. Raposa during a recent Mentor Collective virtual Masterclass event. “Through the Career Program at Mentor Collective, both students and alumni mentors have access to the lessons, allowing for more discussion around how these situations apply to their own lives and more opportunities to build connections with relevant resources.”

To learn more about the Mentor Collective and Connected Futures collaboration and research, contact Jenna Harmon, Senior Research Manager at Mentor Collective at jenna@mentorcollective.org