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    Members
    Detlef Pech
    Faculty Member
    Education/Special Education
    Prof. Dr.
    Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
    Institut für Erziehungswissenschaften
    detlef.pech@hu-berlin.de
    Sachunterricht und seine Didaktik an der HU Berlin
    Twitter
    Research Summary

    Mentoring in primary school education, Learning about politics and history in primary school


    Biographical Info

    Full-professorship at Humboldt university for „General Studies in Primary School“ (Sachunterricht), Director of the Professional School of Education


    Joao Perre Viana
    Other
    Psychology
    Founder and Pioneer of Walking Mentorship
    Walking Mentorship
    EADA Barcelona
    perreviana@walkingmentorship.com
    Walking Mentorship
    Research Summary

    My research interests combine mentoring activity with outdoor learning settings. I have developed a methodology named Survival Kit, based on visual thinking, that allows an individual to continuously self-develop supported by exercises in an environment where the mentoring happened always supported by walking and nature.

    My continuous exploration has been moving around the possibility of developing scientific evidence that a process of future self-authoring can be implemented consistently in walking mentoring programs.

    In parallel, I am also interested in analyzing the influence of the walking activity in nature to support the process versus the utilization of other life self-authoring approaches that do not use such tools.


    Biographical Info

    Founder and Pioneer of Walking Mentorship. Combining walking in nature with individual and Group Mentoring. A tool to inspire and motivate individual change and impact organizations from within. João considers himself a citizen of the world, as he was born in Portugal, finished high school in the U.S., and completed his MBA in Belgium in 2003. His first senior management appointment took him to Central Asia (Kazakhstan), then to Eastern Europe (Ukraine) and finally Africa (Angola and Mozambique).

    Throughout his personal and professional life, he has acquired extensive experience as a business mentor in multinationals, accelerators, incubators, and corporate programmes. In 2014, he launched the Walking Mentorship, an innovative project 20 years in the making. Walking Mentorship consists of a philosophy of self-development with a methodology based on different mentoring formats, connecting walking, and direct contact with nature.

    João is an advisory board member in different organizations. A guest lecturer at EADA in Barcelona and Lviv Business School in Ukraine. João his also an Associate Mentor of the International Mentor Network.

    Bringing 15+ years of mentoring experience at the international level, João has a strong focus on Change Management, Business Transformation, and Personal Development.


    Nancy Phenis-Bourke Ed.D
    Other
    Education/Special Education
    Executive Director
    International Mentoring Association
    nsbourke@aol.com
    Twitter
    Research Summary

    Dissertation: National Association of Elementary Principals Principal Mentor Program


    Biographical Info

    Dr. Nancy Phenis-Bourke
    A veteran principal, Nancy Phenis-Bourke uses her experience and expertise as a consultant/facilitator/coach with local, national, and international organizations. Principal mentor program accreditation, program sustainability, professional development, live-long learning and organizational leadership are embedded in Nancy’s passion for working with principals, students, and employees. Nancy was instrumental in developing a 2018 Summer Leadership Academy and Expo for 25 non-profit agencies.

    She continues to be a global traveler, culinary arts trainee, certified Level II Ikebono designer, avid golfer, and yoga guru. All which sustain Nancy’s everyday life of learning and living while maintaining families in Colorado, Illinois, and Oregon.
    Nancy and her husband serve on several local community non-profit boards in Indiana and Florida. Nancy’s serves as a board member with The Center for Educational Improvement and is President/CEO of the International Mentoring Association overseeing the mission and the vision.


    William Polite
    Graduate Student
    Education/Special Education
    Director of Equity, Diversity & Accountability
    Wichita Public Schools
    Liberty University
    wpolite@usd259.net
    Twitter
    Cyanea Poon
    Graduate Student
    Psychology
    PhD student in Clinical Psychology
    University of Massachusetts Boston
    Center for Evidence Based Mentoring
    yuisum.poon001@umb.edu
    Biographical Info

    Cyanea is a graduate student at UMass Boston’s Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. Born and raised in Hong Kong, she graduated with a BA in psychology from Wheaton College in 2016. While there, she also earned a certificate in Human Needs and Global Resources for her research with trauma-exposed youths in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Cyanea is passionate about engaging with vulnerable communities and has collaborated with NGOs evaluating youth programs in Cambodia, China and Ghana. Cyanea is interested in studying how support networks and non-parental adults affect developmental trajectories of at-risk youth. In the long term, she hopes to develop interventions that can increase youths’ social capital in the Majority World.


    Justin Preston
    Graduate Student
    Psychology, Public/Social Policy
    Graduate Student
    University of Massachusetts Boston
    Clinical Psychology
    Justin.Preston@umb.edu
    Òscar Prieto-Flores
    Faculty Member
    Public/Social Policy, Sociology
    Associate Professor
    University of Girona
    oscar.prieto@udg.edu
    APPlying Mentoring
    Twitter
    Research Summary

    He is Principal Investigator of the RECERCAIXA grant "APPlying Mentoring: Social and Technological Innovations for the Social Inclusion of Immigrants and Refugees". The aim of this multidisciplinary research is to assess the impact of three mentoring programs targeting migrants and refugees at different stages of the lifespan: immigrant and refugee adolescents, unaccompanied immigrant youth in their transition to adulthood and refugee adults who are settling down in Europe. He is also interested on how mentoring relationships promote benefits to mentors, specially on intercultural competence and racial literacy. Prieto-Flores is member of the European Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring and of the Global Youth Mentoring Network.


    Biographical Info

    Òscar Prieto-Flores is an associate professor at the University of Girona (Spain). He obtained his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Barcelona in 2007 and was Visiting Scholar in 2006 of the Center for Migration and Development at Princeton University and in 2012 of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University and the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring at UMASS Boston in 2017. He is currently studying what paths lead students of ethnic and immigrant background in Europe on a college track. At the same time, he coordinates with his friend and colleague, Jordi Feu, the Nightingale at the University of Girona, a mentoring program with children and youth of immigrant background.


    Rebecca Lynn Radlick
    Postdoctoral Fellow
    Public/Social Policy
    Postdoctor
    NORCE Norwegian Research Centre
    rera@norceresearch.no
    Research Summary

    Currently working with the project “Resiliency at work by and for young people: Digital innovations that promote social inclusion, health, and employment” in cooperation with The Center for Shared Decision-Making and Collaboration Research (Oslo University Hospital). As part of this project I am leading a pilot study which will assess the implementation of a digitally enhanced mentoring program for multicultural youth.


    Biographical Info

    Rebecca Lynn Radlick has a PhD in Administration and Organization Theory from the University of Bergen, Norway (2018). Her doctoral dissertation examined the implementation of the Norwegian integration program for newly arrived refugees.


    Laleh Raeisy
    Graduate Student
    PhD Candidate
    Shiraz University
    TU Dresden
    raeisylaleh@gmail.com
    Elizabeth Raposa
    Faculty Member
    Psychology
    Assistant Professor of Psychology
    Fordham University
    eb.raposa@gmail.com
    Research Summary

    Dr. Raposa's research investigates how early life adversity influences psychosocial and biological trajectories of development in ways that create risk for poor mental and physical health, and how close relationships with parents, peers, or others might mitigate the negative impact of early stressors on youth. In particular, Dr. Raposa has recently conducted several studies examining how community-based youth mentoring interventions, as well as naturally-occurring supportive relationships between adults and youth, might help to promote resilience and offset risk for youth growing up in high-stress environments.


    Biographical Info

    Liz Raposa was an undergraduate double major in Psychology and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania and received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. After completing her pre-doctoral internship in the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program at Yale-New Haven Hospital, she took a postdoctoral fellowship as a MacArthur Foundation Network Fellow at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She was an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, for three years before joining the Psychology faculty at Fordham in Fall 2019.


    cecilia Resurreccion
    Other
    Education/Special Education, Psychology
    Dr.
    University of Asia and the Pacific
    University of the Philippines
    cesresurreccion@gmail.com
    Research Summary

    Research done on the existing mentoring program of KALFI LEAD on the evaluation of the mentors' program. It yielded results on the following: greater bonding time between mentor and mentee, training of mentors on Listening and developing empathy, greater access to mentoring materials which can be used as tools for mentoring.


    Biographical Info

    Dr. Ces Resurreccion is the Executive Director of the Center for Student Affairs, University of Asia and the Pacific. She has been a mentor for more than 20 years. She is the training officer of KALFI Lead Mentors Program. She has graduated from the University of the Philippines, Doctor of Philosophy major in Guidance Education. She has been involved in several researches on youth mentoring, resilience and positive youth development. She was the Conference Chair of the the 1st International Mentoring Conference held last July 2018 at the University of Asia and the Pacific, Philippines.


    cecilia Resurreccion
    Other
    Education/Special Education, Psychology
    Dr.
    University of Asia and the Pacific
    University of the Philippines
    cecilia.resurreccion@uap.asia
    Research Summary

    Research done on the existing mentoring program of KALFI LEAD on the evaluation of the mentors' program. It yielded results on the following: greater bonding time between mentor and mentee, training of mentors on Listening and developing empathy, greater access to mentoring materials which can be used as tools for mentoring.


    Biographical Info

    Dr. Ces Resurreccion is the Executive Director of the Center for Student Affairs, University of Asia and the Pacific. She has been a mentor for more than 20 years. She is the training officer of KALFI Lead Mentors Program. She has graduated from the University of the Philippines, Doctor of Philosophy major in Guidance Education. She has been involved in several researches on youth mentoring, resilience and positive youth development. She was the Conference Chair of the the 1st International Mentoring Conference held last July 2018 at the University of Asia and the Pacific, Philippines.


    Jean Rhodes
    Faculty Member
    Psychology
    Professor
    UMass Boston
    jean.rhodes@umb.edu
    Website
    Research Summary

    I focus on informal and formal mentoring in the lives of adolescents and young adults. The overarching goal is to understand the role of social connections in the adaptive functioning of individuals and to specify the underlying processes by which these connections contribute to positive outcomes.


    Biographical Info

    Jean Rhodes is the Frank L. Boyden Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has devoted her career to understanding and advancing the role of intergenerational relationships in the intellectual, social, educational, and career development of youth. She has published three books, four edited volumes, and over 150 chapters and peer-reviewed articles on topics related to positive youth development, the transition to adulthood, natural disaster, and mentoring. Dr. Rhodes is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association and the Society for Research and Community Action, was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow, and a Distinguished Fellow of the William T. Grant Foundation. She has been awarded many campus-wide teaching awards for her advances in pedagogy and scholarship, including the Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Scholar Award, the Student Government Outstanding Teacher Award, and the Chancellor’s Distinguished Scholar Award at UMB.


    Desiree Robertson

    Sociology
    Director of Training and Product Design
    MENTOR, The National Mentoring Partnership
    drobertson@mentoring.org
    MENTOR
    Research Summary

    My research and areas of interest include cultural competency and humility, critical mentoring, foster care youth/intersection of mentoring and supporting college students in finding meaningful mentoring opportunities.


    Biographical Info

    I am the Director of Training and Product Design for MENTOR. I am responsible for driving and executing MENTOR’s vision for quality training development and product design including ensuring that products, tools and trainings are developed with best practices in adult learning theory, and instructional and information design. I work with a team to research, develop and implement quality products, tools and trainings that include work with the National Mentoring Resource Center and the Mentoring Connector. Prior to MENTOR, I gained extensive experience in mentoring, program management and development, curriculum development, training and professional development by directing the local mentoring Affiliate in Memphis, Tennessee and with organizations such as Girls Incorporated of Memphis, Inc. I have been a Sociology adjunct professor for over a decade at Southwest Tennessee Community College, Christian Brothers University and the University of Memphis. Nationally, I have been a National Technical Assistance Provider for the National Mentoring Resource Center and also served as a member of MENTOR’s Mentoring Affiliate Advisory Council (MAAC). I hold a graduate degree in Sociology from the University of Memphis.


    Cate Robinson
    Other
    Social Work
    Ms
    Consultant
    Wings for Success Coaching and Consultancy
    wingsforsuccess@outlook.com
    Wings for Success Coaching and Consultancy
    Twitter
    Research Summary

    Mphil (Strathclyde University) - Researching the needs of social workers in direct work with children.
    Del dicho al Derecho (Hogar de Cristo, Chile 2015 - 2017) - Two year investigation into the residential child care homes owned by Hogar de Cristo and redesign of the new residential family home.
    Procesos iniciales de captación, evaluación, capacitación y derivación para Familias de Acogida Externas (Pro Acogida 2018) - 4 month investigation into the incial processes for foster care in Chile.
    ESTUDIO DE REVISIÓN Y ANÁLISIS DE PROGRAMAS DE FAMILIAS DE ACOGIDA ESPECIALIZADA DE ADMINISTRACIÓN DIRECTA Y COLABORADORES (Cideni, (Unicef) 2019) Colaborating in international research and local analisis of foster care.
    FAMILIAS DE ACOGIDA COMO MEDIO DE CUIDADO ALTERNATIVO EN EL MARCO DE LA NUEVA INSTITUCIONALIDAD DEL SERVICIO NACIONAL DE PROTECCIÓN ESPECIALIZADA (Universidad San Sebastian, 2019) Colaborating with international research on foster care.


    Biographical Info

    I am currently working as a consultant with Unicef Chile supporting the Chilean government in the redesign of foster care and writing the new foster care guidelines. I have been working prior to this in the redesign of residential child care. I am now considering a PhD in which I would like to design a mentoring program for young people leaving care here in Chile.


    Carly Roman

    Psychology, Other
    PhD Candidate
    University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
    carlyrom@usc.edu
    Twitter
    Research Summary

    By creating a measure that will assess older adults’ experiences of and attitudes toward intergenerational connections, I hope to provide a standardized tool to be utilized by intergenerational programs to measure their impact on older adults. My interest in positive psychology, along with my intergenerational volunteer experiences, have also motivated my research efforts to test interventions and create workshops that leverage older adults’ abilities to contribute meaningfully to others’ lives by providing anonymous advice to community members through a “Dear Abby”-style advice column.


    Biographical Info

    I am a 4th year doctoral candidate at the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California. With support from the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program, I research intergenerational connections and the psychological benefits older adults derive from these connections. I am especially passionate about intergenerational connections, as my positive experience with an intergenerational volunteer program in high school, called GlamourGals, enlightened me to the benefits of intergenerational friendships and inspired me to pursue a gerontology PhD. In founding GlamourGals chapters in my high school, my undergraduate institution, and at USC, I have led groups of students in providing complimentary makeovers and manicures to senior home residents in New York, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles.


    Rachel Rubin
    Graduate Student
    Graduate Student
    University of Massachusetts Boston
    rachel.rubin001@umb.edu
    Rahul Sable
    Other
    Public/Social Policy, Social Work
    Program Manager
    Mentor Together
    rahul@mentortogether.org
    Research Summary

    I am planning to study go for PhD in the next two years taking mentorship as a research subject. I am interested to understand the adaptation of a mentoring program in the Public Policy. Designing of the mentoring program which is most cost-effective and more impactful.


    Biographical Info

    I have done Master in Social Work specialized in Children and Families. I have been working with Mentor Together NGO, a pioneer of mentoring movement in Indian and the largest mentoring organization in the country.


    Ana Saldanha
    Faculty Member
    Education/Special Education
    Lecturer, Translator, Mentor
    Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa
    APTRAD
    anasaldanha1983@gmail.com
    Research Summary

    I am currently engaged in spreading the word about Mentoring being a pedagogical tool essential for translators, how can mentoring help to develop non experienced people`s willingness to start a career in translation.


    Biographical Info

    Ana Sofia Saldanha, Portuguese, professional translator, university lecturer and probono mentor. Since 2015 probono mentor in APTRAD (Portuguese Translators`Association) for recently-graduated students in Translation who want to start a career in translation. Since 2015 speaker, Regular, Plenary and Keynote, in conferences regarding Translation Training, Higher Education, Education, Translation regarding the theme: mentoring.
    Since january 2019 I am an Associate Board Member of the International Mentoring Association (IMA) in USA.


    Carol Sandiford
    Researcher
    Psychology
    Research & Evaluation Director
    Raise Foundation
    Monash University
    carol.sandiford@raise.org.au
    Nuno Santos Fernandes
    Other
    Mentor
    Walking Mentorship
    nunosantosfernandes@walkingmentorship.com
    Walking Mentorship
    Research Summary

    Nuno has been investigating the positive impact and strong synergy of doing a structured mentoring program while walking in nature. So far this is a qualitative approach based on the direct observation and the follow-up with the mentees. On a parallel path is the study of the role of mentoring in education.


    Biographical Info

    Nuno graduated in Public Relations and Publicity and started his first business during the degree, immediately feeling the urge to inspire, motivate and help his partners and team members to develop.
    A few years later came a new crossroad - a challenge to run an environmental NGO that strived to reconcile the economic interests of landowners in the Alentejo region with the social and environmental impact they create. This was a way of learning with the stakeholders in the terrain and the scholars, again trying to mediate changes of behaviour.
    In 2009 he enrolled an Advanced Management Program for Executives at Universidade Católica de Lisboa, focusing especially on leadership and people management and motivation.
    A couple of years ago, disgruntled by the lack of real options from the Portuguese political spectrum, Nuno decided to help start a new political party, which he did with a handful of other lone walkers. Nuno is the head of the National Council. The party has already elected one MP.
    Since 2010 Nuno has a keen interest in the subjects of multiple intelligences and the neuro-psychology. Currently Mentoring is his main activity.


    Loïs Schenk
    Graduate Student
    Psychology, Sociology
    PhD-student
    Erasmus University Rotterdam
    l.schenk@essb.eur.nl
    Website
    Research Summary

    My research focuses on the role of social support for vulnerable youths (age 12-27) in general. More specific, I also study the effective use of mentoring programs for these youths using quantitative and qualitative research designs. We bring together scientific research and practice in the Erasmus Urban Youth Lab.


    Biographical Info

    Loïs Schenk, MSc, I graduated in 2012 from Utrecht University in Youth Studies. My professional interest is studying youth issues from multiple perspectives (sociological, pedagogical, and psychological). Since 2015 I have been working as a PhD student at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. In my research on vulnerable youth, I mainly focus on social relations of young people in an urban context.


    Jens Schneider
    Researcher
    Anthropology, Education/Special Education, Ethnography, Other
    Senior Researcher
    Universität Osnabrück
    Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS)
    jeschneider@uos.de
    Biographical Info

    Studies in Anthropology and Musicology at Universität Hamburg and in Ethnic Studies and Linguistics at Universiteit van Amsterdam; PhD in Anthropology at Universität Tübingen in 2000. Research stays in Chile, Berlin and Rio de Janeiro between 1989 and 2003. Between 2004 and 2018 founder and director of the mentoring project Junge Vorbilder (“Young Examples/Role Models”) at an NGO in Hamburg. Since 2005 researcher in the field of Migration Studies with special focus on the European second generation, being affiliated to the Universiteit van Amsterdam until 2011 and the Universität Osnabrück since 2012. Special interests include identities, education and social mobility.


    Linda Searby
    Faculty Member
    Education/Special Education
    Associate Clinical Professor
    University of Florida, USA
    International Mentoring Association Executive Board
    lindasearby@coe.ufl.edu
    International Mentoring Association
    Research Summary

    I research mentoring in several spaces: mentoring new faculty, mentoring new school leaders, the mentoring mindset of mentees. I am the CoEditor of the International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education. I am a co-editor of the forthcoming Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Mentoring (due out October 2019). I have published over 30 peer reviewed articles on the topic of mentoring, and co-authored the book, Best Practices in Mentoring for Teacher and Leader Development.


    Biographical Info

    Dr. Linda Searby is an Associate Clinical Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Florida, where she teaches courses in Leadership and Administration, Curriculum and Supervision, Action Research, School Change, and Mentoring. She is the Co-Editor for the International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education, and a reviewer for several journals in educational leadership. Dr. Searby has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles in mentoring research, specifically on the development of a mentoring mindset in the protégé, as well as conducted numerous presentations and trainings for mentors and protégés, including many in other colleges at University the of Florida. She is co-editor of the books, Best Practices in Mentoring for Teacher and Leader Development (2016), and the Wiley-Blackwell International Handbook of Mentoring (2019). Dr. Searby is a graduate of Lincoln Christian University (B.A.), Eastern Illinois University (M.S.), and Illinois State University (Ph.D). Dr. Searby is a member of the Executive Board of the International Mentoring Association, and was instrumental in bringing the association to its new home at the University of Florida in 2018, and chaired its International Mentoring Conference here in March, 2019. Most recently, Dr. Searby has formed an Affinity Group at UF for faculty and staff who work with mentoring programs across campus.


    Sandra Shelton
    Other
    Education/Special Education
    Professional Speaker
    StrengthBank Inc.
    Sandra A Shelton Corporate Speaking
    sandra.shelton@strengthbank.org
    Sandra A Shelton
    Biographical Info

    https://www.sandrashelton.com/biography.pdf


    Robert Simmons
    Other
    Education/Special Education
    Assistant Director of Mentoring and Inclusion Programs
    Rowan University
    Dr. Harley E. Flack Student Mentoring Program
    simmonsr@rowan.edu
    Francisco Simões
    Researcher
    Education/Special Education, Psychology
    Doctor
    University Institute of Lisbon - ISCTE-IUL
    ISCTE-IUL - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa
    francisco.simoes@iscte-iul.pt
    Website
    Research Summary

    My may main research interest is to understand the situation of youths not in employment, education or training (NEET) in rural areas, namely how informal and formal social support affect the vocational and social development of these youths. My research interests also focus on social determinants of adolescents’ social and educational development, with a particular focus on the role of youth mentoring as a relational context to promote these outcomes.


    Biographical Info

    Ph.D in Psychology (University of Coimbra) Since 2015, I am a researcher and a full member of the Center for Social Research and Intervention at the University Institute of Lisbon (CIS-IUL). Presently, I coordinate the research group Community, Education and Development (CED), at CIS-IUL.

    I authored and co-authored more than twenty international peer-reviewed papers on issues such as adolescents’ social development and well-being, social support, youth mentoring or rural NEETs psychosocial profile.

    I have an experience of over 15 years in project design, implementation and assessment for and with several organizations (Comunidade Intermunicipal da Lezíria do Tejo; Câmara Municipal de Angra do Heroísmo; ISCTE-IUL team responsible for supervising schools included in the Priority Territories for Educational Interventions - TEIP program) funded by private and public organizations.


    Szilvia Simon
    Other
    Other
    Community manager
    European Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring
    s.simon@ecebmentoring.eu
    European Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring
    Twitter
    Biographical Info

    I am community manager of the ECEBM, with more than 700 mentoring professionals from all over Europe, since 2016. With my work i connect mentoring practitioners and researchers, to increase the quality of organizations, to learn from each other and to create stronger mentoring relationship. Together with the field, i advocate for a place of mentoring in the EU governement. I have 20 years of experience as a mentoring practitioner within education, with evidence-based practice. I am also a mentor.


    Jennifer Singleton
    Researcher
    Psychology

    Universität der Bundeswehr München
    j.singleton@unibw.de
    Research Summary

    I am currently researching to what extent single-mothers also benefit from their child receiving formal mentoring.


    Renee Spencer
    Faculty Member
    Social Work
    Professor
    Boston Unversity
    School of Social Work
    rspenc@bu.edu
    Biographical Info

    Renée Spencer is a professor at the Boston University School of Social Work whose research interests include youth mentoring, adolescent development and gender. Much of her research focuses on the relational processes at work in more and less successful youth mentoring relationships. She also studies innovative approaches to mentoring for special populations of young people, including foster care and military-connected youth. She has published widely and serves as a member of several boards and committees, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Research Advisory Council.