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  • 00:30

    Meeting the Challenges of Youth Through Mentoring Programs

    in Training

     


    Today's youth face many challenges, both old and new. How can mentoring programs help leverage those challenges into opportunities?


    Consider the problems of gambling and substance misuse, which are prevalent among young people. For instance, 17% of youth reported gambling 52 or more times in the past year, and the same percentage of youth drank five or more drinks on 12 or more days in the past year, according to a recent study in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.


    The Journal noted that 10% of youth reported having three or more gambling problems in the past year, and 15% of young people reported having three or more alcohol problems.


    On Thursday, August 6, I will discuss this topic with my guest Dr. Jim Kooler. Jim’s career has focused on helping youth become active leaders and resources in their communities. He is the administrator of the California Friday Night Live Partnership, the highly successful youth engagement program that is widely regarded as a landmark state-mentoring program. He has also served as deputy director of the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs and director of the Governor’s Mentoring Partnership in California. Jim holds a BA in psychology and a Masters and Doctorate in Public Health from UC Berkeley.


    If you wish to learn more about Jim Kooler's work, visit the California Mentoring Partnership website at www.camentoringpartnership.org, email him at jimk@tcoe.org, or call him at 559-733-6496 ext. 1263.

  • 00:32

    Closing the "Opportunity Gap" Through Mentoring Programs

    in Training

    How is it that some people wind up on top of the social heap and others wind up on the bottom? This question, which sociologists refer to as social mobility, has been studied for decades. Recently, the prominent sociologist Robert Putnam has published a new book that examines social mobility, income equality and the American Dream.


    What he uncovers is disturbing. Putnam says that social mobility is poised to plunge in the years ahead, shattering the American Dream.


    Why is this so and what can be done about it?


    On Friday, May 29, at 9:00 a.m. (PDT) I will be discussing this topic with my guest Mary Fernandez, the President of MentorNet, a division of Great Minds in STEM™. MentorNet implements a national, guided, one-to-one mentoring program that matches STEM students with STEM professionals in high-quality, virtual mentorships. By the way, STEM is the acronym for science, technology, engineering and math.


    This podcast is produced in cooperation with the University of Massachusetts at Boston's Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring and Vince Reardon. 

  • 00:16

    Empowering Mentors through Software

    in Art

    Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, once said, “I was lucky to be involved and get to contribute to something that was important, which is empowering people with software.”


    Today’s guest is Nic Chambers, Vice President of Business Development for Chronus, a company that develops and markets software solutions in mentoring, coaching, and new-hire training programs. Nic will discuss with host Vince Reardon how Chronus software solutions empower mentoring in business, education, and non-profit organizations.

  • 00:30

    Thanking the Mentors in Your Life

    in Training

    Several years ago a dear friend and mentor of mine died suddenly. I never got a chance to tell him how important he was to me. I am not alone. Many people never get around to thanking the people who made a major difference in their lives.


    Walter Green is not one of them. He never has to worry about expressing gratitude to those who had an impact in his life. Over the course of one year, Green traveled around the country on a "Journey of Gratitude" and thanked 44 men and women who gave him a helping hand at various stages of his life. He said he wanted to tell these men and women how much they mattered to him before anyone’s health or life was compromised and the opportunity slipped away.


    For 25 years Green was the Chairman and CEO of Harrison Conference Services, a leading conference center management company. Since selling his company, he has mentored young adults and is actively involved in several non-profit organizations. He lives with his wife Lola in San Diego.


    Join me on Thursday, June 11 from 10:00-10:30 a.m. (PDT) as I talk to Walter Green about thanking the mentors in your life.


     


     


     

  • 00:28

    Create a Circle of Mentors for Success in Business and Life

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    When you look at your career in today’s job market, experts say there are at least four key issues you must pay attention to: 1) job mobility, 2) globalization, 3) technology, and 4) the pace of change.


    Career experts say that to keep on track you need a steady job and a robust social network. But today’s guest, Wendy Murphy, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Management at Babson College, says you need something more to grow your career. You need to build strategic relationships at work. Specifically, you need to create a circle of mentors, sponsors and peers to be more successful at work and in life.


    In addition to her teaching duties, Dr. Murphy serves as the Coordinator for Mentoring Programs through the Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership. She is also the co-author of “Strategic Relationships at Work: Creating Your Circle of Mentors, Sponsors, and Peers for Success in Business and Life.” Her research appears in a variety of prestigious scholarly journals.

  • 00:38

    Excellence in Teaching & Learning

    in Education

    Education expert Bobbi DePorter - Co-founder of SuperCamp & President of Quantum Learning Network (QLN), along with co-author Barbara K. Given Ph.D., discuss their new book 'Excellence in Teaching & Learning: The Quantum Learning System’. This book demonstrates how the integration of the Brain’s Natural Learning Systems with the Quantum Learning System creates an impact that transforms the way teachers teach and students learn. This comprehensive approach empowers teachers to achieve the desired goal that students leave high school prepared for success in college and career with strong character and citizenship traits.

    Mark Reardon - QLN's Chief Learning Officer, and Jeff Miller - QLN's Education Manager, also join conversation to discuss the 8 Keys of Excellence Character Education Program that guides young people toward a positive future full of confidence, motivation, creativity, team work, leadership and valuable life principles.

    This interview originally aired on June 12, 2015, as part of Big Blend Radio's Quality oif Life show that broadcasted live from the Quantum Learning Network Conference Center in Oceanside, California.

  • 00:26

    Empowering Women Through Mentoring Relationships

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    Here are some sobering statistics I will discuss with my guest Alison Martin-Books:



    57% of women are targeted for workplace bullying.
    Women make up 51% of the U.S. population but only hold 16% of seats in Congress.
    Only 2% of women think they’re beautiful.
    A girl is bullied every 7 minutes on the playground or in the classroom.
    90% of women want to change at least one aspect of their physical appearance.  


    Alison Martin-Books, the founder of the Mentoring Women’s Network, will explain how mentoring women can empower them at work and in school.


    The Mentoring Women's Network is a national nonprofit organization that supports mentoring programs for women. In addition, the organization has created a proprietary training and software program to aid in the matching and scheduling of mentors and protégés. Alison is also the author of “Landing on My Feet: Learning to Lead Through Mentoring." 

  • 01:38

    Dan Reardon, Laurie Davis & Thomas Edwards

    in Entertainment

    BlazinRy host Ryan Holmes welcomes singer / songwriter Dan Reardon, eFlirt expert Laurie Davis & the Professional Wingman Thomas Edwards. Michelle Kinney co-hosts.

  • 00:46

    Red Fez Radio visits with Frank Reardon

    in Entertainment

    Writer/activist Frank "Google" Reardon shares his opinions and predictions regarding the 2012 Presidential race.

  • 00:14

    Snohomish County Washington Corruption

    in Politics

    Residents of Snohomish County are pleased to announce that a Recall for Snohomish County Prosecutor Mark Roe will be filed within the week.   Reason, misappropriation of public funds.