Author Archives: Maria Paschke

About Maria Paschke

In her role as Quality and Training Manager, Maria Paschke manages participant progress in the Quality Mentoring Assessment Path (QMAP®) and training in quality practices to mentoring program staff. Before joining MPM, Maria worked in fund development, database administration, and communications at the Minnesota Council of Churches. She has also served as a CTEP AmeriCorps Member to empower community members in technology literacy and as a Work Readiness Trainer for youth through the STEP UP Summer Jobs Program. Maria is a graduate of Macalester College where she studied Political Science and Urban Studies. There she had the opportunity to create long-term relationships with youth and their families as a volunteer in PPL’s Family Literacy Program.

Staff Spotlight: MPM’s Director of Program Services, Carolyn Scherer

If you have completed an NMRC project lately, you have likely benefited from the wealth of knowledge Carolyn Scherer, MPM’s Director of Program Services, brings on the topic of quality mentoring practices. This Staff Spotlight gets to know our newest … Continue reading

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Quality Corner: What Does Youth-Initiated Mentoring Mean for Mentoring Programs?

Only 4% of youth 8-18 had a formal mentor according to The Mentoring Effect. Most young people access mentorship through teachers, school counselors, coaches, and neighbors. Formal mentoring programs are unable to serve every child and may not reach every … Continue reading

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Quality Corner: Go-To Blogs and Newsletters for Mentoring Programs

Quality Corner is a monthly space for MPM to share new research, resources, and ideas for program quality and development. These posts can range from a new perspective to think about and discuss with your staff to a helpful resource or … Continue reading

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Keeping Kids SAFE: Oprah’s Conversation with Child Predators

Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota (MPM) staff recently spent an afternoon watching Oprah Winfrey interview four men who have molested children about their motivations and methods. Following this unique, in-depth interview with four child predators, Oprah stated her primary take-away from … Continue reading

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