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Infographic: eMentoring, Expanding the Reach of Mentorship

Student mentoring is proven to be highly effective, but there is a large group of students who need mentoring, a smaller group of people willing to mentor, and an smaller overlap when you factor in cost, time, travel, coordination, and safety issues. eMentoring overcomes key mentoring limitations dramatically increasing the number of people who can effectively mentor. To learn more, check out the eMentoring infographic.

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EINpresswire | 05/20 MENTOR is partnering with Cricket Media to bring CricketTogether to MENTOR’s new Virtual Mentoring Portal to support children age 12 and younger. Through the partnership, the Portal will provide CricketTogether, a safe, guided, and rich curriculum-based correspondence model for virtual mentoring, providing access for existing mentees age 12 and younger and their mentors to continue their relationship while they may be separated due to COVID-19.

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Over the course of the 2019, several of us at Cricket Media had the privilege to serve as working group members on MENTOR’s just published paper on effective best practices for eMentoring. The report is a testament to the growth and tremendous potential for eMentoring. Beyond offering best practices, the report discusses:
  • Reasons for eMentoring’s growing popularity
  • Areas where eMentoring offers clear advantages over in-person models
  • The ability for electronic relationships between mentors and youth to be satisfying, fun and imbued with personality, despite the limitations of communicating digitally.
This blog post highlights 9 key excerpts from the report.
“They’ve given up hope in learning,” Mrs. Jackson told us, describing the 10-year-olds in her Jacksonville, North Carolina class. Many of her students were second language learners, some were homeless, and all were economically disadvantaged. She was seeking a solution that would both educate and motivate her students to see beyond their current world and discover their potential. She lacked role models and adult volunteers willing to come help in her local community. Mrs. Jackson knew that doing this on her own was nearly an impossible task. Then she discovered eMentoring, offered on the CricketTogether platform, free to schools, which connected her with a classful of eMentors from a business located thousands of miles away. Through eMentoring, Mrs. Jackson was able to give every student their own adult eMentor.
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Cricket Media – Follett Corporation | 10/10/19

Cricket Media today announced a new partnership with Follett Corporation, a leading provider of education technology, services and print and digital content, to provide online mentoring services to students at Westchester Intermediate School in Westchester, Illinois. This partnership will use the innovative eMentoring program “CricketTogether” to help Follett accomplish their goal of improving literacy for students from their first day of school through college graduation and beyond.

VolunteerMatch | 01/29/18  

If you told me a few months ago that my fifth-grade classroom’s most reluctant readers would be jumping at the chance to read letters, I wouldn’t have believed you. But that’s exactly what happened, thanks to volunteer mentors…

VolunteerMatch | 01/22/18  

One initiative I championed within my company was Cricket Media’s CricketTogether program. It offered the ideal opportunity to take my professional passion for developing learning content for students of any age and applying it to a specific goal: increasing the reading and critical thinking skills of school-aged children.

VolunteerMatch | 01/15/18  

Along with my eight brothers and sisters, I grew up in a family where both parents worked and there was no time for them to read to us. We were poor, but didn’t really know it. It wasn’t until we saw what other students had that we realized what we did not have….

VolunteerMatch | 01/08/18  

Think back to your own childhood. What made you the person you are today? What shaped your thoughts about yourself, your career options, and your choices? Most of us can point to at least one positive, caring adult — a mentor — who made a meaningful difference in our personal, academic, and professional lives….

Forbes | 08/04/17  

For the past decade, Nina Zolt has been focused on a particular passion: raising literacy and problem–solving skills of low-income kids by connecting them to online pen pals/mentors. In the late 1990’s, she co-founded a nonprofit, which she later turned into a for-profit, now called Cricket Media… 

CRS Wire | 08/02/17  

DETROIT, Aug. 02 /CSRwire/ – This summer Motor City students between third and fifth grade are connecting one-on-one with adult eMentors from around the country. This program, coordinated by Libraries Without Borders and Cricket Media, and implemented in partnership with the Detroit Public Library and Matrix Human Solutions uses the new CricketTogether platform to enhance students’ learning in and out of the classroom… 

CRS Wire | 06/27/17  

MCLEAN, Va., Jun. 27 /CSRwire/ – Cricket Media today launched CricketTogether, a safe, innovative, turnkey eMentoring solution that gives corporate social responsibility leaders a platform for Employee Engagement that offers caring employee volunteers a meaningful opportunity to deliver a compelling educational experience for children and teachers across the country… 

PRWeb | 06/26/17  

Today at ISTE 2017 Cricket Media launched CricketTogether™, a unique, innovative eMentoring platform that helps teachers create independent learners by combining powerful writing tools, compelling content and access to role models. By matching carefully-screened, caring adult role models with students 1:1, CricketTogether creates a safe environment where students get guidance from and build friendships with their eMentors, learn from content that interests them, and receive coaching from their teachers along their learning paths…

Education Dive | By Roger Riddell | 07/7/17  

Game-based learning platforms, eMentoring services and STEM robots caught our eye on the showfloor.

With over 21,000 attendees and exhibitors packing San Antonio’s Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, this year’s International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference was massive. (It’s an assertion backed up by the number of sessions we saw that were so popular they had queue lines in case anyone left.)…

HR Dive | 06/29/17  

MCLEAN, Va., Jun. 27 /CSRwire/ – Cricket Media today launched CricketTogether, a safe, innovative, turnkey eMentoring solution that gives corporate social responsibility leaders a platform for Employee Engagement that offers caring employee volunteers a meaningful opportunity to deliver a compelling educational experience for children and teachers across the country… 

Triple Pundit | 06/27/17  

MCLEAN, Va., Jun. 27 /CSRwire/ – Cricket Media today launched CricketTogether, a safe, innovative, turnkey eMentoring solution that gives corporate social responsibility leaders a platform for Employee Engagement that offers caring employee volunteers a meaningful opportunity to deliver a compelling educational experience for children and teachers across the country… 

TeacherCast.net | By Jeffrey Bradbury | 07/3/17  

This year at ISTE 2017, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Cricket Media to discuss their new eMentoring platform called Cricket Together. With Cricket Together, classroom are able to be pared up with industry professionals in just about any subject based on the students curriculum.  

The platform is currently designed for students in 3rd through 5th grade who are looking to partner up with a mentor who together will spend a year reaching beyond the walls of their traditional classroom…

EDNet Insight | 06/26/17  

Company Invites Teachers To Apply To Teach with CricketTogether, a Learning Environment with Powerful Writing Tools, Compelling Content and Teacher-Mediated, 1:1 Relationships with eMentors  

SAN ANTONIO – June 26, 2017 – Today at ISTE 2017 Cricket Media launched CricketTogether, a unique, innovative eMentoring platform that helps teachers create independent learners by combining powerful writing tools, compelling content and access to role models…

Education Talk Radio | 06/27/17  

Our good friends from LWolfe and Associates prowling the ISTE conference for us to bring news of products and services from San Antonio…

District Administration | 06/26/17  

Company Invites Teachers To Apply To Teach with CricketTogether, a Learning Environment with Powerful Writing Tools, Compelling Content and Teacher-Mediated, 1:1 Relationships with eMentors  

SAN ANTONIO – June 26, 2017 – Today at ISTE 2017 Cricket Media launched CricketTogether, a unique, innovative eMentoring platform that helps teachers create independent learners by combining powerful writing tools, compelling content and access to role models…

ISTE 2017 Coverage | By Leila Meyer | 06/29/17  

Cricket Media has introduced CricketTogether, an e-mentoring platform connecting students with carefully screened adult role models. The announcement was made at the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) conference in San Antonio, TX.  

Cricket Media has partnered with companies whose employees can volunteer to mentor a student in grades 3 to 5. The e-mentor and student each read a Cricket Media article independently. The students then discuss the article with their classmates. And finally, the e-mentor and student exchange online letters about the topic…