Previously known as the Mentoring Institute, the Greater Bridgeport Mentoring Collaborative has been active since 2009. Currently the following mentoring programs are members: ACE Mentor Program, Family ReEntry, Norwalk Mentor Program, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Connecticut, Child & Family Guidance Center, CommPACT, School Volunteer Association of Bridgeport, Stratford School-Based Mentoring Programs, Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport, J-Connect, LifeBridge Community Services, 100 Girls Leading Inc, CT Institute for Refugees and Immigrants (CIRI), Humans Services Council, Color a Positive Thought, Volunteerism, Supportive Housing Works, Housatonic CC and the Bridgeport Public Education Fund.
The Governor's Prevention Partnership assumed the role as convener and facilitator for the Greater Bridgeport Mentoring Collaborative at the request of the Mentoring Institute. The Collaborative works to design infrastructures to manage accountability; increase access and dialogue between mentoring programs, referral sources, and other service providers; utilize research-based quality standards (The Elements of Effective Practice) to increase capacity and fidelity of mentoring programs; and, develop specialized program offerings and trainings to increase positive outcomes for youth. Ultimately, the goal of the Greater Bridgeport Mentoring Collaborative is to serve more local youth with quality youth mentoring programs.
The Collaborative is the longest running of the urban mentoring hubs facilitated by The Partnership. Its members enjoy the networking capabilities and feeling of connectedness they experience by being a part of the Collaborative. Creating a support network around these frontline mentoring providers helps them to stay engaged and connected and contributes to the longevity of their service. These providers act as ambassadors for not only the Collaborative, but also for area mentoring programs. Their willingness to share their expertise, as