How three nonprofits are connecting kids with diverse mentors during the pandemic

Mimi Ito, director of the UCI Connected Learning Lab writes, “Our research at the Connected Learning Lab on engaged and interest-driven learning has demonstrated that young people thrive when connected to communities of interest, mentors and peers who share passions and purpose. … I hope leaders will not forget the value of the online connections that sustained us during the dark days of 2020. The online world offers an opportunity not only for continuity of traditional educational objectives, but also of expanding our possibilities to connect and inspire.”