Julie Anne Gehring is the director of mentoring and community engagement at Mother Caroline Academy & Education Center, an independent school for girls ages 9-13 from low-income families in Boston, USA. Specializing in parent/guardian/family engagement, she is responsible for a program size of 45 matches. Her other mentoring projects focus on mentor training and helping organizations implement the Elements of Effective Practice into their mentor programs. Since 2015, she has been lecturing at several colleges and universities in the Greater Boston area including UMass Boston, Emerson College and Curry College.
She has created curricula for 200 and 300 level marketing communication courses such as: Social Influence and Compliance Gaining, Corporate Social Responsibility, New Media in Society and Media Relations. In 2017, she received a fellowship grant through the Eurasia Foundation & Social Expertise Exchange to work with Big Brother Big Sisters Moscow and St. Petersburg on best practices in evidence based mentoring. Furthermore, in 2016, she presented at the European Center for Evidence Based Mentoring Summit in the Netherlands. She is passionate not only about her own community, but working together on a global scale to empower youth to transform their community.
At “Mother Caroline Academy and Education Center’s” Mentoring programme located in Boston, Massachusetts (USA) we have seen the longevity between mentor and mentee relationships strengthened as a result of mandatory, interactive training sessions for the mentees, mentors and guardians during the on boarding process.