February 2018

2018 01 31

Dear Nightingale friends, new year, new semester…best wishes to all of you!

The Nightingale Day the 24th of February is approaching…


We hope you all will celebrate our International  Nightingale Day, as usual!
Please send photos or other from your celebration things you would like o share with others on our webpage.
Here is is a PDF-file uploaded on the website you can use on your webpages or as a poster.

Greetings from partner

Nightingale Switzerland

We have started very well with our new group of Nightingale-pairs. 10 students and 10 children are on their way exploring new things. Best wishes for coming winter season! Mireille, Nightingale Switzerland.

Nightingale Kristianstad and Nightingale Malmö
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A day for the University and municipality in Kristianstad to be able know more about the benefits, the research and the implementation of the Nightingale local, national and international.

New network fee 2018-19

We hope you agree the network provides several benefits to the members, above all it will provide a forum for discussions, and exchange of experiences within the area of mentoring in general and issues specific to the Nightingale concept. The network will facilitate cooperation between the participants which will improve the general quality of the Nightingale concept.
Please read more about the benefits here.

Malmö University will send each partner in the network an invoice in the beginning of March for a new Network membership from the 1 of April 2018 – end of March 2019. Please read more here about the benefits etc.



Youth mentoring is rapidly expanding across Europe: here´s one reason

By Jean Rhodes, Òscar Prieto-Flores, & Justin Preston

The U.S. continues to account for the largest proportion of mentoring interventions in the world, but many new programs and networks have begun to emerge in Europe and have experienced significant population growths due to immigration. For example, the percentage of foreign-born population has especially increased in many countries in the 2005-2015 period reaching 18% in Sweden and Austria, 16% in Norway and Germany, 13% in Belgium and 12% in Spain and the Netherlands (EUROSTAT, 2017). This influx of immigrants and refugees has spurred a range of reactions in European citizenry and policy, including both panic and compassion

In the forthcoming cross-continental comparison, Jean, Oscar and Justin found that almost half of mentoring programs in the U.S. were established between 1989-1999, whereas, on the European side, growth was in step with immigration and refugee arrivals and have often been implemented in response to the challenges of poverty and inequality and as a means of preventing problem behaviors and outcomes.
Read more here 


You will always find new research uploaded on the page “Research & Development”. This month  an article is uploaded about: “Mentoring At-Risk Youth: an Examination of Strain and Mentor Response Strategies”.



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We are the news for the day in the Government Office of Sweden webpage,
the 22th of December 2017

Please read more about: “Nightingale mentoring program me spreads its wings in Malmö”

or look at the Governments page at Facebook 



November and December Newsletter

2017 11 22

Dear Nightingale friends,

I hope all of you are fine and I hope  your Nightingale year has begun as good as usual.
This newsletter will be a little longer but is loaded with lots of interesting things! So please read it carefully.
For example we will, from now on, have an interview of one of our partners aiming to get to know each other a little better, but also learn from each other. This time it will be a presentation of Natalia Tajadura Arizaleta from Pamplona. But as usual there will be some news from partners too and some other interesting things.


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The 26th of October Pamplona arranged a Conference:
MENTORIA SOCIAL- Una propuesta para la inclusión, cohesión y participación social. 

PhD, Lucia Martinez Virto, from the Navarra University had an interesting lecture about inclusion and exclusion and Carina was also invited and delivered a lecture: How Universities can contribute to a more equal and sustainable society 

Partner presentation and interview with Natalia 

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How and when did you start your Nightingale mentoring program?

I work in the Social Action Unit of Public University of Navarra since 2005 and my colleagues and me run different programs like health promotion, gender equality and social orientation….

Since 2009 I was asked to start with interculturality issues. Then I started to study a new project for the University and found social mentoring as a possible one. I had the opportunity to visit Malmö and was lucky to met Carina. She told me everything about Nightingale and when I was back to my University I set up Nightingale here in Pamplona with Oscar and Jordi’s help. These two professors from University of Girona give a very good orientation. Carina, Oscar and Jordi were my mentors in that time!

What inspired you to become involved in this field?

Pamplona is a little town where different identities live together but they don’t get mixed in many cases. I feel that university students should know how the society is and learn about solidarity, interculturality….., if they want to be good economist, teachers, engineering, nurses… . Also the University mission it is to contribute to social improve so we must do something from this institution.
To meet the “ others” and to practice all the social values mentoring could be a good formula.

Any key aspects why you have succeed and continue with the program?

I feel that mentoring gives the people the opportunity to meet together and this contribute to disappear the differences and to “build bridges” in common. I think University must be an institution to promote all these things. Every year when Nightingale finishes I look to the whole group of participants I look at the children and mentor’s faces, the families….they seem to be so happy, they feel lucky to take part on it…..and I think, “it’s worth to continue… .”
Every year when nightingale finishes I look to the whole group of participants I look the children and mentor’s faces, the families….they seem to be so happy, they feel lucky to take part on it…..and I think, “it’s worth to continue… .”

What did you learn from the mentors/mentees about their involvement?

At the beginning when somebody explain them what the Nightingale is they don’t figure out so well what this project works…… they need to have the experience that’s why it’s so important to know other mentors to get some information “face to face”.

Although Nightingale is planned project gives the opportunity to mentors and mentees to contribute to express their selves, their creativity, ideas, activities….every year a big team of different people take part to develop the mentoring idea and all of us make it possible. We need “every pieces of this team” to practice mentoring.

Mentors the more involvement in the project the more fun and knowledge. Most of them “grow up” during the mentoring year and “get competence for living”. Also they feel nice because they have the opportunity to contribute in a social way and they feel part of a big family although most of the times they do their mentoring in pairs. This makes them to be happy.

Mentees get more involvement in the project if from the school they get support and if their families believe in nightingale.
Somebody cares of them and when they feel a mentor as a confidence figure they open their hearts.

What did they learn?

In general they get emotional and social skills and which is more important self-estem. Nightingale gives them more confidence and welfare and this is so important to face their lifes.

Mentors especially learn that they could be contribute in the society and this is so important and also to be a mentor give them an opportunity to develop in a personal way.

What is the prime benefit and problems of the program? Any visions?

Not this year, maybe in the future….who knows.

What is the prime benefit of cooperating in the Nightingale Network?

Network gives “ strength” to our projects and a local Nightingale turns into a common project. Also the network helps me to think about mentoring and to improve the work that I do.



I, Carina have been in Ghana the 3rd of November to the 12th of November, 2017  after having a long contact with David, a  headmaster in Accra who has showed a big interest in the Nightingale program. We discussed the possibility for me to go there and have lectures and workshop and help them to start a Nightingale program.
I then got funds from Malmö University and I could deliver lecture at Ashesi University and Winneba University. But also visit local schools in Ghana.
We have discussed how to implement the Nightingale program in the Ghana context and I am very hopeful that Nightingale Ghana will start in October 2018 as a cooperation between Ashesi University and one local school “Amasaman school”.

Some photos: at Amasaman school and at Ashesi University

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 David, the Nightingale coordinator

After I returned back too Sweden David wrote: 
” …..In fact, your coming to Ghana had been a blessing in my attempt to bring Nightingale mentoring to Ghana.
I thank you for all the materials you gave me, the encouragement and other people in the different organizations we visited to solicit for funds. I know had it not been for you they  would not have agreed to our proposal for fund.
Thank you for helping me to be part of the Nightingale family.
Extend my greetings to the rest of the family members.


A wish from our Catalan partners in Girona, Jordi and Oscar:
Please support us!

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Read more what they have to say, on our page “Network and partner News
or Click here 


News from Barcelona:
Those days we are working hard to start our project with 61 mentoring pairs in 14 school, we have celebrated 2 initial party yesterday and tuesday, and we have the last party in Barcelona today, and the next week, the party in Sant Adrà del Besós, a city next to Barcelona where we gonna do the project for the first time.




Some weeks ago we  got great news at Malmö University. We have receive money/funds from Malmö University to look for a PHD-researcher who can make a bigger application, looking for a PhD candidate who can make a dissertation about Nightingale. Could be an opening for all of us!

Master thesis  by Verena Kofler

This study investigated the question of how short- and long-term outcomes can be measured by an impact assessment on the mentoring program ‘Nightingale’, focusing on two of its main objectives: the increase of the educational motivation and the strengthening of self-esteem.
The work presents the possibilities and limitations regarding planning and hypothetical implementation of a long-term impact analysis in the field of social economy.
You can read more about it on our page “Research and development”  Read more here
Any questions please mail to: koflerverena@hotmail.com

Another interesting research about: Mentoring for first generation Immigrant and Refugee Youth

Were one of the result of this research is:
Both formal and informal mentoring may be beneficial for facilitating acculturation and social integration to the new country and promoting academic and school engagement.

Please always look  at page “Research and development” where you can find more research


Next Nightingale Conference will probably be held in Bodö, Norway preliminary date is the 10,11 and 12 th of October.
We are already looking forward to this!


I hope you will all get a Nice Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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September Newsletter

2017 09 13

Dear Nightingale friends,

hope you have had a nice summer and are back with lot of new energy!
We all agreed we had a very good network meeting with fruitful discussions at our network meeting in Barcelona and also a very interesting well-prepared Conference.

…however it was so very sad to hear about the terror-attac, very short after we come home from Barcelona.It is with empathy and grief we feel for those who were affected.


New semester and a new Nightingale year
Hope you will have a successful recruitment and get a lots of new good mentors to match all  our applying children with!
Wish for the best. Let´s get at least 1000 pairs together!

New semester also means new board members. We would like to welcome our Norwegian partner from Bodö, Marit Tveraabak  as our new member. She will also be the host for our 8th Nightingale Conference.
We will of course also take the opportunity to thank our partners from Island being the board member for two years.


We also want to say a BIG  thank you to Margrit Burri, member in the Network since 2006  and one of our partners working at the school with Nightingale. We have been so happy having you with us – as a voice from the school. Wish you the best for your pension!

Sabrina Rüfenacht
We would like to welcome Sabrina Rüfenacht, our new  member from the participating school in Zug, Switzerland. She is writing:

“My name is Sabrina Rüfenacht, I am 28 years old and I take over the position of Margrit Burri as coordinator at the school of Guthirt in Zug (Switzerland). I work there as a primary school teacher. At 14.09.2017 we already started with the first coaching at the university. I am very happy to be part of this wonderful project and I am looking forwards to meeting you all.”



Pamplona will hold a Conference the 26th of October- La mentora Social – Una propuesta para la inclusión, cohesión y participación social, at University of Navarra (Universidad Pública de Navarra)
We will load up the program as soon as it has been finished.



Pamplona has made two very  nice short-films about the Nightingale program: 
one of the films is with mentors and another with staff telling about the importance for a society to run a Nightingale program. One of the films you can see on the webpage
Unfortunately the other one unfortunately I had problems with to upload but we will try again or to find a new way to be able to do so.


New partners

We also would like to say a warm welcome to a new partner in the network Àngels Oliveras who we met in the Barcelona Conference. She is  working as a citizen integration coordinator at the Town Council of Caldes de Montbui, of about 17.000 inhabitants, some 30 km away from Barcelona.

She is writing that ever since 2000 a significant amount of people from different countries have been arriving to Caldes de Montbui in search of a better future. These are immigrant workers mainly coming from Mali, Senegal, Gambia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia, Morocco and Romania. After a few years they bring their families through family reunification measures. In order to accompany the integration process of their children and thus reduce isolation and the risk of possible social exclusion, the Town Council of Caldes de Montbui decided to start a Mentoring Program for such children,..
She will make a project presentation in our next coming Newsletter.



As you probably know Malmö University will have a University status 2018, which also means more money to research.  We are happy to inform you that our Nightingale/Näktergalen, Malmö  have got research money to make a research-application. We will let you know more as soon as we know more. It might be  be an interesting opportunity /possibility to make an even  bigger research together. Cross your fingers!


A research from december 2016:

“Mentoring for first-generation immigrant and refugee youth”, by Ashmeet K.Oberoi, University of Miami. Would maybe be interesting for those who have involved refugees?

This review examines research on mentoring for first-generation immigrant and refugee youth and is organized around four aspects of mentoring for these youth—its documented effectiveness, factors conditioning effectiveness, intervening processes for linking mentoring to outcomes, and the extent of reach and engagement and the quality of implementation of mentoring programs. The research reviewed, although limited in scope, provides the basis for some preliminary conclusions about mentoring as provided to this population of youth.

read more about it by clicking here: ImmigrantRefugeeYouth_Population_Review



June Newsletter

2017 06 21

Dear Nightingale friends


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First of all the BIGGEST thanks to the Barcelona team for arranging this very nice and interesting 7th Nightingale Conference,“Opportunities in mentoring: Education 360°.

I think partners agree that this conference gave us opportunities to learn, explore and get new insight. But also to network with others! The very quick evaluation also showed that all participants seemed to be very satisfied.

I also want to thank you,  all Nightingale partners, who participated in the network meeting, Wednesday the 14th.  I am very happy for the fruitful discussions we had and the feed-back you gave.

The Minutes  from this network meeting is uploaded on the website or here . Please read them!

The 7th Nightingale Conference the 15th of June 


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Miquel Àngel Essomba (Responsible of Education and University Department)



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Key note speakers the 15th of June was:

Begoña Román,
theme: Education beyond formal or regulated studies. Perspective of mentees


Antoni Giner, themeMentorship as a complement to the training of university students. Lifelong learning

One debate was held between different agents who promotes mentoring (universities, families, mentors and children)


Three workshops was also held : 

1. Mentoring app 

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Power point presentation  of the Mentor app

2. Positive effects of mentoring: impact study by Spora Sinergies
Powerpoint presentation of the Evaluation 

3. The effects of mentoring through a sociological perspective. A study on Nightingale Malmöby Morgan Deumier, coordinator in Nightingale Malmö, Sweden
Power point presentation    and Morgans Bachelor thesis

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Conference day 2, the 16th of June, Experience and knowledge in developing mentoring programs for young people

Two workshop was held:

1.Our experiences as mentors in the Mentor Habilitats project Mentor Habilitats
by Conxi Pérez and Betty Navarro       Powerpoint presentation 

2.Projecte Referents  by Punt de Referència
Referent presentation


Next Nightingale Conference, the 8th

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The flag was submitted solemnly from Barcelona, Spain to Norway!

Interesting Research?
Do youth mentoring programs change the perspectives and improve the life opportunities of at risk youth  by Núria Rodríguez-Planas, Germany

The researcher found positive but modest effects, especially for females, the most disadvantaged or at-risk youths. The results however vary depending on the characteristic of the individuals involved and the quality of the relationships formed between mentors and mentees And the researcher means that studies and data collection need to focus on a broad spectrum of life outcomes (including non-cognitive skills) over a long period of time. Only with that kind of information, she says it will be possible to disentangle outcomes and answer the following questions: Do the short-term changes generated by mentoring programs persist, or do they fade over time? Do they translate into longer-term payoffs, as measured by different life achievements?

Summer greetings 

Carina och LivThank you for your believes, your passion and your deep devotion to mentoring – mentoring is our opportunities to create a better world – our way to stand up for the open society and our democratic values.
Mentoring is the best concrete example of integration – let people who otherwise would not met meet and learn, get knowledge and develop. It is  also the best opportunity for our society to build bridges instead of fences and walls.
I am so grateful for all the opportunities I have been given by meeting you all and cooperate with you.
Thank you!

I wish you a very nice summer!

April Newsletter

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Dear Nightingale friends,

it is approaching to our Network Meeting in the Barcelona the 14th of June at 4 o´clock and our 7th International Nightingale Conference “Opportunities in mentoring: educating 360” the 15th – 16th of June. We are very much looking forward meeting you all again!
Notice there are some changes the 16th, where we will have experience and knowledge in developing mentoring programs (all information about this you will find on the blog).

One advice to all of you: if you haven´t spread it please do so. It will be a better Conference and we will have more possibility to spread our program.

News from partners
Evidence based mentoring in Europe 

The European Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring, (The Nightingale in Malmö and our international network is now also member of this network) have had a “Mentoring Meet and Match”  in Brussel on 11-12th of April were Carina participated. This event was aiming the opportunity to show the effect of mentoring for future’s youth in Europe, and at the same time to discuss critical issues facing Europe’s young people.

One reflection and nice thing is that our Nightingale program now is very well-known. A lot of participant have already heard about us.. We have been successful in spreading, thanks to you all, but not only this,  it is know as a well-function program. Not only by different organizations but also in a broder view, different EU context. One good example was when one EU commissioner showed the platform School education gateway…there on first page it was written about our program: The Nightingale mentoring program.I (Carina)was surprised because I didn´t know the platform existed nor did I know what was written there.

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was to connect to representatives of EU decision and policy making and talk about the current focus in terms of European challenges and Europe2020 strategy. I, Carina took the possibility to write to all Swedish delegates in EU and got one invitation where she had the possibility to talk about the Nightingale program. He was very positive and at least now it is known and can be spread further.


Evidence based Mentoring in USA:
Oscar our Rossinyol partner from Girona, Spain in USA

Oscar is in USA meeting Jean Rhodes who is a youth Mentoring Ressearcher and also the director of the  Center for Evidence based Mentoring at U Mass Boston 
Oscar is writing a paper comparing youth mentoring in US and in Europe with Jean and Justin (who is a graduate student in the center).
We are of course very much looking forward to hear more about this and send many good luck greetings to him from us.
Here you can read more about Jean Rhodes who have written a lot of books about mentoring.

Nightingale Uganda

You have already got a nice Newsletter from Andrew about the Nightingale program in Uganda and the progress. Since there are a lot of information and nice photos etc. you can also download it here
We all know the Uganda partners have limited resources but are happy to see what they have succeeded. We wish them the best and good luck!


April Newsletter

2017 04 03

Dear Nightingale friends,

it is getting closer to our Conference in Barcelona. We hope you have spread it in your own network so lot of participants will come.
We are very much looking forward seeing you all in Barcelona but also meet and have fruitful discussion on our Network Meeting the 14th.

The Network meeting and the Conference in Barcelona

For our network meeting we have been invited to the Barcelona work place in Sant Antoni Abat, Ronda Sant Pau, 76 Wednesday the 14th at 4 o´clock. After the meeting we will have e a guided tour s but also a dinner in the evenig which will be included in the Conference fee.
The Conference will be at UPC Escola dÉnginyeria de Barcelona Est. You will find all information on the blog, Click on the right side, folder “2017 Barcelona Confrerence”.

News from partners:Iceland

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The Child Welfare fund has operated the Mentor programme in Iceland since 2001.
In autumn of 2016 the Child welfare fund ceased operating the programme and the Social Work Department at the University of Iceland took over the running of the programme.

Five students at the University participated in the programme in the school year 2016 – 17. In addition to the university, two upper secondary colleges in Reykjavik also offer the programme; Kvennaskóli, which has eleven mentor pairs, and Menntaskólinn with Hamrahlið which has seven mentor pairs.
Thus, a total of twenty-three children took part in the programme in the 2016 – 17 school year from four grammar schools in Reykjavík. The students were aged between 7 – 10 years old.

The programme operates in such a way that the pairs meet once a week for three hours at a time, from the beginning of October until the end of April.

The supervisors of the programme have cooperated well over the winter and have collaborated on many aspects related to the programme, i.e., securing free entry into the Reykjavík swimming pool and local museums, which has been an asset for the mentor pairs.

All the mentors and children in the programme were invited to attend two of the most prominent theatres in the city, the National Theatre and the City Theatre, which was greatly appreciated.

The programme has gone very well over the last school year and the mentors and the children have done many enjoyable things together including a presentation of the work done by the rescue squad, taking part in orientation games in Reykjavik and horse riding.

The coordinators of the programme from the three school levels in Iceland plan to attend the conference in Barcelona. Sigrún, Björk and Harpa.

News from partners:  Ruiseñor/Urretxindorra Program       

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On March the 15th, the 22th and 30th, we realized guided tours in the Real Sociedad Museum and Stadium. The Foundation of our town’s soccer team, Real Sociedad, is one of the nine collaborators of the mentoring project Ruiseñor/Urretxindorra and one of the activities they propose us is group guided tours to, on one side, the team’s history museum and, on the other side, to the football pitch and in the team’s facilities (dressing rooms, press room, ecc).

We realized three different guided tours, sharing the 28 mentoring couples in smaller groups, in order to promote more participation of mentors and mentees y make viable the tour.
People participating had been really satisfied with the activity realized.

Research article:

Motivation by Positive or Negative Role Models: Regulatory Focus Determines Who Will Best Inspire Us By Penelope Lockwood, University of Toronto and Christian H. Jordan and Ziva Kunda, University of Waterloo

These researcher demonstrated that individuals are motivated by role models who encourage their own/different concerns.Promotion-focused individuals, who favor a strategy of pursuing desirable outcomes and where participants’ academic motivation was increased by goal matching role models but decreased by goal congruent role models.
Read more here 

Interview with the researcher Oscar from Girona:
Please read more here 

Next newsletter will include news from the Nightingale in Uganda.

The 24th of February we celebrate the International Nightingale Day

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All around Europe and Africa we have more than 1000 mentors that every week meet a child- meetings were mutual learning takes place, where knowledge about each other develop and where you get access to each other´s world.
Click here to load down a flyer 

The Nightingale/SOS Racism made a video at the from their concert they organised at the International Day. A successful event! The performance:
a girl who sings who really fell in love with the project and always sings in all their mentoring feasts.
a mentor from last year.
in the third group, the one who plays the guitar is a mentor from this year.
 Click here to see the video

At the International Nightingale Day the 24th of February:
“Rossinyol- mentors from Universidad Pública de Navarra!

February newsletter with news from Austria

2017 02 07

Dear Nightingale friends,


The board has had their fist meeting this year and we are happy to inform our decision.

The Nightingale Network meeting  will be held in Barcelona at the 14th June: at 16h – 18h.
The Conference will be at the 15th June – 16th of June, from  9:00h and end at 13h ( the 16th).

This  means we will have 1,5 days Conference to be able to get more registration outside our own network.
At the first day of the conference there will be some workshops in the afternoon where you also have the possibility to contribute. However we cannot cover any expenses.

The Barcelona partners are working with a Blog – when it is ready you will have the opportunity to register and read more about the conference agenda , accommodation, transport and other activities to do in Barcelona.  Now it is your turn to spread the news about the date to your network

Nightingale Austria


Dear Nightingale – friends all over Europe!

Here are some news from Nightingale in Austria. It consists of Nightingale Vienna, coordinating also activities in the cities Graz and Salzburg. And Linz started first in 2004 as many of you know.

In Nightingale Vienna since 2010 we have been able to raise the yearly number of couples to more than 170. So together with Linz, Nightingale Austria involves around 200 couples this year. More than hundred we´ve organised in Vienna. Vienna has around 120.000 students so you can say one of thousand students runs through the Nightingale programme J. In Nightingale Vienna is granted by the Fedaral Ministries of Integration and Education. But it´s always only granted for one year so we have to apply yearly.

It might surprise you, but in Vienna, Graz and Salzburg Nightingale ist not only an opportunity for teacher students or students of educational sciences. Since the start in 2010 we were involving students from all kinds of studies, even economy-students or technical students get the possibility to try to work with children in this way. Currently there´s one student from a Fashion College and one from a Medical Assistant Education (which is like a college in Vienna). Only a third of our student are teacher students (qualified to teach in primary or secondary schools). Many students come from Psychology, Language studies or Sociology, Cultural Studies and so on.

Why does it work? A recent research done by the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Vienna brought out – very interesting and surprinsingly – that students from non-education-studies are as successful and skilled as mentors as student in a pedagogical educations. Very often they are even more motivated to learn and make experiences with children because the haven´t done it so much in their lives.
A second outcome of this survey, done by master students is, that children from third countries (Turkey, Iran, Iraque, Syria, Russia, Chechnya, Moldawia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, aso) benefit significantly more in learning better German. We will show more details in the meeting in Barcelona in June …

And as you will we are getting a lot of really nice feedback from our Mentors at the end of the programme. Here´s one:

“In the programm I´ve been shown, how in really short time a child can learn from an adult to improve his/her language skills and also personality skills, like self confidence. I recognized the difference it makes to concentrate on only one child with all possibilities to foster a child´s interests and how to approach to strenghten a child´s personality … (Katherina, teacher student, 2016)
Contact:Günther Leeb, guenther.leeb@kinderfreunde.at, find us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Nightingale2016/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel


Interesting article about the effect of mentoring

The University of Massachusetts at Boston psychology professor Jean Rhodes, one leading experts on mentoring sais: if you talk to successful people about what made a difference in your lives, “it often comes down to the involvement of a caring adult over time and during critical moments,”, Mentoring sometimes involves helping you “figure out what you want to do with your life … who are the people who will help you get there … and how do you connect with them.”

Rhodes has worked with a team of other psychologists and social scientists on a meta-analysis of 73 mentoring programs aimed at children and adolescents across the Canada. Read more about it here

For those who would like to read more about mentoring. A new  book about mentoring called “Critical mentoring”. Click here to read more.

December Newsletter – Nattergalen Telemark, Norway

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Dear Nightingale friends,

What a year for Nightingale Malmö!


Malmö Municipality award
Malmö University award
The Royal Society Pro Patria Medal

Even though this might be a little self-centered I want to start with some happy news from Malmö. Tuesday the 20th of December we received the municipality award at a ceremoni in Malmö town hall.
This year we really have had a big luck and been successful. It started in May when I got the Royal Society “Pro Patrias” gold medal in Stockholm for civic virtues. Then in October we got the Malmö University award for our cooperation internal and external and  now we received the Malmö Municipality award. And never forget every time I have mentioned the Nightingale Network as a strong part of the program!

News from partners:

Dear Nightingale friends!

The Nightingale year in Porsgrunn, Telemark is well underway. Eleven new mentor – mentee couples have already spent some weeks together.
This year we are happy to have recruited children from a new school nearby our campus. We had a successful meeting together with parents, mentors, mentees, the school principal and six interpreters – and it all worked out very well!
We look forward to this new partnership. Our previous experience with the other school we have worked with for several years gives us a lot of energy!
On November 30th, we had our first joint activity with all eleven couples. Now we are looking forward to December 13th, when we will attend a big performance of the children dancing. One of our mentors is herself a dancer and she has invited us all to a free attendance.

We look forward to continue working on this meaningful project for yet another year.
Christmas is very close and we wish you all nice holidays and a happy new year!

We hope to see you all in Barcelona in June!

Best regards
Greta and Trine

Interesting reading from our partners in Norway (sorry it is only in Norwegian)

Torunns chapter in a book Socionomutdanning på Sörlandet : “Hva singer Nattergalen om?”
Nita och Heges article: kompetansutvikling gjennom mentorskap


Greetings from Halmstad- Sweden

….from a christmas party 


Greetings from San Sebastian- Spain 

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We are glad to inform you that we have started this year of mentoring with 28 couples (last year 14). We realized two different starting meetings because in a village called Hernani we are working in two schools with 9 couples and a group of volunteering people working in the project.

We send you some pictures and the video of one of the two meetings. The video has been recorded by one of the organizations supporting us (not economically) that is the Real Sociedad, our footbol soccer.




All the best,


Thank you all for your very best cooperation and excellent work! 

Thank you all for your passion making the world a little better….and remember: in our network more than 1000 mentors go to a child´s house, every week, fetch the child and make some activities together, for a mutual benefit. Meetings where a mutual learning take place, where knowledge about each other can develop and where they get access to each others world. When these bonds are created stereotypes often disappear. This is what the society needs – a concrete way to fight against xenophobia and to let people who otherwise would not met now meet. Build good relations and trust, build bridges not walls – so let us continue this work. Together we can be strong!

Now I would like to wish you a relaxing Christmas week-end and a Happy New Year!

Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.
Albert Einstein.

Warmest regards,