January 2015
from ND COMPASS         
A monthly newsletter to keep you informed.

January is National Mentoring month!


In today's world, the word "mentoring" is often used to refer to a professional relationship, in a specific educational or employment setting. However, when defining mentor as a "trusted guide" one realizes the importance of mentoring throughout the entire life span from early childhood to adolescence, and from our working years to late adulthood. The process of both learning and teaching is a part of the mentoring relationship and a significant factor in being a contributing member of society.  

To look at mentoring from both ends of the life spectrum, this month's columnists provide context to the data.  

In this month's For Discussion column, Helen Danielson (formerly with ND Early Childhood Training Center and North Dakota KIDS COUNT) shares a look at how mentoring throughout early childhood and adolescence can impact children's lives and affect the community. 

Heather Fuller-Iglesias, director of the Linked Lives Research Lab at NDSU and Assistant Professor in the department of Human Development and Family Science joins us in this month's Ask a Researcher column to provide information expanding on how our lives are interconnected, and how relationships and social support continue to be integral to life and the community as we age.


For Discussion
Mentoring Works!    

Helen Danielson formerly worked with North Dakota KIDS COUNT- Network Liaison; ND Early Childhood Training Center - Director; NDSU Extension Service -Television and Radio. She has a BS and MS degree from NDSU College of Human Development. Presently, she enjoys her "Grandparent" role to four young grandchildren. Here she shares some thoughts about the importance of the mentoring concept throughout childhood.


Ask a Researcher

The importance of recognizing the role of social support in human development across the lifespan


Heather Fuller-Iglesias is an Assistant Professor in the department of Human Development and Family Science at NDSU. She received her doctoral degree in Developmental Psychology from the University of Michigan in 2009. Her research broadly focuses on the influence of social relationships and cultural context on development across the lifespan, including a specific focus on intergenerational and family relationships in late-life. She directs the Linked Lives Research Lab at NDSU.

Don't forget Pinterest! 

As North Dakota Compass and North Dakota KIDS COUNT create visuals they will be posted to Pinterest for easy access.

New data available

A number of charts have been updated or revised within the following topics and key measures:            




All charts in the 3rd Grade Reading key measure

All charts in the 8th Grade Math key measure




3 charts under the Jobs key measure



9 charts under the Homeownership Rate key measure

7 charts under the Cost-Burdened Households key measure



3 charts under the Health Care Coverage key measure




7 charts under the Proportion of Adults Working key measure


By tracking and analyzing trends in areas that affect our quality of life, North Dakota Compass gives everyone in our state--policymakers, business and community leaders, and concerned individuals who live and work here--a common foundation to act on issues to improve our communities.
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