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206. Nurturing the Whole Child: Nataliya Starodub on Redefining Mentorship



In this episode of Learning Unboxed, we explore the transformative power of mentoring in education with Nataliya Starodub, the visionary founder of The Dreva Mentoring Academy. Born from the legacy of an alternative school in Minsk, Belarus, The Dreva Mentoring Academy is redefining mentoring for students aged four to sixteen. Nataliya and her team of international mentors focus on nurturing children's curiosity, agency, skills, and identity, providing a unique approach that extends beyond traditional teaching roles.


Nataliya dives deep into the mentoring strategies tailored for different age groups, from storytelling art activities for preschoolers to coaching adolescents in decision-making and value development. Moreover, we discuss the critical role parents play in this mentoring ecosystem and the unique challenges and rewards that come with it.


Join us on this enlightening journey as we unravel the intricacies of mentoring, its impact on education, and the invaluable lessons from The Dreva Mentoring Academy. Discover how mentors are helping shape the next generation of thinkers, learners, and leaders.


To learn more, visit: pastfoundation.org

We unbox:

  • The origins and evolution of The Dreva Mentoring Academy

  • The unique methodologies adopted by the academy, from storytelling to critical thinking

  • The role of mentors: How they differ from traditional teachers and the training they undergo

  • The academy's collaborative approach, involving both formal educators and families

  • Challenges and successes: Engaging with parents and collaborating with traditional schools

  • The overarching mission to reimagine education and foster a holistic development in children


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