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What Poverty Does to the Young Brain

What Poverty Does to the Young Brain

BY MADELINE OSTRANDER For a growing child, deprivation and stress can become a kind of neurotoxin. Barrier Status: ‘none’ The brain’s foundation, frame, and walls are built in the womb. As an embryo grows into a fetus, some of its dividing cells turn into neurons, arranging themselves into layers and forming the first synapses, the […]

What is the state of mentoring in the U.S. today? David Shapiro to be interviewed on Mentoring Today

What is the state of mentoring in the U.S. today? What does the landscape look like? What are one or two of the important trends driving mentoring right now? And what can you do to impact mentoring for the better?  On Thursday, July 30, at 2:00 p.m. (EDT) Mentoring Today’s podcast host Vince Reardon has […]

Teaching Social Skills to Improve Grades and Lives

Teaching Social Skills to Improve Grades and Lives

FIXES By DAVID BORNSTEIN JULY 24, 2015  In the early 1990s, about 50 kindergarten teachers were asked to rate the social and communication skills of 753 children in their classrooms. It was part of the Fast Track Project, an intervention and study administered in Durham, N.C., Nashville, Seattle and central Pennsylvania. The goals were to […]

New Mentoring Research

Lower risk of hypertension for seniors who volunteer

Lower risk of hypertension for seniors who volunteer

Posted by Shilo Rea-Carnegie Mellon CARNEGIE MELLON (US) — Older adults who volunteer for at least 200 hours a year can decrease their risk of high blood pressure by 40 percent, a new study finds. The specific type of volunteer activity doesn’t matter, researchers say. It’s the amount of time spent volunteering that leads to […]

Combining mentoring with structured group activities: A potential after-school context for fostering relationships between girls and mentors

Combining mentoring with structured group activities: A potential after-school context for fostering relationships between girls and mentors

The Journal of Early Adolescence 2012 Deutsch summarized by UMass Boston clinical psychology student Laura Yoviene Problem: Most after-school programs are activity-oriented and aim to serve a specific purpose (i.e., sports, gang prevention), whereas mentoring programs offer a more relationally based intervention and have been linked to a myriad of positive youth outcomes. Accordingly,  with […]

Study suggests that teens prefer adult mentors to peer mentors

Study suggests that teens prefer adult mentors to peer mentors

Editor’s Note: What do teens want? Below, Laura Yoviene summarizes a recent study that solicited teens’ own views on efforts aimed at promoting their emotional well-being. Kendal, S., Keeley, P., & Callery, P. (2011). Young people’s preferences for emotional well-being support in high school – a focus group study. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric […]

Research From Related Fields

When kids expect hostility, they get hostile

When kids expect hostility, they get hostile

When children expect aggression from others, it may cause them to be overly aggressive themselves, a new study finds. While the pattern is more common in some cultures than others, a four-year longitudinal study involving 1,299 children and their parents finds it is true in 12 different cultural groups from nine countries around the globe. […]

New study highlights the importance of self-control in childhood

New study highlights the importance of self-control in childhood

Converse, P. D., Piccone, K. A., & Tocci, M. C. (2014). Childhood self-control, adolescent behavior, and career success. Personality and Individual Differences, 59, 65-70. Summarized by Emily Manove, UMB clinical psychology doctoral student Introduction: Research has found that childhood self-control, defined as “internally focused active control tendencies involving regulation of thoughts, feelings, or behaviors” (pg. […]

The New Science of Wise Psychological Interventions

The New Science of Wise Psychological Interventions

By Gregory M. Walton (Stanford University) From the abstract Citizens complete a survey the day before a major election; a change in the survey items’ grammatical structure increases turnout by 11 percentage points. People answer a single question; their romantic relationships improve over several weeks. At-risk students complete a 1-hour reading-and-writing exercise; their grades rise […]

Profiles in Mentoring

For this educator, teaching is mentoring

For this educator, teaching is mentoring

By John Warner, Chronicle of Higher Education It is safe to say that I would not be here, doing this, if not for the assistance of mentors. One of the most important of those mentors was my undergraduate creative writing professor at the University of Illinois, Philip Graham. He’s been present in just about every stage […]

The late Sir David Frost recalls his high school English teacher

The late Sir David Frost recalls his high school English teacher

Chapter 77 of Matilda Raffa Cuomo’s book: The Person Who Changed My Life, journalist, comedian, writer, media personality and television host David Frost recalls his high school English teacher who encouraged him to think critically and for himself.  

Edward Asner remembers the enduring influence of his high school football coach and his journalism teacher

Edward Asner remembers the enduring influence of his high school football coach and his journalism teacher

In Chapter 7 of Matilda Raffa Cuomo’s book: The Person Who Changed My Life,Edward Asner, film, television, and stage actor and former president of the Screen Actors Guild, remembers the enduring influence of his high school football coach and his journalism teacher.  

News & Funding Opportunities

Book your room for the 2016 National Mentoring Summit!

Book your room for the 2016 National Mentoring Summit!

The sixth annual National Mentoring Summit will take place January 27-29, 2016, at the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown and will explore the theme of “Connection | Growth | Opportunity”. The National Mentoring Summit is convened by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, and garners support from both the private and public sectors. The Summit is expected […]

“Rest assured, you will have that impact”: Former U Michigan coach recalls influence

“Rest assured, you will have that impact”: Former U Michigan coach recalls influence

KALAMAZOO, MI – For about five minutes, Lloyd Carr stood at the podium in front of a few hundred people Monday evening and enthusiastically read one of his favorite poems. The former University of Michigan football coach changed tones, reading some lines softly and some loudly during the annual Big Brothers Big Sisters benefit dinner […]

call for Postdoctoral Educational Research Associate position at Stanford University

call for Postdoctoral Educational Research Associate position at Stanford University

Call for Applications: Postdoctoral Educational Research Associate Stanford University Learning Experience Design and Development (LX) Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning We seek applicants who are passionate about university-level teaching and learning, and who have an interest in helping develop innovative resources to promote exceptional experiences for students and faculty. The postdoctoral associate is an […]

Webinars, Podcasts & Forums

Next Live Webinar: College Access Mentoring: Preparing Your Students for Graduation and Beyond

Next Live Webinar: College Access Mentoring: Preparing Your Students for Graduation and Beyond

College Access Mentoring: Preparing Your Students for Graduation and Beyond Thursday, August 20, 2015 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EDT REGISTER NOW As mentoring programs, we often wonder how to best use our limited time with students to foster long term success. How do we form the kinds of relationships that lead young people to […]

Innovative Recruitment: Creative Strategies for Finding Long-Term Mentors

Innovative Recruitment: Creative Strategies for Finding Long-Term Mentors

Thursday, July 16, 2015 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EDT REGISTER ONLINE One of the biggest challenges faced by mentoring programs is mentor recruitment. How do you get both the right number and the right fit? Join this webinar as we explore new insights on this common challenge! Speakers will include Lisa Bottomley, Senior Mentoring […]

“The Person Who Changed My Life” Podcast series goes live!

“The Person Who Changed My Life” Podcast series goes live!

New York, NY (Tuesday, June 9, 2015) – Mentoring USA and MENTOR/UMB: Center for Evidence Based Mentoring are pleased to announce a collaboration around the airing of podcasts about prominent people and their mentors. The podcasts draw from the entries of the critically acclaimed book, The Person Who Changed My Life, which was edited by Mrs. […]