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Inclusive Programs Improve Quality for All Youth

Inclusive Programs Improve Quality for All Youth

By Marty Martinez As practitioners, we are always looking for ways to strengthen the quality of our program to ensure that mentoring does not just feel good, or look good, but is producing real outcomes for youth. As we work to utilize quality mentoring to strengthen our communities, we must ensure that our services are […]

Do Mentees Just Wanna Have Fun?

Do Mentees Just Wanna Have Fun?

by David DuBois Much of my research has been focused on examining the ways in which mentoring, if infused with more intentional and active forms of guidance, can be more effective. Illustratively, in a recent meta-analysis of youth mentoring program evaluations that I conducted with several colleagues (including Jean Rhodes, the editor of the Chronicle), […]

How do we know that mentoring works?: The many benefits of experimental designs

How do we know that mentoring works?: The many benefits of experimental designs

by Adar Ben-Eliyahu, Ph.D. How do we know that mentoring works? How do we know that a child would not have improved anyways? The best way to understand whether programs affect youth outcomes is to compare groups of children who are the same in every way—except that some have been randomly assigned to receive mentoring […]

New Mentoring Research

A calm port in the storm: Mentors serve as reliable support for youth in the foster care system

A calm port in the storm: Mentors serve as reliable support for youth in the foster care system

Greeson, J.K., Thompson, A.E., Ali, S., & Wenger, R.S. (2015). It’s good to know that you got somebody that’s not going anywhere: Attitudes and beliefs of older youth in foster care about child welfare-based natural mentoring. Children and Youth Services Review, 48, 140-149. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.12.015 Summarized by Benjamin Alford   Introduction: Research shows that older youth […]

Teens get them talking: The results of an evaluation of the Teens and Toddlers program

Teens get them talking: The results of an evaluation of the Teens and Toddlers program

Humphrey, K. & Olivier, A. (2014). Investigating the impact of teenage mentors on pre-school children’s development: A comparison using control groups. Children and Youth Services Review, 44, 20-24. Summarized by Jessica Cunningham     Background: Research has shown that engaging in play is one of the most important skills for toddlers to learn, as most […]

The novel approach: Combining literature and mentoring to support juvenile offenders

The novel approach: Combining literature and mentoring to support juvenile offenders

Seroczynski, A., Evans, W., Jobst, A., Horvath, L. & Carozza, G. (2015). Reading for Life and adolescent re-arrest: Evaluating a unique juvenile diversion program. South Bend, Indiana: University of Notre Dame, Center for Children and Families.     Summarized by Justin Preston Introduction With a juvenile incarceration rate of 250 youth per 100,000 citizens, the […]

Research From Related Fields

Study aims to fight impact of “Stereotype Threat”

Study aims to fight impact of “Stereotype Threat”

By Max Pienky (Stanford Daily) A recent Stanford study found that the grades of all students in the classroom improve when students at risk of negative stereotypes are protected from these stereotypes. The study, published in the journal “Psychological Science,” sought to decrease students’ experiences of a phenomenon called “stereotype threat.” A stereotype threat exists […]

Just what the doctor ordered: Quality relationships promote good health

Just what the doctor ordered: Quality relationships promote good health

By Emily Sohn, Washington Post Overwhelmed recently by the stress of an impending move — along with the usual demands of a busy life — I turned to the people I love. In small chunks of time between tasks on my to-do list, I called and texted with my sister, my parents, local friends and […]

Navigating internet risks: Mentors can help show the way

Navigating internet risks: Mentors can help show the way

Written by Matt Swayne The online world is full of risky situations for teens, but allowing them to gradually build their own coping strategies may be a better parental strategy than forbidding internet use, according to a team of researchers. The researchers, who monitored web-based diaries of a group of 68 teen internet users during […]

Profiles in Mentoring

A conversation with Sarah Schwartz

A conversation with Sarah Schwartz

Six Questions with Sarah Schwartz: Youth-Initiated Mentoring and the Connected Scholars Program By Justin Preston     Mentoring programs across the country are often faced with two interconnected, stubborn issues: The shortage of available mentors for young people hoping to be matched with an adult and the high rates of mentor drop out. The former […]

★ A conversation with Renée Spencer

★ A conversation with Renée Spencer

Editors note: We are thrilled to feature Professor Renée Spencer (RS), whose work has significantly advanced our understanding of the dynamics of adult-youth relationships. In this conversation, UMass Boston clinical student, Laura Yoviene (LY) talks to Renée about her work and inspirations.  LY: As the nation’s leading qualitative researcher in mentoring, what do you see as the […]

What do boys want?: A conversation with Professor Niobe Way

What do boys want?: A conversation with Professor Niobe Way

Niobe Way, a professor in the Department of Applied Psychology at N.Y.U.’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, discussed her book with New Yorker columnist, Vanna Lee. Her edited version of their conversation appears below. VL: Why boys? NW: My interest in boys’ development grew out of listening to my younger brothers and […]

News & Funding Opportunities

What first-gen college students want and how mentors can help provide it

What first-gen college students want and how mentors can help provide it

Written by Emily Deruy, The Atlantic As policymakers and educators debate how to help high-schoolers from all backgrounds get to and through college, young people’s ideas about the support they need to succeed are sometimes left out of the discussion. Yet conversations with students who are the first in their families to pursue higher education […]

It’s a two-way street: Four ways mentoring benefits the mentor

It’s a two-way street: Four ways mentoring benefits the mentor

Written by Alex Lyman, Huffington Post   Despite being a young professional with a variety of much-needed mentors of my own, I find that becoming a mentor myself has been equally important to my personal and professional growth. I often find myself connecting with high school and college students on a more relatable level, because […]

Mentoring plays integral role in reducing gun violence in one of America’s most violent cities

Mentoring plays integral role in reducing gun violence in one of America’s most violent cities

By Wayne Drash and Tawanda Scott Sambou, CNN The four teens kick back and talk openly with their mentor. They discuss job opportunities, the need for support and the possibility of a trip out of state. They’re relaxing in the lobby of a city agency, one outfitted with a couch and wing chairs to make […]

Webinars, Podcasts & Forums

BUILDING FUTURE LEADERS THROUGH STEM MENTORING

BUILDING FUTURE LEADERS THROUGH STEM MENTORING

Thursday, June 16, 2016 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EDT Mentoring programs are increasingly focusing on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to reflect this national academic priority. Although the benefits and importance of STEM are evident, it’s often difficult for practitioners to implement STEM activities without having expertise in these subjects. Join Laura Batt, […]

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Christiane Amanpour reflects on how riding lessons prepared her for life

Christiane Amanpour reflects on how riding lessons prepared her for life

Chapter 3 of Matilda Raffa Cuomo’s book: The Person Who Changed My Life, Iranian journalist and television host, Christiane Amanpour, Chief International Correspondent for CNN and host of CNN International’s nightly interview program Amanpour reflects on the lessons her strict riding instructor taught her and how those lessons prepared her for life.       […]

Fareed Zakaria recalls the two men who provided a world of inspiration in his childhood

Fareed Zakaria recalls the two men who provided a world of inspiration in his childhood

Chapter 19 of Matilda Raffa Cuomo’s book: The Person Who Changed My Life, Fareed Zakaria, an Indian-born American journalist, author and host of CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS recalls the two men who provided a world of inspiration in his childhood.