Expert Corner

What’s the difference between dependent and independent variables?

What’s the difference between dependent and independent variables?

by Adar Ben-Eliyahu Independent Variables Independent variables are the characteristics that we think predict the outcomes of interest. In mentoring research, we might think that such factors as the mentors’ age, the youth gender, the quality of the relationship, and the programs’ level of supervision would predict better youth outcomes. In this case, those factors […]

By February 9, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
So you support your gay teen, great: You still have to parent (and mentor) them

So you support your gay teen, great: You still have to parent (and mentor) them

By Terri Peters When gay teens come out to their parents, it’s an experience often rife with emotion and candor that can’t help but change the kid–parent dynamic. But experts say that processing a child’s proclamation of their sexuality is only the beginning of the journey for moms and dads. And while there are an […]

By February 6, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Youth-Initiated Mentoring is a game changer for disconnected youth

Youth-Initiated Mentoring is a game changer for disconnected youth

DECEMBER 10, 2015 BY: DEBORAH NEARY & WHITNEY MASTIN, MIDLANDS MENTORING PARTNERSHIP, Originally published in NMRC Blog At Midlands Mentoring Partnership (MMP), our community-wide data indicates that a priority must be made to reach the most vulnerable youth with quality formal mentoring services. A prospective solution came in 2013 when promising research was released that showed […]

By January 26, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

New Mentoring Research

New study explores mentor relationship beginnings

New study explores mentor relationship beginnings

DeWitt, D. J., Lipman, E. L., Da Costa, J., Graham, K., Larose, S., Pepler, D., Coyle, J., DuBois, D., Manzano-Munguia, M, & Ferro, A. (2016). Predictors of early versus late match relationship beginnings in Big Brothers Big Sisters community programs. Children and Youth Services Review. doi: Summarized by Jessica Cunningham, B.A., Research Associate, Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring Background: […]

By February 13, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
New study suggests that disadvantaged youth gain the most from mentoring

New study suggests that disadvantaged youth gain the most from mentoring

Thompson, R.B., Corsello, M., McReynolds, S., & Conklin-Powers, B. (2013). A longitudinal study of family socioeconomic status (SES) variables as predictors of socio-emotional resilience among mentored youth. Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 21 (4), 378-391. DOI: 10.1080/13611267.2013.855864. Reviewed by Stella Kanchewa, doctoral candidate in clinical psychology, UMass Boston Problem: Many mentoring programs focus on […]

By February 10, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Why Children With Parents in Prison Are Especially Burdened

Why Children With Parents in Prison Are Especially Burdened

Editor’s note. This article, which was originally posted in the Atlantic Monthly, describes both the psychological toll of parental incarceration, the results of two new reports, and the types of programs that have been developed to redress this issue. Clearly, youth mentoring has a vital role to play.  While mass incarceration in America came to […]

By February 3, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Research From Related Fields

New study show that kids who live with half or step-siblings are more aggressive

New study show that kids who live with half or step-siblings are more aggressive

Posted by Diane Swanbrow-Michigan on February 8, 2016 About one in six children in the United States—more than previously thought—live with half- or step-siblings just before starting kindergarten. And new research suggests these children behave more aggressively more often, on average, than other children do. Previous studies on how family complexity affects children’s development have […]

By February 12, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Trauma informed mentoring: Early trauma exposure raises risk for young women ADHD/self-injury

Trauma informed mentoring: Early trauma exposure raises risk for young women ADHD/self-injury

by Yasmin Anwar   Exposure to abuse, neglect, or other traumas in childhood and adolescence puts young women with ADHD at a heightened risk of self-injury, a new study shows. The findings indicate that environmental factors can have a significant bearing on the negative psychosocial outcomes of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder—and also raise the question whether […]

By January 26, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Teens with lots of friends stay healthy longer

Teens with lots of friends stay healthy longer

Posted by Thania Benios-UNC o The more social ties people have at an early age, the better their health is at the beginnings and ends of their lives, a new study suggests. Researchers say the study is the first to definitively link social relationships with concrete measures of physical well-being such as abdominal obesity, inflammation, […]

By January 12, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Profiles in Mentoring

Teens in military families: Two scholars explain the complexities

Teens in military families: Two scholars explain the complexities

By Mallory Lucier Greer–Submitted by Amy Glaspie on Wed, 02/10/2016 – 10:33  Mallory Lucier-Greer, PhD, LMFT Assistant Professor Department of Family and Child Sciences, Florida State University Jay A. Mancini, PhD  Haltiwanger Distinguished Professor Department of Human Development and Family Science, The University of Georgia Question: What do you get when you combine a seasoned […]

By February 12, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Mentor gets student over the roadblock to college

Mentor gets student over the roadblock to college

Written by Alison Martin Shakyra Ragsdale (left) got a scare when trying to raise money for college, but her mentor, Jamila Trimuel, got her through.  In August 2014, no college freshman was more eager to start school than Shakyra Ragsdale, then 18. Bound for Tennessee State University, Shakyra dreamed of her first day of classes […]

By January 31, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Bill Russell: We are nothing without our mentors

Bill Russell: We are nothing without our mentors

Bill Russell, Special for USA TODAY Sports12:30 a.m. EST January 21, 2016 (Photo: AP) If not for George Powles, I would have never played basketball. A mentor who changed my life. Who was George Powles? The year was 1949 and I was a sophomore at McClymonds High School in Oakland. Back then, freshman couldn’t try […]

By January 25, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

News & Funding Opportunities

Why Public Schools Should Reinvent Mentorship

Why Public Schools Should Reinvent Mentorship

by Daniel Lombrosco (WATCH VIDEO) Jessica Valoris is a “dream director,” a new take on the guidance counselor role that combines mentorship, life coaching, and artistic training. Jessica’s job is difficult: Only 22 percent of students at Roosevelt High School are at grade level and many are on the verge of dropping out. “I’m creating […]

By February 13, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
The Importance of High-School Mentors

The Importance of High-School Mentors

by Alyza Sebenius (the Atlantic) In her job as a “dream director,” Jessica Valoris is tasked with unleashing the potential of disadvantaged students at an inner-city high school in Washington, D.C. Her employer, a New York-based nonprofit called The Future Project, embeds mentors like Valoris in public schools, characterizing her role as a “midwife of […]

By February 12, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Interested in aligning with the new EEPM? Participate in a study!

Interested in aligning with the new EEPM? Participate in a study!

Are you involved in developing and supervising your mentoring program’s practices? Do you want to improve your practices? Quality Improvement activities focus on how well mentoring programs are implementing the standards and best practices of the field, such as those included within the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring (EEPM) published by MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership. […]

By February 11, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Webinars, Podcasts & Forums

Webinar:  Mentoring In The Age Of Technology

Webinar: Mentoring In The Age Of Technology

Thursday, February 18, 2016 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EDT Technology and mentoring have an almost twenty year history. The field is sophisticated and entrepreneurial, connecting youth in isolated communities with mentors rich in experience and willingness. Join Kate Schrauth of iCouldBe.org Camille Stone of WeTeachScience.org as they reflect on the lessons learned and opportunities […]

By February 4, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Registration open for 1/19 webinar on risk management in mentoring

Registration open for 1/19 webinar on risk management in mentoring

Risky Business: Developing your mentoring program’s risk management and safety policies  Do the risks of running a mentoring program sometimes keep you up at night?  Mentoring programs have inherent risks, but you can proactively take steps to minimize those risks – and maybe sleep a little better. A mentoring relationship cannot be considered effective unless […]

By January 5, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
How Does Mentoring Benefit Youth? Let’s Count the Ways

How Does Mentoring Benefit Youth? Let’s Count the Ways

by David DuBois One of the most common frustrations I have heard voiced by folks in practice and advocacy roles within our field is that the measures used in evaluations of programs do not seem adequate to the task of capturing the benefits that high-quality mentoring can offer to young people. It is tempting for […]