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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 […]

It Takes a Community: Nine Principles for Effective Youth Services Organizations

It Takes a Community: Nine Principles for Effective Youth Services Organizations

From Peter Samuelson In 2014, the Thrive Foundation searched across the nation for organizations providing services to disadvantaged youth nationwide with a caring adult at the center of their program delivery model and found eight exemplary organizations. Led by Thrive’s Director of Research and Evaluation, Peter Samuelson, Ph.D., the foundation then embarked on an evaluation to […]

It’s election season: Should mentors talk politics with their mentees?

It’s election season: Should mentors talk politics with their mentees?

  Linus: “There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.” Do you think it is appropriate for mentors and mentees to discuss politics? With record advertising, the tensions and fallout of a particularly acrimonious U.S. election, politics are everywhere. How should a mentor approach conversations about […]

New Mentoring Research

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 […]

Mentors helping students prepare for college: More than just making the grade

Mentors helping students prepare for college: More than just making the grade

Woods, C. & Preciado, M. (2016). Student–Mentor Relationships and Students’ College Attitudes. Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk (JESPAR), 21(2), 90-103. DOI: 10.1080/10824669.2015.1127767 Summarized by Justin Preston   Introduction Research has demonstrated that low-income high school students are less likely to plan for college, apply to selective colleges and universities, and complete a […]

Leaving So Soon? Researchers Investigate Why Mentoring Matches End Early

Leaving So Soon? Researchers Investigate Why Mentoring Matches End Early

Mentoring relationship closures in Big Brothers Big Sisters community mentoring programs: Patterns and associated risk factors. DeWit, D., DuBois, D., Erdem, G., Larose, S., Lipman, E., & Spencer, R. (2016). American Journal of Community Psychology, 0, 1-13. DOI: 10.1002/ajcp.12023. Summarized by Justin Preston   Introduction While previous research has demonstrated the overall positive benefits associated with […]

Research From Related Fields

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 […]

Trips to the Museum can Spark Teen Ambition: An Opportunity for Mentors

Trips to the Museum can Spark Teen Ambition: An Opportunity for Mentors

Photo credit to Paramount Pictures Posted by Nicola Jones-Warwick Teens who took part in cultural activities like concerts or museums with their parents were more likely to aspire to continue their studies after the age of 16 than those who didn’t, a new study shows. The findings hold true even compared to activities such as homework clubs or […]

Study shows most teenage friendships doomed to fail: But whose fault is that?

Study shows most teenage friendships doomed to fail: But whose fault is that?

By Sam Carr, Lecturer in Education, University of Bath The psychiatrist Harry Sullivan believed that nothing is a more significant determinant of psychological well-being than the nature of our closest social bonds. In adolescence, research has consistently linked the quality of friendships to important outcomes such as emotional health, self esteem, the ability to overcome social […]

Profiles in Mentoring

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 […]

Mentoring Then and Now

Mentoring Then and Now

Melvin Simensky, Co-Chair The New York County Lawyers’ Association When mentoring was first used in a legal context, it described two main circumstances which also prevail today. One is the establishment of an amicable relationship between a senior attorney and young people such as high-schoolers interested in later pursuing a legal career. The second main use […]

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Meet Sally Power: Expert on role models in the lives of diverse youth

Meet Sally Power: Expert on role models in the lives of diverse youth

Sally Power Director of Research, Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University There are lots of concerns these days about the kind of role models that young people look up to. Social commentators fear that the youth of today have been captured by popular culture and the so-called cult of the celebrity. This is backed […]

News & Funding Opportunities

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 […]

NPR: Mentoring offers ex-offender chance to give back to his community

NPR: Mentoring offers ex-offender chance to give back to his community

By Carrie Johnson and Marisa Penaloza David Padilla spent nearly 20 years turning himself into a model inmate in federal prison. So when Padilla got called to the warden’s office last December, he said, the first thought on his mind was, “Did I do anything wrong?” Padilla’s leg started shaking. Then, he got the news […]

Passing its second birthday, officials believe “My Brother’s Keeper” program will endure

Passing its second birthday, officials believe “My Brother’s Keeper” program will endure

By Emma Brown, The Washington Post Noah McQueen attended 10 different middle schools, then transferred among high schools three different times during his freshman year. He was struggling. But then he was paired with a mentor who helped him find his path. Now 19 and a student at Morehouse College, McQueen has become one of the faces […]

Webinars, Podcasts & Forums

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.       […]

Mentoring in Rural Communities: Traveling the Distance to Facilitate Your Program

Mentoring in Rural Communities: Traveling the Distance to Facilitate Your Program

Thursday, May 19, 2016 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EDT Rural mentoring programs often face unique challenges that compound the everyday obstacles of facilitating an effective mentoring program. How can practitioners recruit and retain mentors when mentees live over an hour away? How can programs engage matches in activities when there aren’t easily accessible community events? […]

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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.