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Will I be able to understand my mentee?: Examining the potential risk of the dominant culture mentoring marginalized youth

Will I be able to understand my mentee?: Examining the potential risk of the dominant culture mentoring marginalized youth

Editor’s Note This is a very thoughtful piece by Jennifer Lindwall, the Director of Training and Quality Assurance at the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota since February 2013. The article appeared in a collection, Moving Youth Work Practice Forward:  Reflections on Autonomy and Authority. Jen’s piece touches on some of the thorny issues in youth mentoring that are rarely discussed but […]

By September 16, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Strengthening quality youth mentoring programs through service fellowships

Strengthening quality youth mentoring programs through service fellowships

As practitioners, we are all committed to providing high quality mentoring to youth in need across our communities. Mentoring organizations are a vital and integral piece of youth development, focusing on outcomes including academic preparedness, workforce readiness, and violence prevention. We rely heavily on the power of volunteers at the mentor-level, who provide support and […]

By September 15, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
It Takes a Mentor

It Takes a Mentor

 Thomas L. Friedman, posted in the New York Times With millions of students returning to school — both K-12 and college — this is a good time to review the intriguing results of some research that Gallup did over the past year, exploring the linkages between education and long-term success in the workplace. That is: […]

By September 10, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

New Mentoring Research

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. […]

By September 9, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
How natural mentoring improves academic engagement

How natural mentoring improves academic engagement

  Hurd, N.M. & Sellers, R.M. (2013). Black adolescents’ relationships with natural mentors: Associations with academic engagement via social and emotional development. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 19 (1), 76-85. summarized by Stella Kanchewa, MA, UMB doctoral student in clinical psychology  Researchers have demonstrated the role that natural mentoring relationships play in affecting youth’s […]

By September 4, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Promoting mentorship in translational research: Should we hope for Athena or train Mentor?

Promoting mentorship in translational research: Should we hope for Athena or train Mentor?

Steiner, J.F. (2014) Academic Medicine, 89 (5), 702-704. This article was summarized by UMass Boston doctoral student Laura Yoviene. Introduction: Usually in the Chronicle we focus on youth mentoring relationships.  However, with this review we broaden the scope to include an article on the importance of mentoring relationships to research in the realm of academia. […]

By September 2, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Research From Related Fields

Esquire Partners With 3 Agencies to Promote Male Mentorship

Esquire Partners With 3 Agencies to Promote Male Mentorship

By STUART ELLIOTT  ESQUIRE magazine is teaming up again with Madison Avenue for a new cause-marketing initiative, seeking to encourage more adult men to mentor boys and young men. The initiative comes eight years after a collaboration between the magazine and an up-and-coming agency to raise money for clean drinking water in the third world. […]

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Mentoring survivors of abuse and trauma

Mentoring survivors of abuse and trauma

Reilly, R. C., & D’Amico, M. (2011). Mentoring n survivors of childhood abuse and intimate partner violence. Journal of College Student Development, 52(4), 409-424. Introduction: Both child abuse and intimate partner violence are widespread and are known to lead to a multitude of adverse outcomes, such as self-destructive behaviors, difficulties with concentration, educational under achievement, […]

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Overweight teens are bullied by adults they trust

Overweight teens are bullied by adults they trust

Posted by Megan Orciari-Yale YALE (US) — Teens struggling to lose weight are often teased by adults they trust, according to a new survey. “While our findings suggest that teasing and bullying may be inevitable for the heaviest youth, it is striking that even formerly overweight youth who have lost weight and whose body weight […]

By August 29, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Profiles in Mentoring

Meet positive youth development pioneer, Professor Richard Lerner

Meet positive youth development pioneer, Professor Richard Lerner

Tufts University developmental scientist challenges the myth of the troubled adolescent in book, “The Good Teen” How did teenagers get such a bad rap? You can go back to the time of the Greeks and find teenagers causing problems. The scientific study of adolescence began in 1904, with G. Stanley Hall, one of the leading […]

By September 1, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Meet mentoring researcher Simon Larose

Meet mentoring researcher Simon Larose

We are thrilled to feature Professor Simon Larose, whose work has deepened our understanding of the role of attachment relationships in mentoring. Simon is a professor in the Department of Education at the University of Laval. He has been a steady contributor to the field of youth mentoring and has published over 60 scientific articles, book chapters, […]

Meet positive youth develop expert Reed Larson

Meet positive youth develop expert Reed Larson

Editor’s note: Reed Larson’s seminal research on the lives of teenagers helped to launch the field of positive youth development, and his insights and findings continue to enrich the work of mentoring researchers. His work explores the contexts of daily life and how developmental processes unfold in extra-curricular activities. Reed is a professor in the Department of Human and Community […]

Mentoring in the News

Pressure Congress to pass the child protection improvement act

Pressure Congress to pass the child protection improvement act

by Jean Rhodes Although the vast majority of volunteers are well intended, harmful adults sometimes slip through. Programs have taken steps to conduct background checks but, for the most part, these efforts have been inconsistent. Only about half of U.S. States provide youth-serving organizations access to FBI fingerprinting and, amongst those that do, two-thirds allow only […]

By September 10, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Lawmakers Love AmeriCorps, but Won’t Expand It

Lawmakers Love AmeriCorps, but Won’t Expand It

by Dorothy Samuels, New York Times Like so much gone awry in Washington of late, the failure to expand AmeriCorps, the nation’s main public service program, is largely the fault of the right-wing Republicans who now control the House and keep approving extreme budget resolutions calling for the program’s elimination. As we explained in a Sunday […]

By September 9, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Denzel Washington discusses the power of mentoring

Denzel Washington discusses the power of mentoring

In the September cover story of WebMD magazine, Denzel Washington discusses the vital role of the mentors he encountered at the Boys and Girls Club and throughout his life. Highly recommended. You can read the article here: Denzel Washington – WebMD Magazine Cover Story – September 2014 Tell us what you think!

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Webinars, Podcasts & Forums

Esquire’s Mentoring Project: Fifty extraordinary men and their mentors

Esquire’s Mentoring Project: Fifty extraordinary men and their mentors

Who Made You The Man You Are Today? Simple question. Lots of possible answers. We asked fifty extraordinary men to tell us about the parents, coaches, teachers, troops leaders, religious leaders, and all-purpose mentors who helped them get to where they are today. They shared their stories, and their mentors, with us. Now it’s your […]

By September 16, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
FORUM: Does mentoring work in rural areas?

FORUM: Does mentoring work in rural areas?

by Mike Garringer In my time as a technical assistance provider in the youth mentoring field, some of the most difficult and persistent challenges I’ve seen are those faced by rural mentoring programs. While running a high-quality program is difficult in any town or urban environment, the challenges faced by rural programs are considerable: geographic […]

FORUM: When (and how) should mentoring programs disclose mentors’ personal information?

FORUM: When (and how) should mentoring programs disclose mentors’ personal information?

A colleague of mine recently shared an inquiry they had received from a local program that was thinking through an issue that had bubbled up: Should they tell mentees (or mentees’ parents) that a mentor is gay? And if so, why and when? This was a school-based program serving primarily younger elementary-age students and to […]