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Encourage relationship building between youth & adults with these 10 youth-inspired changes to your organization’s environment

Encourage relationship building between youth & adults with these 10 youth-inspired changes to your organization’s environment

By Bernadette Sánchez, Tené Gray, and Elsa Rodriguez We have been working on a research project with Hive Chicago to understand relationship building between youth and adults. Hive Chicago is a diverse network of civic and cultural institutions that is focused on transforming the learning landscape by empowering youth and educators to enact Connected Learning. […]

Empathy – A Critical Ingredient in Youth Mentoring Relationships?

Empathy – A Critical Ingredient in Youth Mentoring Relationships?

by Renee Spencer Working on a poster my colleagues and I presented at the Society for Research on Adolescence in Austin, Texas, this past spring gave me a great excuse to look at the recent psychotherapy literature on empathy. As a clinical social worker, the psychotherapy literature is like a dear old friend to me. […]

New, Exciting…and Effective? Tips on Evaluating Innovative and New Programming

New, Exciting…and Effective? Tips on Evaluating Innovative and New Programming

Organizations are evolving rapidly within the mentoring field – often adapting or launching new or innovative programs to meet local needs (and leverage local assets). Across the Big Brothers Big Sisters network, agencies are adding to or enhancing our core model at a surprising rate. A recent survey of the Big Brothers Big Sisters network […]

New Mentoring Research

New study explores commitment in mentoring relationships

New study explores commitment in mentoring relationships

Gettings, P.E., & Wilson, S.R. (2014). Examining commitment and relational maintenance in formal youth mentoring relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 1-27. Summarized by UMass Boston doctoral student Laura Yoviene Introduction: This study uses a social exchange perspective in order to investigate mentors’ commitment and their specific relational maintenance behaviors in the context of […]

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The importance of natural mentors for emerging adults

The importance of natural mentors for emerging adults

Hurd, N.M., Stoddard, S.A., Bauermeister, J.A., & Zimmerman, M.A.. (2014). Natural mentors, mental health, and substance use: Exploring pathways via coping and purpose. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 84 (2), 190-200. Introduction: Emerging adulthood is a period from about 18 to 25, in which individuals are no longer dependent on their caregivers as they were in childhood and adolescence, […]

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Study shows mentors can reduce trauma symptoms in foster care youths

Study shows mentors can reduce trauma symptoms in foster care youths

Johnson, S. B., & Pryce, J. M. (2013). Therapeutic of mentoring: Reducing the impact of trauma for foster care youth. Child Welfare, 92(3), 9-25.  By Summarized by UMass Boston Clinical doctoral student, Elyssa Weber Introduction: It is estimated that fifty to seventy-five percent of children coming into the foster care system have serious emotional or […]

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Research From Related Fields

Attachment relationships and adolescents’ life satisfaction: Some relationships matter more to girls than boys

Attachment relationships and adolescents’ life satisfaction: Some relationships matter more to girls than boys

Ma, C., & Huebner, E.S. (2008). Attachment relationships and adolescents’ life satisfaction: Some relationships matter more to girls than boys. Psychology in the Schools, 45 (2), 177-190. Summarized by UMass Boston doctoral student Laura Yoviene Introduction: Having a secure relationship with a parent or guardian — one characterized by trust, caring, availability, and dependability — […]

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How early trauma affects later relationships

How early trauma affects later relationships

 Riggs, S.A., Cusimano, A.M., & Benson, K.M. (2011). Childhood emotional abuse and attachment processes in the dyadic adjustment of dating couples. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 58, 126-138. Summarized by Emily Manove, UMB clinical psychology doctoral student Introduction: Research has linked childhood maltreatment (emotional, physical and sexual abuse and neglect) to adult attachment styles, including those […]

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Stronger School Attachment and Lower Risk Behaviors for Students Engaged in Mentoring Relationships with School Staff

Stronger School Attachment and Lower Risk Behaviors for Students Engaged in Mentoring Relationships with School Staff

Black, D. S., Grenard, J. L., Sussman, S., & Rohrbach, L. A. (2010). The influence of school-based natural mentoring relationships on school attachment and subsequent adolescent risk behaviors. Health Education Research, 25, 892-902. Summarized by Emily Manove, UMB clinical psychology doctoral student Introduction: New research suggests that naturally occurring mentoring relationships may reduce risk-taking behavior […]

Profiles in Mentoring

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 worked has 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 […]

Meet “grit” psychologist, Professor Angela Duckworth

Meet “grit” psychologist, Professor Angela Duckworth

by Max Nesterak (excerpted from The Psych Report) MN: You say in your TED Talk that we need to be grittier about making our kids grittier. Now that you’ve already said you don’t know, could you point to any leads that you have that you possibly think could make us grittier? AD: When I did […]

News & Resources

Short Course on the Elements of Effective Practice 4

Short Course on the Elements of Effective Practice 4

Space is limited. Register NOW! Short Course on the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring Short Course on the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™ Wednesday, January 28 1:00-5:00 p.m. MENTOR and its partner, the Center for Evidence Based-Mentoring at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, will present a special Short Course on the  Elements of Effective […]

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Register now for the 2015 National Mentoring Summit

Register now for the 2015 National Mentoring Summit

Register  The 2015 National Mentoring Summit will take place January 28-30, 2015, at the Renaissance Washington, DC, Downtown, in the heart of our nation’s capital. The 2015 Summit will be extended to a three-day event to incorporate an advocacy activity on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, January 28. This event is the only national forum that brings […]

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Q & A with Professor Buffy Smith, author of new book that explores mentoring high risk college students

Q & A with Professor Buffy Smith, author of new book that explores mentoring high risk college students

The Hidden Curriculum Charlie Tyson (reposted from Inside Higher Education) In recent years, many colleges and universities have turned to mentoring programs in an attempt to retain underperforming students. Federally supported mentoring programs have been around since the Higher Education Act of 1965, which created student services programs such as Upward Bound, said Stephanie Gordon, vice […]

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Webinars & Podcasts

Q & A with Professor Buffy Smith, author of new book that explores mentoring high risk college students

Q & A with Professor Buffy Smith, author of new book that explores mentoring high risk college students

The Hidden Curriculum Charlie Tyson (reposted from Inside Higher Education) In recent years, many colleges and universities have turned to mentoring programs in an attempt to retain underperforming students. Federally supported mentoring programs have been around since the Higher Education Act of 1965, which created student services programs such as Upward Bound, said Stephanie Gordon, vice […]

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April 17 webinar – Going the Distance: New Insights on Mentor Retention

April 17 webinar – Going the Distance: New Insights on Mentor Retention

Many mentoring programs invest significant time, energy and dollars identifying and attracting volunteers, only to find the return on this investment falls short when mentors leave programs – and their relationships with mentees – prematurely. What influences mentors to leave or stay in programs? How can we increase the odds that mentors will go the […]

New research positions at Big Brother Big Sister of America

New research positions at Big Brother Big Sister of America

Director of Research & Evaluation: ·         Graduate degree in social science required; PhD preferred ·         Intermediate Statistical Analysis Software skills (SPSS preferred, SAS/STATA considered) ·         5+ years of research experience that involves a broad range of research and evaluation functions with emphasis on quantitative evaluation and analysis required. Experience managing research projects from conception to […]

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