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Top 10 features of healthy mentoring organizations

Top 10 features of healthy mentoring organizations

Editor’s Note: We are thrilled to provide you with this report, written by mentoring expert Dr. Carla Herrera, aimed at providing funders with guidance in determining which mentoring programs to support.   Through a series of posts, we present, “Making the Most of Youth Mentoring: A Guide for Funders” (Original Publisher(s): Public/Private Ventures. This work […]

By November 25, 2016 1 Comments Read More →
It’s that time of year: 5 self-care tips for navigating holiday stress

It’s that time of year: 5 self-care tips for navigating holiday stress

Written by the American Psychological Association With the holiday season getting underway and the decorations coming out, it is important to remember that the holidays have the potential to create additional challenges. Families are cutting back, people are worrying about job security or unemployment, and seniors are concerned about their retirement. Such worries are stressful, and the […]

By November 22, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
What is a natural mentor?: Tips to develop relationships that matter

What is a natural mentor?: Tips to develop relationships that matter

by Lisa Bottomley, Michigan State University Extension When asked about their successes, most individuals will talk about one or more people who mentored them along the way. Were all of these people enrolled in youth mentoring programs? Of course not. Many of them found natural mentors who provided support, guidance and friendship. A natural mentor […]

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New Mentoring Research

New research studies reasons for early termination of mentoring relationships

New research studies reasons for early termination of mentoring relationships

Spencer, R., Basualdo-Delmonico, A., Walsh, J., & Drew, A. (2014). Breaking up is hard to do: A qualitative interview study of how and why youth mentoring relationships end. Youth & Society, 1-23. Summarized by Sam Burton     Introduction Mentoring programs aim to create lasting and meaningful relationships between mentors and youth. However, a significant […]

Mentors can be helpful during college transition period for young adults, research shows

Mentors can be helpful during college transition period for young adults, research shows

Hurd, N. M.,  Tan, J., Loeb, E. L. (2016). Natural mentoring relationships and the adjustment to college among underrepresented students. American Journal of Community Psychology. Summarized by Matthew Hagler     Introduction Compared to their more privileged counterparts, college students from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds, those from unrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups, and first-generation college […]

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Formal mentoring program helps boost executive function skills in youth

Formal mentoring program helps boost executive function skills in youth

Morgan, C., Sibthorp, J., & Tsethlikai, M. (2016). Fostering self-regulation skills in youth: examining the effects of a mentoring curriculum in a summer recreation program. Leisure sciences, 38(2), 161-178. Summarized by Matthew Hagler Introduction Self-regulation refers to the ability to control one’s own internal experiences of thoughts and emotions as well as external expression of […]

Research From Related Fields

For older adults, providing advice helps make their lives meaningful

For older adults, providing advice helps make their lives meaningful

Written by Markus H. Schafer and Laura Upenieks A new study reveals that individuals in their 60s who give advice to a broad range of people tend to see their lives as especially meaningful. At the same time, this happens to be the age when opportunities for dispensing advice become increasingly scarce. According to the […]

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Got gratitude? New research shows that doing makes us more grateful than having

Got gratitude? New research shows that doing makes us more grateful than having

Posted on Futurity by Rebecca Valli, Cornell A new study, published in the journal Emotion, suggests many of us feel more thankful for things we experience rather than things we own—and that the gratitude we derive from experiences can make us more generous to others. “Think about how you feel when you come home from buying something new,” […]

By November 15, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Unrelated negative feelings can impact your actions in different ways, new research shows

Unrelated negative feelings can impact your actions in different ways, new research shows

Written by Alexis Blue-U. Arizona Researchers at the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and the University of Gronigen, in the Netherlands, have recently published a study on the effects of negative emotions on behavior. While their research was conducted with the workplace in mind, there are key lessons to be learned from their findings. […]

By November 14, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Profiles in Mentoring

Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Maurice Crul on mentoring and immigrant youth

Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Maurice Crul on mentoring and immigrant youth

Editor’s Note: I had the pleasure of meeting Professor Maurice Crul at the launch of the European Centre for Evidence-Based Mentoring earlier this year. He is a rock star in the field of immigration and has been leading efforts to explore how mentoring affects immigrant youth. Dr. Crul has published extensively on the educational careers of children […]

By November 29, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Wisdom from Carola Suárez-Orozco

Wisdom from Carola Suárez-Orozco

Editor’s Note: A version of this appeared a few months ago but the topic seems particularly relevant these days. With this in mind, here’s a shortened version Hope it’s helpful! by Jean Rhodes Carola Suárez-Orozco, Professor of Human Development and Psychology at UCLA. Carola is well equipped to tackle this issue. She is co-author of “Transitions: […]

By November 27, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Dr. Liz Raposa

Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Dr. Liz Raposa

Written by Jelle de Graaf and Vera van den Berg   Dr. Elizabeth Raposa is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the College of William and Mary. Dr. Elizabeth Raposa has her own lab ‘Raposa lab’. Her ongoing research is related to stress and socio-emotional development. To visit her website. Click here. […]

News & Funding Opportunities

New York Times’ David Brooks: The power of a dinner table

New York Times’ David Brooks: The power of a dinner table

Written by David Brooks, New York Times Kathy Fletcher and David Simpson have a son named Santi, who went to Washington, D.C., public schools. Santi had a friend who sometimes went to school hungry. So Santi invited him to occasionally eat and sleep at his house. That friend had a friend and that friend had […]

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Serving as a mentor pays dividends for those 50 and older

Serving as a mentor pays dividends for those 50 and older

Written by Chris Farrell There’s a mushrooming mentoring movement in America. And that’s great news both for people over 50 who mentor as well for younger people who are the recipients. Let me tell you what’s happening, and why. I was recently in Sedona, Ariz., at a learning and networking conference for the central U.S. […]

How The Barber, And Other Caring Adults, Help Kids Succeed

How The Barber, And Other Caring Adults, Help Kids Succeed

Anya Kamenetz, nprED In a working-class city in southeast Michigan there’s a barbershop where kids get a $2 discount for reading a book aloud to their barber. “Any help these kids can get with reading and … comprehension is a big thing,” said Ryan Griffin, the veteran barber who instituted the program. “You know, maybe someday […]

By October 28, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Webinars, Podcasts & Forums

Webinar – Mentoring Immigrant Youth:  Supportive Relationships for Newcomer Youth

Webinar – Mentoring Immigrant Youth: Supportive Relationships for Newcomer Youth

Thursday, December 15, 2016 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM Eastern Time Mentoring can support immigrant youth as they navigate the challenges of a new culture. Join December’s webinar to learn what mentoring programs can do to effectively serve immigrant youth and their families. Panelist include Dr. Ashmeet Oberoi, National Mentoring Resource Center Research Board member and […]

By November 30, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Mentor Toolkit: Open doors for mentees with an ecomap

Mentor Toolkit: Open doors for mentees with an ecomap

#EverydayMentoring Weekly Tip from The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern PA  Helping youth network can be frustrating when you aren’t sure how to connect kids to key people who can help them achieve their goals. But it isn’t always as difficult as it seems! One approach that can make this process easier is to develop an ecomap. […]

By November 9, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Webinar for National Mentoring Month:  Mentoring in Real Life

Webinar for National Mentoring Month: Mentoring in Real Life

Thursday, November 17, 2016 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM Eastern Time Planning for National Mentoring Month recruitment this January? Join our webinar this November to learn best practices for amplifying your voice during this yearly public awareness campaign. The following panelists will share tips for a successful 2017 campaign: Sarah Boison, Manager, Digital Strategy, America’s Promise […]

By October 26, 2016 0 Comments Read More →