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A hidden benefit of cross-race/culture mentoring

A hidden benefit of cross-race/culture mentoring

How Diversity Makes Us Smarter Being around people who are different from us makes us more creative, more diligent and harder-working By Katherine W. Phillips (from Scientific American) Credit: Edel Rodriguez In Brief Decades of research by organizational scientists, psychologists, sociologists, economists and demographers show that socially diverse groups (that is, those with a diversity of […]

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New research on toxic stress and poverty: Implications for practice

New research on toxic stress and poverty: Implications for practice

by Venessa Marks and Julie Novak This post is part of a three-post series on toxic stress. The first post explains what toxic stress is and why it matters for youth mentoring programs, and this second post highlights what professional staff needs to know about toxic stress. A third will discuss recent programmatic innovations related to […]

New Evidence Review on Mentoring Immigrant and Refugee Youth

New Evidence Review on Mentoring Immigrant and Refugee Youth

Written by Michael Garringer As part of our ongoing series of reviews on the evidence for specific mentoring models or mentoring various youth populations, the National Mentoring Resource Center is happy to announce the release of Mentoring for First-Generation Immigrant and Refugee Youth authored by Dr. Ashmeet Oberoi of the University of Miami. This review […]

New Mentoring Research

New research demonstrates connection between mentoring benefits and relationship stage

New research demonstrates connection between mentoring benefits and relationship stage

DeWit, D., DuBois, D., Erdem, G., Larose, S. & Lipman, E. (2016). The role of program-supported relationships in promoting youth mental health, behavioral and developmental outcomes. Prevention Science, 17, 646-657. DOI 10.1007/s11121-016-0663-2 Summarized by Justin Preston   Introduction Recent meta-analyses of mentoring research have found that youth paired with a caring, non-parental adult experience a […]

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Using trauma-informed practices in your program? New research has created a scale to determine satisfaction

Using trauma-informed practices in your program? New research has created a scale to determine satisfaction

Goodman, L. A., Sullivan, C. M., Serrata, J., Perilla, J., Wilson, J. M., Fauci, J. E., & DiGiovanni, C. D. (2016). Development and validation of the Trauma-Informed Practice Scales. Journal of Community Psychology, 44(6), 747-764. doi: 10.1002/jcop.21799 Summarized by Jessica Cunningham   Background: The past several decades have seen a sharp increase on trauma research, […]

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New research observes combination of peer youth mentoring and multimedia

New research observes combination of peer youth mentoring and multimedia

Bowers, E. P., Hilliard, L. J., Batanova, M., Stacey, D. C., Tirrell, J. M., Wartella, K., & Lerner, R. M. (2016). The Arthur Interactive Media Study: Initial findings from a cross-age peer mentoring and digital media-based character development program. Journal of Youth Development, 10(3), 46-63. Summarized by Matthew Hagler   Introduction Over the past 20 years, both […]

Research From Related Fields

Diversity training can help, but it needs to be sustained

Diversity training can help, but it needs to be sustained

Posted by Matthew Biddle Diversity training programs at work can build awareness of cultural differences, but often fall short at changing attitudes and behaviors. Published in Psychological Bulletin, the study finds diversity training can be successful—but that results vary widely based on the content and length of training and whether it was accompanied by other […]

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Mindfulness can make mentees more receptive to health advice

Mindfulness can make mentees more receptive to health advice

Posted by Ashton Yount on futurity.org When you hear health messages—such as quit smoking or get more exercise—do you feel motivated or ashamed? A new study suggests how we react may depend on how mindful we are. According to Yoona Kang, a postdoctoral fellow at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, […]

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Mentor awareness: Girls may be discouraged from “brilliance” at a young age

Mentor awareness: Girls may be discouraged from “brilliance” at a young age

Posted by James Devitt, NYU By the age of six, girls become less likely than boys to associate brilliance with their own gender and are more likely to avoid anything they think may require it. A new study published in the journal Science shows how early gender stereotypes take hold and suggests that they may […]

Profiles in Mentoring

Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Jean Rhodes and Audrey Wittrup

Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Jean Rhodes and Audrey Wittrup

Written by Justin Preston The following is an excerpted conversation held with Jean Rhodes, Ph.D., and her daughter, Audrey Wittrup, M.A.. Jean is the Frank L. Boyden Professor of Psychology at UMass Boston and Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring. Audrey is a doctoral student in clinical psychology at the University of Virginia. Audrey […]

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Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with MENTOR’s Michael Garringer on his work translating research into practice

Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with MENTOR’s Michael Garringer on his work translating research into practice

Written by Jelle de Graaf and Vera van den Berg Michael Garringer is the Director of Knowledge Management for The National Mentoring Partnership, MENTOR. Michael has played a vital role in the development of youth mentoring program supports for many years. One of the crucial roles Michael has within this field is the translation of […]

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 […]

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News & Funding Opportunities

New Book “Teach to Work” seeks to bridge education-business gap through mentoring

New Book “Teach to Work” seeks to bridge education-business gap through mentoring

by Patty Alper Mentoring transforms lives. I have learned this firsthand through the eyes of six hundred inner city students I have had the privilege of mentoring over the last fifteen years. In Teach to Work, I will show how you can improve the lives of high school, community college, or university students, while simultaneously […]

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Literature, music, and an earnest mentor make the difference

Literature, music, and an earnest mentor make the difference

The First Time an Adult Took Me Seriously By WILL SHEFF, originally posted in the New York Times I grew up on the grounds of a New Hampshire prep school where both my parents taught. It was my whole universe. I ate every dinner in the school cafeteria. I knew the secret passages, the hidden […]

European Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring releases inaugural newsletter!

European Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring releases inaugural newsletter!

Written by Justin Preston It is with great excitement that we share the news: Our friends and colleagues at the European Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring (ECEBM) have launched their inaugural newsletter! As part of the ongoing effort to expand the understanding and implementation of mentoring, the Boston-based Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring (CEBM) is partnering with […]

Webinars, Podcasts & Forums

New webinar 2/24: Ten Ways to Win the OJJDP Mentoring Grant

New webinar 2/24: Ten Ways to Win the OJJDP Mentoring Grant

From MentoringCentral.net OJJDP mentoring grant proposals are due in less than a month – March 13th. A couple of points on your proposal can be the difference between $5 million and nothing. We can help you win those crucial couple of extra points. Our experts at Mentoring Central will offer a free webinar showing you […]

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Webinar – Girls of Color ROCK: How Mentoring Programs Help to Empower, Encourage and Energize Our Girls

Webinar – Girls of Color ROCK: How Mentoring Programs Help to Empower, Encourage and Energize Our Girls

Thursday, February 16, 2017 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM Eastern Time From conflicts with peers to dating to self-esteem and identity issues – girls of color often come to us with hard questions and even harder life situations. Sometimes we have clear distinct answers; often we do not. But the success and power of mentoring programs […]

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Webinar – Developing Noncognitive Skills to Support Young People’s Achievements

Webinar – Developing Noncognitive Skills to Support Young People’s Achievements

Thursday, January 19, 2017 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM Eastern Time A young person’s success is determined by more than just academic prowess. A myriad of skills, including perseverance, emotional competence, and goal-setting, contribute to a young person’s achievements in school, the workplace, and beyond. Join Celeste Janssen, Director of the Institute for Youth Success at […]

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