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Practice Corner: Parents are an important part of the equation

Practice Corner: Parents are an important part of the equation

An Important Part of the Equation By: Marty Martinez As practitioners fueling the mentoring movement, we’re all in the business of creating high quality and outcome-based mentoring relationships. In order to achieve that, programs work hard to create great quality matches that potentially can last a lifetime and have an important impact on the life […]

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The Narrative of Privilege

The Narrative of Privilege

By Atif Kukaswadia, PhD Posted: August 24, 2015 Public Health Perspectives ‘Miss,’ she said, as I bit my tongue. I was choking on the worst insult a female junior doctor can bear, ‘I know that crystal meth is really my problem. I’m going to quit the meth.’ ‘Love,’ I started, a reflex term of endearment for […]

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The perils of “Growth Mindset” education

The perils of “Growth Mindset” education

By ALFIE KOHN reposted from Salon.com One of the most popular ideas in education these days can be summarized in a single sentence (a fact that may help to account for its popularity).  Here’s the sentence: Kids tend to fare better when they regard intelligence and other abilities not as fixed traits that they either have or […]

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New Mentoring Research

The Long-Term Economic Benefits of Natural Mentoring Relationships for Youth

The Long-Term Economic Benefits of Natural Mentoring Relationships for Youth

 Timpe, Z. & Lunkenheimer, E. (2015) American Journal of Community Psychology. Sep2015, Vol. 56 Issue 1/2, p12-24. 13p. 3 Charts. DOI: 10.1007/s10464-015-9735-x from the abstract: Natural mentors have been shown to help improve psychological and educational outcomes of youth, and may serve an important role for youth experiencing risk in the home. Using data from […]

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It’s all about me! How narcissism affects mentoring relationships

It’s all about me! How narcissism affects mentoring relationships

Allen, T. D., Johnson, H., Rodopman, O. B., Ottinot, R. C., & Biga, A. (2009). Mentoring and protégé narcissistic entitlement. Journal of Career Development, 35, 385-405 Problem There has been relatively little research incorporating personality into the study of mentoring. Yet because personality characteristics influence individual behavior, as well as interpersonal interactions, they likely play a role in […]

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UK study explores mentoring the siblings of gang members

UK study explores mentoring the siblings of gang members

Medina, J., Ralphs, R., & Aldridge, J. (2012). Mentoring siblings of gang members: A template for reaching families of gang members? Children & Society, 26, 14-24. Problem: Mentoring components have been incorporated into programs across the U.S. to aid in community gang prevention. The current study investigates some of the larger issues surrounding these mentoring […]

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Research From Related Fields

In Katrina’s Aftermath, Psychologists Find Trauma As Well As Resilience

In Katrina’s Aftermath, Psychologists Find Trauma As Well As Resilience

“Natural disasters and other traumatic events could be engines of growth.” Carolyn Gregoire Senior Health + Science Writer, The Huffington Post Posted: 08/26/2015 10:31 AM EDT CREDIT: MARIO TAMA/GETTY IMAGES Ten years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans, forcing more than half a million residents to flee, psychologists are investigating the mental and […]

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New Study Suggests Shows Adolescent Friendships Linked to Adult Health

New Study Suggests Shows Adolescent Friendships Linked to Adult Health

Tom Jacobs, Pacific Standard For most people, adolescence is a period of life marked by intense friendships, as well as a strong bias toward conformity. Fitting in with our peers is an urgent need, and we’re generally willing to damp down our individuality in order to do so. Newly published research suggests there is a […]

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Talk about problems? Boys say why bother.

Talk about problems? Boys say why bother.

U. MISSOURI (US) — Boys avoid discussing problems not because of some sense of embarrassment, but because they believe that doing so is a waste of time, according to a new study. “For years, popular psychologists have insisted that boys and men would like to talk about their problems but are held back by fears […]

By August 19, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Profiles in Mentoring

My mentor, every day, dressed up like a giant bird.

My mentor, every day, dressed up like a giant bird.

Melissa Reese PR & Social Media Specialist at Sylvia Marketing & Public Relations An Unlikely #Mentor Sep 1, 2015 Almost 10 years ago, I was introduced to a person that would alter my trajectory in such a colossal way I am still discovering the impact he made. He wasn’t a top level executive, or boasting a […]

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My mentor kisses pigs: Does Your Mentor Go to Great Lengths?

My mentor kisses pigs: Does Your Mentor Go to Great Lengths?

by Elizabeth Brajevich, Undergradate at Michigan State University Dr.  Laurie Thorp is the director of RISE, the Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment at my college, Michigan State University. She has been my academic adviser, teacher, and mentor for three years. My ears perked up when she announced an opportunity for my freshman year cohort […]

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Shaquille O’Neil pays tribute to “the reason I have become the man I am”

Shaquille O’Neil pays tribute to “the reason I have become the man I am”

To My brother’s keeper, Uncle Mike by Shaquille O’Neil There are some people that we are just meant to experience life with. When those people happen to be in your family, the world can seem a lot less scary. With these mentors in our corner, we are raised with the determination and confidence to realize […]

News & Funding Opportunities

How sports participation can foster leadership and success

How sports participation can foster leadership and success

“Homeroom” The Official blog of the U.S. Department of Education Recently, ED [the Department of Education] invited student athletes from Urban Squash to speak about how they can use sports for leadership development and academic success. The organization is a youth development program that combines the sport of squash with academics, mentoring, community service, and […]

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada announces new president and CEO

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada announces new president and CEO

August 17, 2015 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada (BBBSC) Board Chair, Bill Adams is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Coleridge as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective October 12, 2015.  Prior to joining BBBSC, Mr. Coleridge was the  National CEO, Canadian Mental Health Association where he led the development and implementation […]

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United Way: Mentors always in demand

United Way: Mentors always in demand

Sandy Leske, For Sheboygan Press Media 12:18 p.m. CDT August 16, 2015 Mentors play an amazingly positive role in the lives of youth and research confirms what we know — that mentoring works. The 2013 study “The Role of Risk: Mentoring Experiences and Outcomes for Youth with Varying Risk Profiles” examined mentoring program relationships, experiences […]

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Webinars, Podcasts & Forums

Next Live Webinar:  Cultural and Class Conflicts in Mentor-Mentee Matches: Strategies for Mentoring Organizations and Professionals

Next Live Webinar: Cultural and Class Conflicts in Mentor-Mentee Matches: Strategies for Mentoring Organizations and Professionals

Cultural and Class Conflicts in Mentor-Mentee Matches: Strategies for Mentoring Organizations and Professionals September 17, 2015 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EDT REGISTER NOW Far too many of us are uncomfortable discussing race, culture and class. Responding to conflict of “cultural and class tension” can be challenging for even the most experienced professional, but lack […]

By August 26, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Andy Mecca on the Mentoring Today podcast

Andy Mecca on the Mentoring Today podcast

Listen to Vince Reardon, host of Mentoring Today, interview Andy Mecca on “Providing Youth with Tools for a Lifetime of Achievement” on Thursday, August 20 at 2:00 p.m. ET on Blog Talk Radio. Mecca is uniquely qualified to discuss guiding youth to achievement. He is author of 12 books about youth development, drug prevention, and mentoring young adults, including […]

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New video underscores importance of children’s relationships

New video underscores importance of children’s relationships

From the Harvard Center for the Developing Child Science tells us that the foundations of sound mental health are built early in life. Early experiences—including children’s relationships with parents, caregivers, relatives, teachers, and peers—interact with genes to shape the architecture of the developing brain. Disruptions in this developmental process can impair a child’s capacities for […]

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