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Research review: Mentoring for LGBTQI-GNC Youth

Research review: Mentoring for LGBTQI-GNC Youth

The National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC) has published the latest installment in their series: Mentoring Model/Population Review. The September 2016 iteration is a review of the latest research on the subject of mentoring youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, and gender nonconforming (LGBTQI-GNC). Written by Christian L. Rummell, the review spans nearly […]

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Making effective match support and closure practices a bigger priority in youth mentoring programs

Making effective match support and closure practices a bigger priority in youth mentoring programs

Reflections from the 2016 Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring Written by Mike Garringer, MENTOR One of the defining phrases of the modern youth mentoring movement has been “fervor without infrastructure.” This concept, applied to the emerging youth mentoring field in Marc Freedman’s landmark 1991 book The Kindness of Strangers, articulated an essential tension that was […]

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How can mentors serve as advocates for GLBTQ youth?

How can mentors serve as advocates for GLBTQ youth?

  By Christian Rummell I remember the deep sense of “otherness” that I felt as a kid struggling to figure out who I was. I remember the bullying, the constant fear of being judged, and the days that I attempted to hide my tears until I made it through the front doors of my old […]

New Mentoring Research

Mentors give a lift to a student’s five C’s

Mentors give a lift to a student’s five C’s

Erdem, G., DuBois, D. L., Larose, S., Wit, D., & Lipman, E. L. (2016). Mentoring relationships, positive development, youth emotional and behavioral problems: Investigation of a mediational model. Journal of Community Psychology, 44(4), 464-483. Summarized by Matthew Hagler Introduction Transition into adolescence brings increased risk for a range of mental health and behavioral problems, ranging from anxiety […]

By September 2, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Boosting the grade for school-based mentoring: Training and focus are key

Boosting the grade for school-based mentoring: Training and focus are key

Written by Marisa Ramirez Mentoring programs for school-aged children have grown in the past two decades, but their effectiveness has not kept pace with their popularity. A study from the University of Houston College of Education finds school-based mentoring programs fail because they lack sufficient time, mentor training and a research foundation. “While community-based mentoring […]

Mentoring For Black Male Youth

Mentoring For Black Male Youth

Group Review Board Bernadette Sanchez, PhD (DePaul University) National Mentoring Resource Center This review examines research on mentoring for Blacki boys and is organized around four topics: a) its documented effectiveness; b) the extent to which mentor, youth, and program characteristics influence effectiveness; c) the processes that link mentoring to outcomes in Black male youth; […]

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Research From Related Fields

With friends like these: Research identifies likely source of teen cyberbullying

With friends like these: Research identifies likely source of teen cyberbullying

Written by Matthew Swayne, futurity.org   Past or present friendship or dating makes cyberbullying much more likely to occur between two teenagers, new research shows. “A common concern regarding cyberbullying is that strangers can attack someone, but here we see evidence that there are significant risks associated with close connections,” says Diane Felmlee, professor of […]

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Social media and body issues in youth: Why mentors are well-suited to intervene

Social media and body issues in youth: Why mentors are well-suited to intervene

Written by Allison Hydzik   Young adults who log onto social media sites frequently throughout the week or spend hours trawling various social feeds during the day may be at greater risk of eating and body image concerns, according to a new study. Gender, specific age, race, and income did not influence the association—all demographic […]

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Want to get the most from a college internship? Add a mentor.

Want to get the most from a college internship? Add a mentor.

David Orenstein, Brown University College students who do summer research often say it was time well spent, but a new study offers hard data on exactly which components and experiences proved valuable and how. The study involved 450 participants in the Summer Research Early Identification Program of The Leadership Alliance, a national partnership among universities […]

Profiles in Mentoring

A conversation with Dr. Belle Liang: The intersection of positive female youth development and mentoring

A conversation with Dr. Belle Liang: The intersection of positive female youth development and mentoring

Written by Sam Burton Dr. Belle Liang is an Associate Professor in the Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology Department at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education. Dr. Liang is a member of the Research and Policy Council of MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership and Advisory Board of the National Cadre of Mentoring Researchers. As a national expert […]

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Profiles in Mentoring: A Conversation with Johanna Greeson on Natural Mentoring and Foster Care

Profiles in Mentoring: A Conversation with Johanna Greeson on Natural Mentoring and Foster Care

by Kate Powers Introduction: Johanna Greeson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Greeson received her MSW from Bryn Mawr College in 1999, and then returned to school for a PhD in social work from UNC-Chapel Hill, which she received in 2009. Dr. Greeson […]

A conversation with Jefferson Singer: The Posse Scholar campus mentoring program

A conversation with Jefferson Singer: The Posse Scholar campus mentoring program

By Justin Preston This week we sat down with Jefferson Singer, Faulk Foundation Professor of Psychology and Dean of the College at Connecticut College. Dean Singer has been serving as a faculty mentor and now director of the Connecticut College chapter of the Posse Scholar program for several years. Since 1989, the nationwide Posse Foundation […]

News & Funding Opportunities

The Coach’s influence off the field

The Coach’s influence off the field

By ELIZABETH BERNSTEIN Wall Street Journal Aug. 1, 2016 1:52 p.m. ET There is a special man who’s changed my life recently, and he says these things to me: “You rock!” “Great job in difficult circumstances.” “You should be really proud of yourself.” He’s my scuba instructor. A great sports instructor or coach builds us […]

A one-two combo: Mentoring and boxing guiding the next generation

A one-two combo: Mentoring and boxing guiding the next generation

by Michael Minahan, Washington Post About a year after he got out of Jessup [Correctional Institution], Manigan walked into a gym set up at the former Gibbs School off Benning Road. There, he spotted Ragahleak “Peanut” Bartee, 9 years old, in the corner wrapping his hands. “I just looked at him, and I said, ‘There’s […]

Registration has opened for the 2016 Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota Annual Mentoring Caucus

Registration has opened for the 2016 Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota Annual Mentoring Caucus

Register Now for the 2016 Mentoring Caucus!       In 2016, the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota (MPM) is shaking up their traditional mentoring conference! Because 2016 is an election year, MPM calls upon you, our valued stakeholders, to join us for the 2016 Mentoring Caucus. This one-day conference will offer mentoring program and youth […]

Webinars, Podcasts & Forums

Capturing Youth Outcomes: An Introduction to the Measurement Guidance Toolkit for Mentoring Programs

Capturing Youth Outcomes: An Introduction to the Measurement Guidance Toolkit for Mentoring Programs

Thursday, September 15, 2016 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM Eastern Time Do you value continuous improvement? Are you working tirelessly to support high quality mentoring services and wondering about the impact of your services? Are you looking for valid and reliable tools to measure youth outcomes? If so then join us for the September installment of […]

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America’s Culture of Generosity — How Americans Choose Who to Donate To

America’s Culture of Generosity — How Americans Choose Who to Donate To

Do you want to be the charity of choice for donors? Join Gallup experts for a webinar on Thursday, June 30, as they look into the attitudes and behaviors of charitable donors and how donors choose who to donate to. Gain the practical advice you need to attract and engage donors. LEARN MORE AND REGISTER Webinar […]

Creating a culture of belonging: New study shows how mentors help reduce rejection sensitivity

Creating a culture of belonging: New study shows how mentors help reduce rejection sensitivity

by Jean E Rhodes In his excellent new book, “Helping Children Succeed,” author Paul Tough notes that a caring connection is a prerequisite for learning. Teachers who create warm, empathic classroom environments can, as David Brooks, recently noted in his discussion of the book, “guide [students] back toward calmness,…teachers who motivate their students to show up […]