Expert Corner

Do results apply to my program?: External validity, generalizability, and transferability refer to fairly similar ideas.

Do results apply to my program?: External validity, generalizability, and transferability refer to fairly similar ideas.

by Adar Ben-Eliyahu, Ph.D. Technically speaking there are slight differences in the definitions presented below: External validity– to what extent do the study findings apply to other programs not studied within the particular study? Generalizability  - is this true for other similar programs? Transferability – can this be applied to other programs that are different? […]

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 […]

Teaching Students to Recruit Academic and Career Mentors:  Preliminary Results from a Pilot Intervention

Teaching Students to Recruit Academic and Career Mentors: Preliminary Results from a Pilot Intervention

by Sarah Schwartz, Ph.D. As we have written about before (see post), there is evidence to suggest that Youth Initiated Mentoring, as implemented by the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program, may be an effective approach to mentoring vulnerable adolescents. Under this model, youth nominate adults from their existing social networks to be their mentors, and […]

Forum

FORUM: When (and how) should mentoring programs disclose mentors’ personal information?

FORUM: When (and how) should mentoring programs disclose mentors’ personal information?

A colleague of mine recently shared an inquiry they had received from a local program that was thinking through an issue that had bubbled up: Should they tell mentees (or mentees’ parents) that a mentor is gay? And if so, why and when? This was a school-based program serving primarily younger elementary-age students and to […]

FORUM: Should mentors be compensated for their time?

FORUM: Should mentors be compensated for their time?

Do you think that mentors should be compensated for the time they put into working with youth.  Although more intensive programs are associated with better youth outcomes, programs must balance the potential benefits of more intensive relationships with potentially greater difficulty recruiting and retaining volunteer mentors. Some programs have addressed this tension by offering incentives […]

FORUM: How is your mentoring program collaborating in the community?

FORUM: How is your mentoring program collaborating in the community?

One of the more interesting, and potentially impactful, trends in the social sector over the last few years has been the rise of “collective impact” efforts in hundreds of communities across the United States. While mentoring programs and others who work with youth and families to build resiliency and promote lifelong success have always collaborated […]

New Mentoring Research

Study Finds Positive Physical and Mental Health Outcomes for Mentored foster Care Youth

Study Finds Positive Physical and Mental Health Outcomes for Mentored foster Care Youth

Ahrens, K. R., DuBois, D. L., Richardson, L. P., Fan, M. Y., & Lozano, P. (2008). Youth in foster care with adult mentors during adolescence have improved adult outcomes. Pediatrics, 121(2), e246-e252. Summarized by Elyssa Weber, UMB clinical psychology doctoral student Introduction: Young adults in foster care are more likely to have poorer physical and […]

Young, empathetic, and interested: A profile for volunteer mentors

Young, empathetic, and interested: A profile for volunteer mentors

Randle, M., Miller, L., Ciarrochi, J. and Dolnicar, S. (2014). A psychological profile of potential youth mentor volunteers. Journal of Community Psychology, 42, 338–351. Summarized by Melanie Feldman Introduction: There is ample support, anecdotal and evidence-based, for mentorship programs and the benefits they confer upon program mentees. However, little is known about the type of person […]

Types of Family Involvement across Mentoring Programs

Types of Family Involvement across Mentoring Programs

  Summarized by UMass Boston doctoral student, Stella Kanchewa, M.A. Spencer, R., & Basualdo-Delmonico, A. (2014). Family involvement in  the youth mentoring process: A focus group study with program staff. Children and Youth Services Review, 41, 75-82. Introduction: Formal youth mentoring typically emphasizes the relationship between a mentor and mentee, particularly efforts related to the […]

Research From Related Fields

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 […]

In US, 1 In 8 Youth are mistreated by age18

In US, 1 In 8 Youth are mistreated by age18

Posted by Karen Peart-Yale on June 9, 2014 For the study published in JAMA Pediatrics, researchers estimated the cumulative prevalence of confirmed childhood maltreatment by age 18 using the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System Child File, which includes information on all US children with a confirmed report of maltreatment. Analysis of data between […]

The importance of attachment styles in both adolescents and professional caregivers

The importance of attachment styles in both adolescents and professional caregivers

Zegers, M., Schuengel, C., van IJzendoorn, M., & Janssens, J. (2006). Attachment  representations of institutionalized adolescents and their professional caregivers:  Predicting the development of therapeutic relationships. American Journal of  Orthopsychiatry, 76 (3), 325-334.  Introduction: The quality of a therapeutic relationship has long been emphasized as one of the most  important predictors of positive change. Much […]

Profiles in Mentoring

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 […]

Meet Carol S. Dweck, whose research has implications for mentoring for STEM

Meet Carol S. Dweck, whose research has implications for mentoring for STEM

Carol S. Dweck, a psychologist at Stanford University, has done extensive research on why women tend to avoid careers in math and science. Her work has shown that women and girls who think that science and math ability are innate tend to perform worse and have less interest in those fields than females who believe […]

News & Resources

Next Webinar: Mentoring Youth With Mental Health Needs

Next Webinar: Mentoring Youth With Mental Health Needs

Thursday, August 21, 2014 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EDT In our society, people of all ages feel stigmatized because of a mental health issue. This shame and discomfort can be equally as applicable to young people facing other normal developmental challenges. Stigma may also result in not seeking treatment and it affects a lot […]

Webinar on Mentoring Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care

Webinar on Mentoring Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care

Thursday, July 17, 20141:00 PM – 2:15 PM EDT Register today! Youth aging out of foster care tend to experience homelessness, unemployment, incarceration, and early parenting at a higher rate than the average young adult of the same age. A caring mentor in the life of a foster care youth can assist with career exploration, […]

Citi Foundation Bets Big on Mentoring for At-Risk Youth

Citi Foundation Bets Big on Mentoring for At-Risk Youth

Michael Gentilucci (from Inside Philanthropy) Eariler this year, the Citi Foundation announced a $50 million, three-year initiative called Pathways to Progress, with the goal of providing entrepreneurship training, civic engagement opportunities, and summer employment to 100,000 low-income youth. The initial programs that the Citi Foundation decided to support as part of this initiative include ServiceWorks, which is focused […]