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The critical ingredient of youth programs –natural mentors

The critical ingredient of youth programs –natural mentors

Schwartz, S. E. O., Chan, C. S., Rhodes, J. E. & Scales, P. C. (2013). Community developmental assets and positive youth development: The role of natural mentors. Research in Human Development, 10(2), 141-162. Summarized by Jessica Cunningham, B.A. Lab Manager, Center of Evidence-Based Mentoring Introduction: Ironically enough, many people who would fit the definition of […]

Without mentoring, girls lose interest in STEM fields

Without mentoring, girls lose interest in STEM fields

Stoeger, H., Duan, X., Schimer, S., Greindl, T., & Ziegler, A. (2013). The effectiveness of a one-year online mentoring program for girls in STEM. Computers & Education, 69, 408-418. Summarized by Jessica Cunningham, B.A. Lab Manager, Center of Evidence-Based Mentoring Introduction: As you may have already heard, women are highly under-represented in the fields of […]

Strategies to improve educational outcomes for youth with childhood-onset chronic illness should include interventions that promote school connectedness, and mentoring relationships

Strategies to improve educational outcomes for youth with childhood-onset chronic illness should include interventions that promote school connectedness, and mentoring relationships

Maslow, G., Haydon, A. A., McRee, A. L. Halpern, C. T. (2012). Protective connections and educational attainment among young adults with childhood-onset chronic illness. Journal of School Health, 82(8), 364-370. Summarized by Jessica Cunningham, B.A. Lab Manager, Center of Evidence-Based Mentoring Introduction: Childhood-onset chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, cancer, heart conditions, and epilepsy can wreak […]

Latino children who suffer from undiagnosed mental health problems benefit from mentoring programs

Latino children who suffer from undiagnosed mental health problems benefit from mentoring programs

Montanez, E., Berger-Jenkins, E., Rodriguez, J., McCord, M., & Meyer, D. (2015). Turn 2 Us: Outcomes of an urban elementary school-based mental health promotion and prevention program serving ethnic minority youths. Children & Schools,  37(2), 100-107. doi: http://dx.doi.org/cs/cdv004 Summarized by Jessica Cunningham, B.A., Lab Manager, Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring Introduction: Many of us know a child who […]

Youth with spinal cord injuries improve quality of life with a model mentoring program called “Back on Track”

Youth with spinal cord injuries improve quality of life with a model mentoring program called “Back on Track”

Shem, K., Medel, R., Wright, J., Kolakowsky-Hayner, S. A., & Duong, T. (2011). Return to work and school: A model mentoring program for youth and young adults with spinal cord injury. Spinal Cord, 49(4), 544-549. Summarized by Jessica Cunningham, B. A., Lab Manager, Center of Evidence-Based Mentoring   Introduction:  People who become disabled in adolescence and […]

Doctoral Fellowship Opportunity at Portland State University!

Doctoral Fellowship Opportunity at Portland State University!

The School of Social Work at Portland State University has announced The Campbell Doctoral Fellowship in Mentoring Research The Campbell Fellowship will be awarded to a student entering the Ph.D. program of the PSU School of Social Work who has a background in child and youth development and who plans to pursue research on mentoring […]

New research highlights role of mentoring in positive emotional development for boys

New research highlights role of mentoring in positive emotional development for boys

Exploring relationships among boys and men: A retrospective, qualitative study of a multi-year community-based group mentoring program Mark J Van Ryzin, Oregon Research Institute Secondary Education, Developmental Psychology Summarized by Jessica Cunningham, B. A., Lab Manager, Center of Evidence-Based Mentoring   Introduction: You may have experienced multiple occasions of individuals within the community that often associate […]

Youth aging out of foster care may have a more difficult time forming bonds with adults due to their experiences, having a mentor may act as a protective factor against the negative outcomes typically associated with having been in foster care

Youth aging out of foster care may have a more difficult time forming bonds with adults due to their experiences, having a mentor may act as a protective factor against the negative outcomes typically associated with having been in foster care

Thompson, A. E., Greeson, J. K. P., & Brunsink, A. M. (2016). Natural mentoring among older youth in and aging out of foster care: A systematic review. Children and Youth Services Review, 61, 40-50. Summarized by Jessica Cunningham, B.A. Lab Manager, Center of Evidence-Based Mentoring Introduction: Typically when people think of foster care youth, the […]

National Mentoring Day in the UK is October 27!

National Mentoring Day in the UK is October 27!

Written by Jessica Cunningham, B.A. Lab Manager, Center of Evidence-Based Mentoring National Mentoring Day in the United Kingdom is on October 27th and was founded by business mentor Chelsey Baker to help raise awareness of the benefits of both being mentored and the rewarding experience of mentoring others. The goals of the organization are threefold: […]

LGBTQ Terms That Every Mentor Should Know

LGBTQ Terms That Every Mentor Should Know

Fenway Health recommends that its providers maintain a level of cultural competence in order to best serve their LGBTQ clients, and one element of this is having a working vocabulary surrounding LGBTQ life and health. In the same spirit during National LGBTQ History Month, mentors should also work to build vocabulary around LGBTQ issues in […]