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Talking to teens about online experiences?

Talking to teens about online experiences?

New research shows that keeping your cool and hearing them out can pay dividends for communication Posted by Matt Swayne Teens rarely talk to their parents about potentially risky online experiences, according to new research. “There seems to be a disconnect between what types of situations teens experience every day and what types of experiences […]

For teen mothers, nurses act as mentoring resource

For teen mothers, nurses act as mentoring resource

Schaffer, M. A., & Mbibi, N. (2014). Public health nurse mentorship of pregnant and parenting adolescents. Public Health Nursing, 31(5), 428-437. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/phn.12109 Summarized by Jessica Cunningham Background: Adolescent parents are more likely to experience challenges in parenting due to their lack of emotional maturity, social support, economic support, and lack of education on how to […]

Policy Corner: Janet Forbush on latest policy implications for mentoring

Policy Corner: Janet Forbush on latest policy implications for mentoring

Written by Janet Forbush, Senior Advisor with the Center for the Advancement of Mentoring March 2017 Introduction: The frenzy of current public policy activity at all levels of government as well as in the private sector has set an entirely new stage for what we have come to know as “March Madness.”  Though readers of […]

The messenger matters: New research shows peers better than teachers at academic motivation

The messenger matters: New research shows peers better than teachers at academic motivation

Posted by Andy Henion “Why do I have to learn this?” is a common question among young adults. New research suggests an answer from their peers has more weight than one from their teachers. University students who received a rationale for why learning is important from people similar to them—in this case actors posing as young professionals—wrote […]

Registration now open: Jean Rhodes Short Course & Mentoring Meet and Match Brussels!

Registration now open: Jean Rhodes Short Course & Mentoring Meet and Match Brussels!

Two new and exciting events are now open for registration 1) Short Course on evaluation and monitoring lead by Prof. Jean Rhodes May 10-11, 2017, a Short Course is being offered to practitioners and researchers. This Short Course will be led by Prof. Jean Rhodes, Editor of the Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring, and includes best […]

Chicago documentary looks to inspire others to mentor youth

Chicago documentary looks to inspire others to mentor youth

Eye opening film on at-risk youth told through lens of one Chicago counselor. Chicago’s inner city is in crisis and our nation is watching. One positive solution that has gained traction is the importance of mentoring at-risk youth long term and on a large scale. In September 2016, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a $36 million mentoring initiative from the […]

New research takes an ecological perspective of mentor satisfaction

New research takes an ecological perspective of mentor satisfaction

Suffrin, R., Todd, N. & Sanchez, B. (2016). An ecological perspective of mentor satisfaction with their youth mentoring relationships. Journal of Community Psychology, 44(5), 553-568. DOI: 10.1002/jcop.21785 Summarized by Justin Preston Introduction Previous mentoring research has shown that youth mentoring can serve as an important intervention for promoting positive youth outcomes across a variety of […]

New research shows teen dating violence contributes to a cycle of violence later in life

New research shows teen dating violence contributes to a cycle of violence later in life

Posted by Lisa Chedekel, Boston University Violence in early dating experiences can contribute to “a cycle of interpersonal violence through adulthood,” experts warn. For a new study, researchers analyzed data from a nationally representative sample of US high school and middle school students, ages 12 to 17, who were followed into adulthood 5 and 12 […]

Activity tied to greater happiness: Implications for mentoring relationships

Activity tied to greater happiness: Implications for mentoring relationships

By Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times When people get up and move, even a little, they tend to be happier than when they are still, according to an interesting new study that used cellphone data to track activities and moods. In general, the researchers found, people who move are more content than people who sit. […]

New Research investigates impacts of vocational peer mentors on emerging adults with mental illness

New Research investigates impacts of vocational peer mentors on emerging adults with mental illness

Klodnick, V. V., Sabrella, K., Brenner, C. J., Krzos, I. M., Ellison, M. L., Kaiser, S. M., Davis, M. & Fagan, M. A. (2015). Perspectives of young emerging adults with serious mental health conditions on vocational peer mentors. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 23(4), 226-237. Doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1063426614565052 Summarized by Jessica Cunningham   Background: Emerging […]