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New paper applies sociological concepts to mentoring programs

New paper applies sociological concepts to mentoring programs

Stanton-Salazar, R. (2016). Contributions of social capital theory and social network models in advancing the connection between students’ school-based learning and community-based opportunities for pursuing interest-driven learning. Paper presented at Power Brokers: Building Youth Social Capital through Connected Learning. University of California, Irvine.   Summarized by Justin Preston In a paper presented in the Fall […]

APA’s new survey on stress and technology use has implications for mentoring

APA’s new survey on stress and technology use has implications for mentoring

Written by Justin Preston Last week the American Psychological Association (APA) released the second part of their findings from their 1oth annual Stress in America survey. While the first part of the findings dealt with changing national politics, the economy, and other topics (see below for a link to the report on these findings), we […]

Diversity training can help, but it needs to be sustained
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Diversity training can help, but it needs to be sustained

Posted by Matthew Biddle Diversity training programs at work can build awareness of cultural differences, but often fall short at changing attitudes and behaviors. Published in Psychological Bulletin, the study finds diversity training can be successful—but that results vary widely based on the content and length of training and whether it was accompanied by other […]

New webinar 2/24: Ten Ways to Win the OJJDP Mentoring Grant
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New webinar 2/24: Ten Ways to Win the OJJDP Mentoring Grant

From MentoringCentral.net OJJDP mentoring grant proposals are due in less than a month – March 13th. A couple of points on your proposal can be the difference between $5 million and nothing. We can help you win those crucial couple of extra points. Our experts at Mentoring Central will offer a free webinar showing you […]

New research demonstrates connection between mentoring benefits and relationship stage
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New research demonstrates connection between mentoring benefits and relationship stage

DeWit, D., DuBois, D., Erdem, G., Larose, S. & Lipman, E. (2016). The role of program-supported relationships in promoting youth mental health, behavioral and developmental outcomes. Prevention Science, 17, 646-657. DOI 10.1007/s11121-016-0663-2 Summarized by Justin Preston   Introduction Recent meta-analyses of mentoring research have found that youth paired with a caring, non-parental adult experience a […]

Using trauma-informed practices in your program? New research has created a scale to determine satisfaction
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Using trauma-informed practices in your program? New research has created a scale to determine satisfaction

Goodman, L. A., Sullivan, C. M., Serrata, J., Perilla, J., Wilson, J. M., Fauci, J. E., & DiGiovanni, C. D. (2016). Development and validation of the Trauma-Informed Practice Scales. Journal of Community Psychology, 44(6), 747-764. doi: 10.1002/jcop.21799 Summarized by Jessica Cunningham   Background: The past several decades have seen a sharp increase on trauma research, […]

Mindfulness can make mentees more receptive to health advice
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Mindfulness can make mentees more receptive to health advice

Posted by Ashton Yount on futurity.org When you hear health messages—such as quit smoking or get more exercise—do you feel motivated or ashamed? A new study suggests how we react may depend on how mindful we are. According to Yoona Kang, a postdoctoral fellow at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, […]

Literature, music, and an earnest mentor make the difference

Literature, music, and an earnest mentor make the difference

The First Time an Adult Took Me Seriously By WILL SHEFF, originally posted in the New York Times I grew up on the grounds of a New Hampshire prep school where both my parents taught. It was my whole universe. I ate every dinner in the school cafeteria. I knew the secret passages, the hidden […]

For graduate students: Seven steps to finding the right advisor

For graduate students: Seven steps to finding the right advisor

Written by Laura Zimmerman, PhD Undergraduate students who want to pursue psychology research careers often believe that where they choose to go to graduate school is the most important decision they’ll make about their education. While that is one key factor, choosing the right advisor can be even more crucial. Advisors serve as supervisors and […]

New research observes combination of peer youth mentoring and multimedia

New research observes combination of peer youth mentoring and multimedia

Bowers, E. P., Hilliard, L. J., Batanova, M., Stacey, D. C., Tirrell, J. M., Wartella, K., & Lerner, R. M. (2016). The Arthur Interactive Media Study: Initial findings from a cross-age peer mentoring and digital media-based character development program. Journal of Youth Development, 10(3), 46-63. Summarized by Matthew Hagler   Introduction Over the past 20 years, both […]