Child-focused Prevention

What Poverty Does to the Young Brain

What Poverty Does to the Young Brain

BY MADELINE OSTRANDER For a growing child, deprivation and stress can become a kind of neurotoxin. Barrier Status: ‘none’ The brain’s foundation, frame, and walls are built in the womb. As an embryo grows into a fetus, some of its dividing cells turn into neurons, arranging themselves into layers and forming the first synapses, the […]

Teaching Social Skills to Improve Grades and Lives

Teaching Social Skills to Improve Grades and Lives

FIXES By DAVID BORNSTEIN JULY 24, 2015  In the early 1990s, about 50 kindergarten teachers were asked to rate the social and communication skills of 753 children in their classrooms. It was part of the Fast Track Project, an intervention and study administered in Durham, N.C., Nashville, Seattle and central Pennsylvania. The goals were to […]

Why the #IfIDieInPoliceCustody Hashtag is Wake-Up Call For Mentoring:  Three ways Mentoring can Become More Critical Now

Why the #IfIDieInPoliceCustody Hashtag is Wake-Up Call For Mentoring: Three ways Mentoring can Become More Critical Now

by Torie Weiston, Ph.D. Soon after the news that Sandra Bland, a Black woman arrested in Texas, had died in police custody, the hashtag #IfIDieInPoliceCustody began to trend on Twitter. This hashtag is another sobering reminder that the world we and more importantly, the youth we mentor, exist in is full of daunting and highly […]

Can “deep” relationships form in e-mentoring programs?

Can “deep” relationships form in e-mentoring programs?

by Kevin O’Neill – Associate Professor, Education and Technology, Simon Fraser University Throughout my career, I have been developing, running, and studying a series of small school-based e-mentoring programs (each generally serving less than 100 youth) over the years. I began this work around 1993, and from the beginning my inclination was that face-to-face mentoring would be preferable wherever it was […]

Five Soft Skills that help youth succeed at work

Five Soft Skills that help youth succeed at work

 From Child Trends Youth worldwide are finding it increasingly hard to enter and be successful in the workforce. Global youth unemployment stands at a staggering 75 million and the number is rising. Over the past 20 years, as the workforce has modernized around the world, soft skills-the skills, competencies, behaviors, attitudes, and personal qualities that […]

Let’s work together to truly bring mentoring relationships to scale

Let’s work together to truly bring mentoring relationships to scale

By Michael Garringer, MENTOR, Director of Knowledge Management The recent “Real Mentoring Gap” article summarized a lot of what MENTOR has been discussing, both internally and with key external partners, since The Mentoring Effect report was released. A few quick thoughts: – While the percentage of American youth who get their mentoring solely from a […]

Things May Fall Apart but You Will Make it Through with a Little Help from your Family, Friends, Teachers, and School

Things May Fall Apart but You Will Make it Through with a Little Help from your Family, Friends, Teachers, and School

We are pleased to feature this thoughtful essay about first generation college students from Professor Margarita Azmitia. Dr. Azmitia grew up in Guatemala and is a Professor of Psychology at the University of California at Santa Cruz. She studies how family, peer, schools, and communities contour adolescents and young adults educational and identity pathways, adolescents’ friendships, […]

Tactful mentors: A mentor is often someone older, but must she also be wiser?   

Tactful mentors: A mentor is often someone older, but must she also be wiser?  

When I train mentors, especially those with considerable life and work experience, or when I discuss training with mentoring professionals who provide training to such mentors in their programs, I try to make clear my belief that mentors need to know that a youth mentor’s job is not to “talk at” or “inform” the mentee […]

Should mentors be compensated? Two experts weigh in

Should mentors be compensated? Two experts weigh in

Professor Timothy Cavell is the Director of Clinical Training at the University of Arkansas. He is also the Director of the Center for Research on Aggression and Victimization (CRAV). Primarily, CRAV’s researchers are interested in the development of effective interventions for school age children that may be on their way to having problems as they grow. […]

A Fable About Mentoring and How to Be Close with Those We Love
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A Fable About Mentoring and How to Be Close with Those We Love

By Dr. Tim Cavell In a study done over 30 years ago, researchers pulled first graders from different classrooms and had them interact together in a new playgroup several days in a row. Selected were children who well liked by classmates and children who were actively disliked. Also in the playgroups were children who were […]