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New Evidence Review on Mentoring Immigrant and Refugee Youth

New Evidence Review on Mentoring Immigrant and Refugee Youth

Written by Michael Garringer As part of our ongoing series of reviews on the evidence for specific mentoring models or mentoring various youth populations, the National Mentoring Resource Center is happy to announce the release of Mentoring for First-Generation Immigrant and Refugee Youth authored by Dr. Ashmeet Oberoi of the University of Miami. This review […]

Research review: Mentoring for LGBTQI-GNC Youth
By September 26, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Research review: Mentoring for LGBTQI-GNC Youth

The National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC) has published the latest installment in their series: Mentoring Model/Population Review. The September 2016 iteration is a review of the latest research on the subject of mentoring youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, and gender nonconforming (LGBTQI-GNC). Written by Christian L. Rummell, the review spans nearly […]

How do we know that mentoring works?: The many benefits of experimental designs

How do we know that mentoring works?: The many benefits of experimental designs

by Adar Ben-Eliyahu, Ph.D. How do we know that mentoring works? How do we know that a child would not have improved anyways? The best way to understand whether programs affect youth outcomes is to compare groups of children who are the same in every way—except that some have been randomly assigned to receive mentoring […]

What’s the difference between dependent and independent variables?
By February 9, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

What’s the difference between dependent and independent variables?

by Adar Ben-Eliyahu Independent Variables Independent variables are the characteristics that we think predict the outcomes of interest. In mentoring research, we might think that such factors as the mentors’ age, the youth gender, the quality of the relationship, and the programs’ level of supervision would predict better youth outcomes. In this case, those factors […]

Five important ways that mentors help youth regulate their emotions

Five important ways that mentors help youth regulate their emotions

Emotion Regulation in Mentoring Relationships by  Ben-Eliyahu, Ph.D. Long ago, psychologists recognized the important role that emotions can play in shaping the quality of our relationships and, more generally, our life courses. Emotions spark the bond between parents and their newborns; they attract romantic partners and they draw us to certain activities and deter us […]

The Value of Researcher-Practitioner Conversations

The Value of Researcher-Practitioner Conversations

 by Michael Garringer I was thrilled to see that the Chronicle had posted an announcement about the 2015 Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring this week. We are really excited at MENTOR to be partnering with Portland State University and Dr. Tom Keller in putting on this event, which will focus this year on research and […]

“No Impact Man” speaks. The environmental case for youth mentoring
By December 16, 2014 3 Comments Read More →

“No Impact Man” speaks. The environmental case for youth mentoring

We are delighted to have Colin Beavan contribute to the Chronicle. Colin Beavan, PhD, is a writer, speaker, consultant, life coach, and activist. He is the author of the book No Impact Man and subject of the documentary by the same name. His work has been covered in countless publications from the New York Times […]

Q & A with Professor Buffy Smith, author of new book that explores mentoring high risk college students
By August 15, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Q & A with Professor Buffy Smith, author of new book that explores mentoring high risk college students

The Hidden Curriculum Charlie Tyson (reposted from Inside Higher Education) In recent years, many colleges and universities have turned to mentoring programs in an attempt to retain underperforming students. Federally supported mentoring programs have been around since the Higher Education Act of 1965, which created student services programs such as Upward Bound, said Stephanie Gordon, vice […]

What is person-centered analysis?

What is person-centered analysis?

Within quantitative research, most analyses can be grouped into two main types of analyses: person-centered and variable-centered. Both types of analyses use quantitative variables, and are therefore considered quantitative. Thinking about variable-centered analyses seems more intuitive. Variable-Centered analyses are ones that treat each variable (or characteristic) as related to another variable. For example whether mentoring is related […]

What is a path model?

What is a path model?

by Adar Ben-Eliyahu Path Models A path model depicts the causal relations between characteristics of interest (variables). In general, path models are read from left to right, with the variables on the left (independent variables) predicting the outcome variable on the right. There are specific rules for drawing path models. For example, arrows can be single […]