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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 […]

Janet Forbush on policy measures impacting the mentoring field

Janet Forbush on policy measures impacting the mentoring field

Written by Janet Forbush, Senior Advisor with the Center for the Advancement of Mentoring Events at the national, state, and local levels over the past two months have brought a laser beam focus to the importance and often contentious environment surrounding public policy discussions in our country. As discussions among policymakers continue, the roles of […]

An Interview with Dr. Michelle Munson

An Interview with Dr. Michelle Munson

LY: As an expert on youth aging out of the child welfare system, what have you found to be the most important factors in youth making a “successful” transition into adulthood? MM: So many things go into making a “successful” transition to adulthood. We know that for all young people it takes a lot of […]

Being aware: New survey shows that teens in poverty more likely to go without food than their siblings

Being aware: New survey shows that teens in poverty more likely to go without food than their siblings

Posted by Jill Rosen-Futurity.org A survey of about 1,500 extremely disadvantaged families in Boston, Chicago, and San Antonio shows teenagers go without food twice as often as their younger brothers and sisters. Parents first deprive themselves, skipping meals to feed their children. But if there still isn’t enough for everyone, parents will feed younger children […]

NPR: Thoughts on mentoring needs from youths in the juvenile justice system

NPR: Thoughts on mentoring needs from youths in the juvenile justice system

Written by Cheryl Corley, NPR In Chicago, where the number of shootings last year soared, it’s often young people who become both perpetrators and victims. The Cook County Juvenile Justice Center holds about 200 to 300 young residents awaiting trial at the Temporary Detention Center. Among these residents are Leonard and Nigel, both 17 years […]

New research explores impacts of inconsistent support on youth transitions

New research explores impacts of inconsistent support on youth transitions

Fitzpatrick, J. P. (2015). Supporting young people in transition: Findings from a research study in Scotland. Relational Child & Youth Care Practice, 28(1), 31-36.   Summarized by Jessica Cunningham   Background: Children who are involved with social support services (i.e. the Department of Youth and Families in the United States) are vulnerable because they often […]