Tag: adolescents

Mentoring plays integral role in reducing gun violence in one of America’s most violent cities

Mentoring plays integral role in reducing gun violence in one of America’s most violent cities

By Wayne Drash and Tawanda Scott Sambou, CNN The four teens kick back and talk openly with their mentor. They discuss job opportunities, the need for support and the possibility of a trip out of state. They’re relaxing in the lobby of a city agency, one outfitted with a couch and wing chairs to make […]

Navigating internet risks: Mentors can help show the way

Navigating internet risks: Mentors can help show the way

Written by Matt Swayne The online world is full of risky situations for teens, but allowing them to gradually build their own coping strategies may be a better parental strategy than forbidding internet use, according to a team of researchers. The researchers, who monitored web-based diaries of a group of 68 teen internet users during […]

Leaving So Soon? Researchers Investigate Why Mentoring Matches End Early

Leaving So Soon? Researchers Investigate Why Mentoring Matches End Early

Mentoring relationship closures in Big Brothers Big Sisters community mentoring programs: Patterns and associated risk factors. DeWit, D., DuBois, D., Erdem, G., Larose, S., Lipman, E., & Spencer, R. (2016). American Journal of Community Psychology, 0, 1-13. DOI: 10.1002/ajcp.12023. Summarized by Justin Preston   Introduction While previous research has demonstrated the overall positive benefits associated with […]

The power of many: Why schools are embracing broader formal and informal mentoring networks

The power of many: Why schools are embracing broader formal and informal mentoring networks

Written by Alyza Sebenius, The Atlantic In her job as a “dream director,” Jessica Valoris is tasked with unleashing the potential of disadvantaged students at an inner-city high school in Washington, D.C. Her employer, a New York-based nonprofit called The Future Project, embeds mentors like Valoris in public schools, characterizing her role as a “midwife […]

In praise of mentors: Miss Blanchard, Mr. P, and the many caring adults who change our lives

In praise of mentors: Miss Blanchard, Mr. P, and the many caring adults who change our lives

I bid farewell to my dad on a brisk November morning in 1979. After our hugs, I climbed onto my new yellow moped, sped down our steep driveway, and headed toward school. It seemed odd to be arriving at school so early on a Saturday morning, but I was joined by other seniors who were also taking the […]

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Trips to the Museum can Spark Teen Ambition: An Opportunity for Mentors

Trips to the Museum can Spark Teen Ambition: An Opportunity for Mentors

Photo credit to Paramount Pictures Posted by Nicola Jones-Warwick Teens who took part in cultural activities like concerts or museums with their parents were more likely to aspire to continue their studies after the age of 16 than those who didn’t, a new study shows. The findings hold true even compared to activities such as homework clubs or […]

Mentoring Then and Now
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Mentoring Then and Now

Melvin Simensky, Co-Chair The New York County Lawyers’ Association When mentoring was first used in a legal context, it described two main circumstances which also prevail today. One is the establishment of an amicable relationship between a senior attorney and young people such as high-schoolers interested in later pursuing a legal career. The second main use […]

The Seeds of Extreme Self-Criticism Can Have Deadly Results: Implications for Mentors

The Seeds of Extreme Self-Criticism Can Have Deadly Results: Implications for Mentors

Written by Michael O. Schroeder, U.S. News From a very early age, we learn – in a manner of speaking – to nitpick ourselves. We take information from those we encounter and the world around us to fine-tune how we act and who we are, taking note of what doesn’t work in an ongoing internal dialogue that stretches […]

How To Talk To Kids About Tragic Events

How To Talk To Kids About Tragic Events

Written by Kelly Wallace, CNN After a horrific event like the terrorism in Brussels or the Paris attacks, parents are faced with this dilemma: What do I tell my kids? How can I talk to them about something so senseless and indiscriminate? About something that we can’t make sense of ourselves? “When we feel ourselves […]

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Part 2: A Novel Program Provides a Network of Support for At-Risk Youth

Part 2: A Novel Program Provides a Network of Support for At-Risk Youth

How a Tapestry of Care Helps Teens Succeed By David Bornstein In the second installment of a two-part series on Thread, the Baltimore-based social support program, author David Bornstein revisits the organization and examines the structural aspects of its programmatic success. From the author’s description of Thread’s programming, “The organization works with public high school […]