Tag: mentor/mentee relationships

Youth aging out of foster care may have a more difficult time forming bonds with adults due to their experiences, having a mentor may act as a protective factor against the negative outcomes typically associated with having been in foster care

Youth aging out of foster care may have a more difficult time forming bonds with adults due to their experiences, having a mentor may act as a protective factor against the negative outcomes typically associated with having been in foster care

Thompson, A. E., Greeson, J. K. P., & Brunsink, A. M. (2016). Natural mentoring among older youth in and aging out of foster care: A systematic review. Children and Youth Services Review, 61, 40-50. Summarized by Jessica Cunningham, B.A. Lab Manager, Center of Evidence-Based Mentoring Introduction: Typically when people think of foster care youth, the […]

Soledad O’Brien: “A mentor helps you look at your life from 35,000 feet”

Soledad O’Brien: “A mentor helps you look at your life from 35,000 feet”

Written by Tanisha Love Ramirez, The Huffington Post   Soledad O’Brien had many great mentors throughout her life and career ― now, she wants to pay it forward. The award-winning journalist spoke with The Huffington Post recently about her role as the host of the fifth annual American Graduate Day on Saturday, and her personal investment […]

Researcher urges more talk with youth about emotions

Researcher urges more talk with youth about emotions

Written by Shelly Leachman-UCSB Children should learn about navigating their emotions from an early age, says sociologist Thomas Scheff. He refers to emotions as “internal events,” intangible cues working as “signals that alert us to the state of the world inside and around us.” He argues that helping kids to learn and talk about emotions […]

Be aware mentors: Unspoken or otherwise, kids sense their parents’ discord

Be aware mentors: Unspoken or otherwise, kids sense their parents’ discord

Written by Cindy Lamothe, The Atlantic Summarized by Justin Preston Family conflicts are communicated in a wide variety of ways. It isn’t limited to angry shouting matches between parents. Silent, “Cold War” nonverbal tensions can be just as distressing for children as a heated argument. According to E. Mark Cummings, a professor of psychology at […]

Youth anxiety: What to say when your mentee is anxious
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Youth anxiety: What to say when your mentee is anxious

Written by Carey Wallace, time.com Today’s kids are more worried than any kids in recent history. According to some long-term surveys of mental-health literature, the average kid today is more anxious than people who were hospitalized for anxiety in the 1950s. And those worries tend to intensify around times of transition — like the start […]

A conversation with Dr. Belle Liang: The intersection of positive female youth development and mentoring
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A conversation with Dr. Belle Liang: The intersection of positive female youth development and mentoring

Written by Sam Burton Dr. Belle Liang is an Associate Professor in the Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology Department at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education. Dr. Liang is a member of the Research and Policy Council of MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership and Advisory Board of the National Cadre of Mentoring Researchers. As a national expert […]

Other people’s children: The new reality show
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Other people’s children: The new reality show

by Jean E. Rhodes Imagine a reality television show in which privileged empty nesters competed to help less fortunate high school students gain entry into the nation’s highest ranked colleges and universities. The many parents who had successfully shepherded their children through the admissions process from the comfort of their homes from Greenwich to Palo […]

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Not buying what they’re selling: Making friends reduces influence of negative media

Not buying what they’re selling: Making friends reduces influence of negative media

By Lesley Henton, Futurity People whose only knowledge of Muslims comes from the media are very likely to have negative emotions and stereotypical beliefs about them, new research shows. In the Journal of Communication, Srividya Ramasubramanian, associate dean of liberal arts and professor of communication at Texas A&M University, used multiple studies, surveying non-Muslims on […]

Profiles in Mentoring: A Conversation with Johanna Greeson on Natural Mentoring and Foster Care

Profiles in Mentoring: A Conversation with Johanna Greeson on Natural Mentoring and Foster Care

by Kate Powers Introduction: Johanna Greeson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Greeson received her MSW from Bryn Mawr College in 1999, and then returned to school for a PhD in social work from UNC-Chapel Hill, which she received in 2009. Dr. Greeson […]

A conversation with Jefferson Singer: The Posse Scholar campus mentoring program

A conversation with Jefferson Singer: The Posse Scholar campus mentoring program

By Justin Preston This week we sat down with Jefferson Singer, Faulk Foundation Professor of Psychology and Dean of the College at Connecticut College. Dean Singer has been serving as a faculty mentor and now director of the Connecticut College chapter of the Posse Scholar program for several years. Since 1989, the nationwide Posse Foundation […]