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Policy Corner: December Policy Updates with Janet Forbush

Policy Corner: December Policy Updates with Janet Forbush

Written by Janet Forbush, Senior Advisor with the Center for the Advancement of Mentoring December – 2017 Background: The frenzy of activity surrounding recent Senate passage of a bill on tax reform by a two vote margin of 51-49, crafted by Republicans, which took place at 1:50 a.m. on Saturday, December 2, sets the stage […]

Mentors can help their mentees get the most out of the movies they watch

Mentors can help their mentees get the most out of the movies they watch

Posted by Katie Bohn, futurity.org Children can benefit from both the positive and negative themes of a movie by watching and discussing the film with a parent or other adult, research shows. Researchers analyzed popular children’s movies and ranked their most common positive and negative themes. While the most common positive theme was the importance […]

Policy Corner: November policy updates with Janet Forbush

Policy Corner: November policy updates with Janet Forbush

Written by Janet Forbush, Senior Advisor with the Center for the Advancement of Mentoring November 2017 Policymakers at the federal, state, and local levels have been engaged on numerous fronts in recent weeks on issues of considerable importance to children and youth.  Front and center most recently has been passage of a tax reform bill […]

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New Mentoring Research

New research outlines 9 steps in using mentoring to boost physical activity in youth

New research outlines 9 steps in using mentoring to boost physical activity in youth

Smith, L. & Petosa, R. (2016). A structured peer-mentoring method for physical activity behavior change among adolescents. The Journal of the School of Nursing, 32(5), 315-323. Summarized by Justin Preston As the winter months roll in, a time typically reserved for hibernating and reduced physical activity more generally, new research has outlined an approach for […]

New research identifies links between mentee strain and mentors’ response strategies

New research identifies links between mentee strain and mentors’ response strategies

Wesely, J., Dzoba, N., Miller, H. & Rasche, C. (2016). Mentoring at-risk youth: An examination of strain and mentor response strategies. American Journal of Criminal Justice. DOI:10.1007/s12103-016-9353-7 Summarized by Justin Preston   Introduction Mentoring, in its various forms, has long been touted as a way of offering support and guidance to at-risk youth. While the […]

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New research investigates empathy and ethnic identity in mentoring for minority girls

New research investigates empathy and ethnic identity in mentoring for minority girls

Peifer, J. S., Lawrence, E. C., Williams, J. L., & Leyton-Armakan, J. (2016). The culture of mentoring: Ethnocultural empathy and ethnic identity in mentoring for minority girls. Cultural Diversity And Ethnic Minority Psychology, 22(3), 440-446. doi:10.1037/cdp0000078 Summarized by Bri Santaniello   Introduction Research all over the world shows mentoring can contribute various positive outcomes in […]

Research From Related Fields

Three ways mentoring can help disrupt the growing racial wealth divide

Three ways mentoring can help disrupt the growing racial wealth divide

Written by Justin Preston In a pair of new studies conducted at Yale University and the Institute for Policy Studies, researchers identified a troubling trend in the United States: The racial wealth divide is worse than we realize, and we are only growing further apart. How bad is it? According to a study conducted by […]

Reliance on “gut instinct” can be a potential pitfall for mentors, new research shows

Reliance on “gut instinct” can be a potential pitfall for mentors, new research shows

Posted by Jeff Sossamon, futurity.org Going with your intuition could make you judge others’ moral transgressions more harshly and keep you from changing your mind, even after considering all the facts, a new study suggests. The findings show that people who strongly rely on intuition automatically condemn actions they perceive to be morally wrong, even […]

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New research shows that volunteering can help keep older adults’ minds sharp

New research shows that volunteering can help keep older adults’ minds sharp

Posted by Sheena Rice, futurity.org Volunteering may improve cognitive function of older adults, especially for women and those with lower levels of education. While the links of volunteering to physical health are well known, its associations with mental functioning are less clear. “Cognitive functions, such as memory, working memory, and processing are essential for living […]

Profiles in Mentoring

Library of Congress Magazine profiles Prof. Rhodes and her sister

Library of Congress Magazine profiles Prof. Rhodes and her sister

From a park picnic table in Wheaton, Illinois,at the National Gathering of American Indian Veterans, George Martin talks about his 20 years of service in the U.S. Army. More than 1,000 miles away in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, George Pelati, a flight engineer during World War II, tells stories surrounded by family in his home. They are […]

Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Torie Weiston-Serdan on Critical Mentoring

Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Torie Weiston-Serdan on Critical Mentoring

Written by Vera van den Berg  Torie Weiston-Serdan is the founder of the Youth Mentoring Action Network— a non-profit organization that focuses on youth mentoring. Moreover, Torie Weiston-Serdan is the author of “Critical mentoring: A practical guide”. She examines how marginalized and minority youth are served by mentoring and mentoring organizations. Critical mentoring, central to […]

Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Kristin Humphrey of Partners for Youth with Disabilities

Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Kristin Humphrey of Partners for Youth with Disabilities

Kristin Humphrey is the Mentoring Director at Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD), a Boston-based organization with national impact that matches youth with disabilities with caring adults through one-on-one, group, and online mentoring. Humphrey has worked with youth with disabilities for the past nine years, and has been involved with mentoring for over a decade. […]

News & Funding Opportunities

Ollie Cantos, mentor-turned-father, discusses the legacy of mentoring

Ollie Cantos, mentor-turned-father, discusses the legacy of mentoring

by Ollie Cantos In August, I was privileged to be inducted into the Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame by the National Disability Mentoring Coalition (NDMC). I was honored over the fact that mine was the first induction ceremony to be organized for an individual. Held at the U.S. Department of Education and including […]

The story of the Navy’s first African American aviator is a story of mentoring, too

The story of the Navy’s first African American aviator is a story of mentoring, too

Written by Justin Preston With the passing of Medal of Honor recipient Thomas J. Hudner, Jr., CNN has posted a wonderful story (Note: some language used in the article may be offensive to readers) on Hudner’s relationship with the Navy’s first African American aviator, Jesse Leroy Brown. Below is the opening excerpt from the story: […]

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Forum on Critical Relationships in Mentoring

Forum on Critical Relationships in Mentoring

Forum on Critical Relationships Thursday, November 16, 2017 – 9:30am to 4:30pm Save the date for MMP’s day long forum on November 16th convening youth serving practitioners from across the Commonwealth to explore the exciting new work of scholar and practitioner Torie Weiston-Serdan, author of Critical Mentoring: A Practical Guide. Critical mentoring challenges our traditional thinking […]

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Webinars, Podcasts & Forums

New webinar from MENTOR: Mentoring Youth in Foster Care

New webinar from MENTOR: Mentoring Youth in Foster Care

Mentoring Youth in Foster Care: Considerations and Strategies (Thu, Dec 21, 2017 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EST) Click here to register! Approximately 400,000 young people in the United States are in foster care on any given day[i], many of whom have experienced trauma and adversity beyond their peers. These young people face unique challenges, […]

Volunteer coaches as mentors: Tapping a natural resource

Volunteer coaches as mentors: Tapping a natural resource

Click above to listen to Mentoring U’s Micheline Mann engage in a lively conversation with Program Director of an innovative coaching program, Project Coach. by Jean Rhodes  This week, we introduce a new podcast that explores a great program, Project Coach, which uses an innovative “cascading mentoring” model to engage students as both coaches and mentees. Mentoring U’s Micheline Mann engages […]

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National Mentoring Month: How to Engage and Recruit

National Mentoring Month: How to Engage and Recruit

COLLABORATIVE MENTORING WEBINAR SERIES Tuesday, November 21, 2017 1:00 PM – 2:15PM EST Join us for a webinar highlighting National Mentoring Month and how to leverage the milestone as an opportunity for recruitment.  Explore research-backed tips and learn tactical tools to engage and expand audiences. Register now or download prior webinar archives and presentation materials […]

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