Expert Corner

Policy Corner: July updates with Janet Forbush

Policy Corner: July updates with Janet Forbush

Written by Janet Forbush, Senior Advisor with the Center for the Advancement of Mentoring July – 2018   Background The recent heat wave that has blanketed the country, along with fierce fires in the West, will soon be joined by what is anticipated to be a ‘hot debate’ between Senate and House conferees over the […]

Mentored versus not-mentored, what’s the difference?:  Group comparisons made easy

Mentored versus not-mentored, what’s the difference?: Group comparisons made easy

By Adar Ben-Eliyahu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Haifa Are there differences in outcomes between youth who are mentored versus those who are not? What about youth who are in a group mentoring intervention versus those in one-on-one mentoring intervention? Do the mentored youth from single-parent homes benefit more from a particular program than those […]

New Mentoring Research

New research shows the important role of natural mentors for delinquency in youth

New research shows the important role of natural mentors for delinquency in youth

Editor’s Note: This recent longitudinal study provides interesting insights into the specific relationship between mentoring and juvenile delinquency. Not only does this article show the positive effects mentoring relationships seem to have on delinquency, the authors also discuss certain characteristics of the mentoring relationship seem to matter the most.   Reference: Kelley, M. S., & Lee, […]

New research shows the link between mentoring, racial discrimination and coping efficacy

New research shows the link between mentoring, racial discrimination and coping efficacy

Notes of Interest: This new study is the first to examine the association between discrimination and coping efficacy and to look at how mentoring is linked to this association. By doing so, this study provides insight into, for example, potentially more effective ways to intervene and increase youth’s coping efficacy. Reference: Sánchez, B., Mroczkowski, A. […]

Research From Related Fields

Want to help reinforce a motor skill? Have them take a lap

Want to help reinforce a motor skill? Have them take a lap

Posted by Katherine Gombay, futurity.org As little as a single 15-minute bout of cardiovascular exercise increases brain connectivity and efficiency, according to new research. If you want to learn to walk a tightrope, for example, it’s a good idea to go for a short run after each practice session, the research suggests. The recent study, […]

What is “attachment” and how does it relate to mentoring?

What is “attachment” and how does it relate to mentoring?

Introduction: The idea of attachment, an enduring emotional bond that connects one person to another across time and space (Ainsworth, 1973;Bowlby, 1969), has long been studied and related to various psychological outcomes. How do differences in attachment styles affect support-seeking and giving styles. Support-Seeking (Attachment behavior) Although, the attachment system is usually most apparent in infancy, […]

Profiles in Mentoring

Profiles in Mentoring: Rich Greif of BBBS Massachusetts Bay on match support, tech in mentoring, and more

Profiles in Mentoring: Rich Greif of BBBS Massachusetts Bay on match support, tech in mentoring, and more

Written by Maaike Kroes and Iris Kools Rich Greif is the vice president of Marketing, Communications and Community Relations of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay (BBBSMB). He oversees all the volunteer and youth recruitment, as well as all the marketing and branding for the agency. Rich first got involved with mentoring when he […]

Profiles in mentoring: Simon Larose on mentoring at the college level

Profiles in mentoring: Simon Larose on mentoring at the college level

We are thrilled to feature Professor Simon Larose, whose work has deepened our understanding of the role of attachment relationships in mentoring. Simon is a professor in the Department of Education at the University of Laval. He has been a steady contributor to the field of youth mentoring and has published over 65 scientific articles, book chapters, […]

Mentoring in the News

July is College Access and Career Readiness Month!

July is College Access and Career Readiness Month!

From MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership Mentors can play an instrumental role in preparing young people for college and career. This month, we’re focusing on sharing resources that can help mentors and mentees successfully navigate the road towards higher education and beyond. Check out these helpful resources from the National Mentoring Resource Center: College Positive […]

For Teachers (and mentors) to Succeed, More Effort Is Needed to Help Those Learning English

For Teachers (and mentors) to Succeed, More Effort Is Needed to Help Those Learning English

Carola Suárez-Orozco, a professor of education at the University of California at Los Angeles, is co-author of “Children of Immigration,” and co-editor of “Transitions: The Development of Children of Immigrant.” From the New York Times English learners are 9.3 percent of all K-12 students in the United States. And in states with substantial immigrant populations […]

Webinars, Podcasts & Forums

Webinar – Mentoring Youth with Disabilities: An Opportunity for Friendship, Awareness, and A World of Possibility

Webinar – Mentoring Youth with Disabilities: An Opportunity for Friendship, Awareness, and A World of Possibility

At the heart of youth mentoring is the idea that every young person needs and deserves to have a caring, committed adult in their life to listen and help them realize their potential. EVERY young person implies an inclusive landscape – but too often, youth with disabilities are not included or considered when we design […]

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Therapeutic services for queer and trans people: Implications for mentoring

Therapeutic services for queer and trans people: Implications for mentoring

By Luca Pax and RP Whitmore-Bard with Queer Asterisk Therapeutic Services. reprinted from mentoring.org As queer and trans people, we are incredibly resilient but we are also a vulnerable population. In recent decades, an increase in queer and trans visibility has made the world a better place for us to live. Still, the following has […]