Expert Corner

CareGiver-Initiated Mentoring (CG-IM): Pushing the Envelope on Parent Involvement

CareGiver-Initiated Mentoring (CG-IM): Pushing the Envelope on Parent Involvement

Written by Timothy A. Cavell, PhD Professor J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences Department of Psychological Science University of Arkansas Three years ago, I had the good fortune of being in Boston for a symposium on mentoring research co-sponsored by Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Canada, MENTOR, and the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Our […]

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Three tips that can help you foster – and maintain – resilience in your mentee

Three tips that can help you foster – and maintain – resilience in your mentee

Written by Justin Preston & Renée Klein Schaarsberg To quote Benjamin Franklin, “…in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” It is a phrase that has become a truism over time, but it could fairly be said that Franklin was not quite exhaustive in his list of certainties. Beyond […]

New Mentoring Research

New research describes the critical nature of informal mentoring for Black graduate students

New research describes the critical nature of informal mentoring for Black graduate students

Notes of Interest: This article highlights the importance of informal mentoring for graduate students, to provide psychosocial support in addition to career preparation. In particular, the experiences of Black graduate students are discussed, given recent and seemingly ongoing national race-related events. Informal mentoring can be used as a way to foster a more inclusive training […]

New research discusses a potential alternative mentoring intervention for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder

New research discusses a potential alternative mentoring intervention for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Notes of Interest: This article provides preliminary support for a way to increase social competence and decreasing isolation and maladaptive social behaviors in students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The intervention being studied here addresses the current research on the importance of peer mentor involvement, and it seems to meet the unique needs of youth […]

Research From Related Fields

How mentoring is suited to developing passions: More about nurturing a spark than finding a flame

How mentoring is suited to developing passions: More about nurturing a spark than finding a flame

Posted by Melissa De Witte, futurity.org The advice to “find your passion” might undermine how interests actually develop, according to new research. In a series of laboratory studies, researchers examined beliefs that may lead people to succeed or fail at developing their interests. Mantras like “find your passion” carry hidden implications, the researchers say. They […]

New research shows elderly at risk of social isolation: Implications for mentoring

New research shows elderly at risk of social isolation: Implications for mentoring

Posted by Jared Wadley on futurity.org One in five older adults is socially isolated from family or friends, increasing their risks for poor mental and physical health, as well as higher rates of mortality, a new study shows. Researchers investigated several factors affecting social isolation from family and friends within a national sample of more […]

Profiles in Mentoring

Profiles in mentoring: Professor Sarah Schwartz

Profiles in mentoring: Professor Sarah Schwartz

Six Questions with Sarah Schwartz: Youth-Initiated Mentoring and the Connected Scholars Program By Justin Preston   Mentoring programs across the country are often faced with two interconnected, stubborn issues: The shortage of available mentors for young people hoping to be matched with an adult and the high rates of mentor drop out. The former issue […]

Michael Lewis’ advice to graduates: check your entitlement

Michael Lewis’ advice to graduates: check your entitlement

Editor’s Note: With the passage into summer, we have reached the season of graduation speeches. Many of these provide useful and relevant insight for mentoring. Today, we revisit Michael Lewis’ address, delivered a few years ago at Princeton, about luck and entitlement. Particularly in this age of inequality and class-based segregation, it’s easy to lose […]

Mentoring in the News

David Shapiro, CEO of MENTOR, on the Separation of Children from Families at the U.S. Border

David Shapiro, CEO of MENTOR, on the Separation of Children from Families at the U.S. Border

By David Shapiro, CEO of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership We stand against the unjustifiable, unconscionable, and unsafe policy of separating children from their families at the U.S. southern border. Creating this kind of trauma for families weakens the threads of our collective fabric and is antithetical to our guiding light – to work to […]

Lindsey Weiler on the need for trying new methods to reach youth in foster care

Lindsey Weiler on the need for trying new methods to reach youth in foster care

Written by Lindsey Weiler, Ph.D., originally posted in Youth Today If you work with youth in foster care, you know that every child is unique with specific needs, strengths and opportunities. It shouldn’t be surprising, therefore, that the impact of mentoring for youth in foster care varies greatly. Most people would agree that a relationship […]

Webinars, Podcasts & Forums

Webinar: Understanding Youth-Initiated Mentoring and How to Employ This Strategy with Today’s Youth

Webinar: Understanding Youth-Initiated Mentoring and How to Employ This Strategy with Today’s Youth

Successful recruitment of mentors is a benchmark of overall program quality, yet according to the 2016 National Mentoring Program Survey, recruiting mentors is the number one challenge of mentoring programs. What if young people could identify a caring adult they want for a mentor? Youth-initiated mentoring is gaining momentum throughout the country. It involves engaging […]

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The Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring: Quality Improvement!

The Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring: Quality Improvement!

Bringing together top researchers and practitioners in the field of youth mentoring to create innovation, leadership and quality-based practice. 2018 Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring Portland State University and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership are proud to announce the 2018 Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring. The dates for this year’s Institute will be July 23-26, 2018. The […]