Expert Corner

New research evaluates impact of pairing at-risk youth with survivors of the Holocaust

New research evaluates impact of pairing at-risk youth with survivors of the Holocaust

A Social-Justice Informed Evaluation of a Mentorship-Based Program Pairing At-Risk Youth and Holocaust Survivors Morgan-Consoli et al., 2016 Summarized by Rachel Rubin   Background: Mentoring programs have been shown to have positive outcomes for youth, such as improving youths’ relationships with adults and peers. The mentoring literature specifically exploring cross-cultural community mentoring between under-represented youth […]

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Register now!

Register now!

Please join us for an International Short Course sponsored by the UMB/MENTOR and European Centers for Evidence-Based Mentoring (CEBM) and Mass Mentoring (MMP). Youth mentoring is growing rapidly in the U.S., Europe and across the globe. Last year, the European CEBM was launched and this past Spring the ECBM hosted an international short course. The ECEBM is working […]

By August 29, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Policy Corner: Janet Forbush on the latest policy implications for mentoring

Policy Corner: Janet Forbush on the latest policy implications for mentoring

Written by Janet Forbush, Senior Advisor with the Center for the Advancement of Mentoring August 2017 Update The recent troubling and nation changing event in Charlottesville, VA reminds us as advocates for the well-being of children, youth, and families that it is time to get  our positive perspectives tuned up for the fall legislative season […]

New Mentoring Research

New research shows confidence and trust in program leaders amplifies program benefits

New research shows confidence and trust in program leaders amplifies program benefits

Griffith, A. N., & Larson, R. W. (2016). Why trust matters: How confidence in leaders transforms what adolescents gain from youth programs. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 26(4), 790-804. Summarized by Kirsten Christensen   Introduction After school programs are common contexts in which youth and adolescents can gain a variety of social and emotional developmental benefits. Longitudinal […]

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Engagement and mentor support in youth development programs as an avenue to foster adolescent social development

Engagement and mentor support in youth development programs as an avenue to foster adolescent social development

Chapman, C. M., Deane, K. L., Harré, N., Courtney, M. G., & Moore, J. (2017). Engagement and mentor support as drivers of social development in the Project K Youth Development Program. Journal of youth and adolescence, 46(3), 644-655. Summarized by Kirsten Christensen   Introduction Given that we are inherently social creatures, adolescence is a particularly critical time […]

What keeps a mentor engaged? New research sheds some light.

What keeps a mentor engaged? New research sheds some light.

Larsson, M., Pettersson, C., Eriksson, C., & Skoog, T. (2016). Initial motives and organizational context enabling female mentors’ engagement in formal mentoring–A qualitative study from the mentors’ perspective. Children and Youth Services Review, 71, 17-26. Summarized by Kirsten Christensen   Introduction Youth have a strong need to develop close relationships with those around them to succeed developmentally. […]

Research From Related Fields

New report lists top evidence-based interventions for youth with autism

New report lists top evidence-based interventions for youth with autism

Posted by Dave Shaw A new report based on a review of 29,000 articles identifies the most successful, evidence-based interventions for children and teenagers with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). “More children than ever are being diagnosed with autism,” says Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) director Samuel L. Odom, who co-headed the new review. […]

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Six factors that promote intellectual engagement and foster your mentee’s potential

Six factors that promote intellectual engagement and foster your mentee’s potential

Written by Justin Preston In a recent article published in Human Development, researchers outlined a series of six factors of intellectual engagement that they argue, when present across all stages of life, can help to maintain and even spur cognitive growth. Cognitive growth, or the continuing development of cognitive faculties such as creativity and skill […]

Youths’ belief in upward mobility challenged: New research and what mentors and programs can do

Youths’ belief in upward mobility challenged: New research and what mentors and programs can do

Posted by Hilary Hurd Anyaso, Futurity.org New research suggests high school and college students from low socioeconomic status (SES) backgrounds have less drive to overcome academic hardships when they harbor doubts about the odds of people with similar backgrounds achieving upward economic mobility. Three new studies extend previous research demonstrating that low-SES students who see […]

Profiles in Mentoring

Profiles in Mentoring: Varsha Waishampayan and her work mentoring professionals

Profiles in Mentoring: Varsha Waishampayan and her work mentoring professionals

By Meg Fry, njbiz.com When Varsha Waishampayan traveled to see her parents in India last year while on sabbatical from her job as director of asset and information management at PricewaterhouseCoopers, she got the same advice she has heard at home for years. This time, it stuck. Her father, a retired professor, was as insistent […]

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Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Veronica Fruiht

Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Veronica Fruiht

Written by Kirsten Christensen Veronica Fruiht is an Assistant professor and researcher at Dominican University of California. Her research interests center around the construct of hope and mentoring relationships among young people. Specifically, Dr. Fruiht is interested in understanding and uncovering how hope and positive, supportive relationships influence adolescent and young adults’ academic goals and […]

Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Tom Rosenberg of the American Camp Association

Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Tom Rosenberg of the American Camp Association

Written by Rachel Rubin Tom Rosenberg is the President/CEO of the American Camp Association (ACA), a community of summer camp professionals working to promote youth development through the preservation, promotion, and improvement of the camp experience. In addition to his variety of volunteer roles in ACA (e.g., treasurer, board member), Tom has worked in the […]

News & Funding Opportunities

Facebook is testing a feature for mentorships between users

Facebook is testing a feature for mentorships between users

by Ingrid Lunden (@ingridlunden) Next Story Earlier this year, Facebook signaled a plan to move into LinkedIn’s territory with the launch of job advertising. Now it appears to be taking another step to help develop the professional you. TechCrunch has learned that Facebook is testing a way to use its social network to link up users who are looking for […]

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Please come to Boston…Fall international short course on quality mentoring

Please come to Boston…Fall international short course on quality mentoring

Jean Rhodes Please join us for an International Short Course sponsored by the UMB/MENTOR and European Centers for Evidence-Based Mentoring (CEBM) and Mass Mentoring (MMP) on October 4 and 5, 2017.  Youth mentoring is growing rapidly in the U.S., Europe and across the globe. Last year, the European CEBM was launched and this past Spring the ECBM hosted […]

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Personalized learning in schools has implications for mentoring programs too

Personalized learning in schools has implications for mentoring programs too

By Emily Berman, for the Huffington Post Tara’s eyes lit up in a way I had not seen before. I could almost hear what she was thinking: “Felicia is amazing.” Felicia, a local organizer for the NAACP, had just given a talk to our students about how to make change and organize in their community. […]

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Webinars, Podcasts & Forums

Get Moving!  Using sports-based programming to bridge mentoring gaps

Get Moving!  Using sports-based programming to bridge mentoring gaps

COLLABORATIVE MENTORING WEBINAR SERIES Thursday, September 21, 2017 1:00 PM – 2:15PM EDT According to research, in the United States alone, more than 35 million children between the ages of 8 and 19 participate in some form of youth sports. This webinar will explore critical concepts, strategies, and tips for program staff to consider when […]

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A Fresh Look at Logic Models: Enhance and Amplify Their Value – Webinar

A Fresh Look at Logic Models: Enhance and Amplify Their Value – Webinar

COLLABORATIVE MENTORING WEBINAR SERIES Thursday, August 17, 2017 1:00 PM – 2:15PM EDT       You have a logic model, but are you using it to its fullest? Go beyond the basics of developing logic models and theories of change, and look at them through a new lens to amplify your impact. Join this […]

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Supporting Mentors and Mentees in the Face of Challenges

Supporting Mentors and Mentees in the Face of Challenges

Thursday, July 20, 2017 1:00 PM – 2:15PM EDT A key to a positive mentoring relationship is the ability of a mentor to respond to a mentee with care, ease, and relevance when delicate or difficult issues arise. This webinar will explore critical concepts, strategies, and tips for mentors and program staff to consider when […]

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