Expert Corner

Discussing the unspeakable: Steps to foster conversations about the Las Vegas tragedy

Discussing the unspeakable: Steps to foster conversations about the Las Vegas tragedy

Written by Justin Preston In the wake of the tragic events that occurred nearly two weeks ago in Las Vegas, we as adults can feel at a loss in trying to make sense of what happened and why. With widespread news coverage online and in the media, it is possible that your mentees have learned […]

Policy Corner: October policy updates with Janet Forbush

Policy Corner: October policy updates with Janet Forbush

Written by Janet Forbush, Senior Advisor with the Center for the Advancement of Mentoring October 2017 On October 8 the Trump Administration introduced principles for reform of the U.S. immigration system putting children and families at risk. The release of these principles comes on the heels of the announcement from the Administration made last month […]

Policy Corner: Janet Forbush on September policy developments

Policy Corner: Janet Forbush on September policy developments

  Written by Janet Forbush, Senior Advisor with the Center for the Advancement of Mentoring September 2017 Amidst the recent backdrop of several devastating hurricanes, earthquakes, extreme losses of human life and massive human peril and disruption, there have been magnificent glimpses of the resilience and grace of human beings helping one another try to […]

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New Mentoring Research

Natural mentors for youth: Leveraging a familial asset for drinking prevention and intervention

Natural mentors for youth: Leveraging a familial asset for drinking prevention and intervention

Strunin, L., Díaz-Martínez, A., Díaz-Martínez, L. R., Kuranz, S., Hernández-Ávila, C. A., Pantridge, C. E., & Fernández-Varela, H. (2015). Natural mentors and youth drinking: a qualitative study of Mexican youths. Health education research, 30(4), 660-670. Summarized by Rachel Rubin   Background It is widely documented that family attitudes and patterns influence youth behaviors and outcomes, such as […]

Youth Initiated Mentoring: How it can reduce the use of out-of-home youth care

Youth Initiated Mentoring: How it can reduce the use of out-of-home youth care

Dam, L., Neels, S., de Winter, M., Branje, S., Wijsbroek, S., Hutschemaekers, G., Dekker, A., Sekreve, A., Zwaanswijk, M., Wissink, I. & Stams, G.J. (2018). Youth initiated mentors: Do they offer an alternative for out-of-home placement in youth care? British Journal of Social Work, 0, 1-17. DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bcx092 Summarized by Justin Preston   Introduction In […]

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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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Research From Related Fields

Asking youth about substance use does not make it more likely: New research

Asking youth about substance use does not make it more likely: New research

Posted by Kim Eckart Researchers report finding no evidence that discussing drug and alcohol use with preteens encourages them to try drugs or drinking. The study focused on school-based surveys of fifth- and sixth-graders to determine whether their behaviors changed over time. The research team found that, among two groups of students—one surveyed in fifth […]

New research highlights role for mentors in improving work outcomes for individuals with disabilities

New research highlights role for mentors in improving work outcomes for individuals with disabilities

Written by Justin Preston Family and close friends play an integral role in helping people with childhood-onset disabilities attain quality employment as adults, a new study from Oregon State University has found. However, not everyone has an extensive family network available to them. In such a context, a mentor can help bridge the gap and […]

New research: Mentees’ academic self-belief linked to better academic performance

New research: Mentees’ academic self-belief linked to better academic performance

Posted by Jared Wadley When kids believe they can achieve success in math and reading, they are more likely to achieve high test scores in those subjects, new research suggests. Researchers used two US data sets—with one being a nationally represented study—and one UK data set to measure self-concept and standardized assessments of early and […]

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Profiles in Mentoring

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. […]

Meet Mary Waters: What every mentor should know about immigrants in the U.S

Meet Mary Waters: What every mentor should know about immigrants in the U.S

 Editor’s note: For her new reimagining migration, my dear friends and colleagues Professors Carola Suarez-Orozco and Mary Waters, co-author of a recent National Academy of Science report on immigration had a helpful conversation Visit the site at https://reimaginingmigration.org/ by Carola Suárez-Orozco The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is a private, nongovernmental institution established in 1863 by […]

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Women Are Over-Mentored (But Under-Sponsored):  A conversation with Professor Herminia Ibarra

Women Are Over-Mentored (But Under-Sponsored): A conversation with Professor Herminia Ibarra

JULIA KIRBY: Welcome to the HBR IdeaCast, from Harvard Business Review. I’m Julia Kirby, and today I’m joined by one of the authors I most enjoy working with. She’s Herminia Ibarra. She’s the Cora Chaired Professor of Leadership and Learning at INSEAD, where she also teaches courses on organizational behavior. And in our September 2010 […]

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News & Funding Opportunities

Mentoring in the News: Focus on the relationship in after-school programs

Mentoring in the News: Focus on the relationship in after-school programs

Written by Nancy Deutsch, University of Virginia Curry School of Education When the bell rings at the end of the school day, students run from the classroom to a host of different activities. Some will work with adults to build on the lessons they learned in the classroom. Others will join a sports team, orchestra […]

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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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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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Webinars, Podcasts & Forums

Students Without Status: Understanding and Protecting the Rights of Undocumented Immigrant Students

Students Without Status: Understanding and Protecting the Rights of Undocumented Immigrant Students

The Alliance for Excellent Education Invites You to Participate in a Webinar Thursday, October 18, 2017 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM EDT The Mike Sussman Studio   Free Webinar Students Without Status: Understanding and Protecting the Rights of Undocumented Immigrant Students Panelists: Jamie Fasteau, Principal, Education Counsel Carlos A. Guevara, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of […]

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Wide Open Spaces: Bridging the Resource Gap in Rural Mentoring

Wide Open Spaces: Bridging the Resource Gap in Rural Mentoring

Implementing a mentoring program comes with many challenges, including recruiting the right volunteers, enlisting youth into the program, and ensuring that matches have the support they need to thrive and endure. In rural communities, some of these challenges are even more difficult as programs deal with small populations from which to recruit, vast service areas […]

Create an Effective Team to Drive Your Program’s Success

Create an Effective Team to Drive Your Program’s Success

COLLABORATIVE MENTORING WEBINAR SERIES Thursday, October 19, 2017 1:00 PM – 2:15PM EDT What does it take to run an excellent organization? At the heart of any successful organization, we find collaborative teams of employees who are well prepared and motivated for the work before them. Having an effective team can make your program flourish, […]

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