Expert Corner

Rolling up your sleeves: Why it’s important for programs to focus on the work

Rolling up your sleeves: Why it’s important for programs to focus on the work

Written by Justin Preston Engaging in the work of mentoring, whether you are a mentor yourself or plying your trade in a program, can be rewarding intrinsically (“I’m doing work to make my community better”) and professionally (“My mentoring skills are improving!”). In addition to these, though, one of the guiding lights that leads people […]

By February 15, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Discussing the unspeakable: Steps to foster conversations  in the wake of tragedy

Discussing the unspeakable: Steps to foster conversations in the wake of tragedy

Editor’s Note: In light of recent events resulting in the death of 17 people in a school shooting in Parkland, FL, the eighth school shooting that has resulted in death or injury in the US since January 1, 2018, we are re-posting an article first published in October of last year. The context may be […]

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Policy Corner: January updates with Janet Forbush

Policy Corner: January updates with Janet Forbush

Written by Janet Forbush, Senior Policy Advisor with the Center for the Advancement of Mentoring January 2018 The month of January is an especially important marker in the mentoring field, having been designated as National Mentoring Month.  During January of 2018, over 1,000 mentoring researchers, advocates, and program practitioners came together in Washington, DC to […]

New Mentoring Research

New research highlights role of STEM making in addressing equity in historically marginalized communities

New research highlights role of STEM making in addressing equity in historically marginalized communities

Calabrese Barton, A., & Tan, E. (2017). FABLEARN 2017 Proceedings. In Proceedings of FABLEARN Conference 2017, Stanford, USA, 4 pages. https://doi.org/0000001.0000001 Summarized by Justin Preston Introduction Inequality and underrepresentation of youth from historically marginalized communities have been stubbornly persistent in STEM fields. However, with the advent of maker spaces, and the associated maker movement, there […]

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New research highlights importance of mentor expectations in sustaining relationships

New research highlights importance of mentor expectations in sustaining relationships

Spencer, R., Drew, A. L., & Kanchewa, S. S. (2017). Girls (and boys) just want to have fun: A mixed-methods examination of the role of gender in youth mentoring relationship duration and quality. Journal of Primary Prevention. doi: 10.1007/s10935-017-0494-3 Summarized by Justin Preston Background The findings from the literature on youth mentoring have shed light […]

Social relationships and their developmental significance

Social relationships and their developmental significance

Editor’s Note: This wonderful article strongly influenced my interest in the field of youth mentoring and I am grateful to Laura Yoviene for summarizing this classic for the Chronicle.  Hartup, W. W. (1989). Social relationships and their developmental significance. American Psychologist, 44(2), 120. Introduction Social relationships are an essential framework for children to learn important social skills. […]

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Research From Related Fields

Seven steps to helping your male mentee express his emotions

Seven steps to helping your male mentee express his emotions

Written by Justin Preston Can boys share their feelings with one another? Is it okay for them to say that they love each other? There are a wide range of expectations that boys pick up around how they should act, and how they should act with others. Often, these expectations include not expressing emotion, unless […]

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A positive attitude can help boost a student’s math memory: New research and implications

A positive attitude can help boost a student’s math memory: New research and implications

Posted by Erin Digitale Having a positive attitude about math is connected to better function of the hippocampus, an important memory center in the brain, during performance of arithmetic problems, a new study of elementary school students suggests. Educators have long observed higher math scores in children who show more interest in math and perceive […]

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 […]

Profiles in Mentoring

A conversation with UVA Professor Patrick Tolan

A conversation with UVA Professor Patrick Tolan

  Editor’s Note: We are honored to feature University of Virginia’s Professor Patrick Tolan.  Professor Tolan is an internationally recognized authority on youth violence and prevention. He is author or co-author of more than 160 books, monographs, chapters, articles and technical reports on topics related to children’s mental health, prevention and intervention, and the development of urban children and families. […]

By February 14, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Q & A with Professor Buffy Smith, author of new book that explores mentoring high risk college students

Q & A with Professor Buffy Smith, author of new book that explores mentoring high risk college students

The Hidden Curriculum Charlie Tyson (reposted from Inside Higher Education) In recent years, many colleges and universities have turned to mentoring programs in an attempt to retain underperforming students. Federally supported mentoring programs have been around since the Higher Education Act of 1965, which created student services programs such as Upward Bound, said Stephanie Gordon, vice […]

By January 31, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
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 […]

News & Funding Opportunities

School district integrates aspects of adult-youth and peer mentoring to foster connectedness – and improve graduation rates

School district integrates aspects of adult-youth and peer mentoring to foster connectedness – and improve graduation rates

Written by Holly Korbey, edutopia When the bell rang for early dismissal on a recent afternoon at Cold Springs Middle School in Nevada, students sprinted toward the buses while teachers filed into the library, where posters filled with the names of every child in the 980-student school covered the walls. Taking seats where they could, […]

By February 15, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Register Today! 2018 European Mentoring Summit – March 14 – 16

Register Today! 2018 European Mentoring Summit – March 14 – 16

Register now for the upcoming European Mentoring Summit 14 – 17 March 2018, Berlin The European Mentoring Summit will be a great opportunity to strengthen your network, get to know the diversity of the mentoring scene, and share and gain new insights from mentoring research and practice. The event brings together more than 200 mentoring practitioners, researchers, and educational […]

The ripple effects of mentoring for one family endure for decades

The ripple effects of mentoring for one family endure for decades

Written by Wendy Adamson Standing inside the gymnasium of an after-school youth program called PAL, I can’t help but be pulled back to when my son, Rikki, played here as a kid. It was the early nineties, and I had just hit a bottom with alcohol and drugs. After separating from my husband of 20 […]

Webinars, Podcasts & Forums

Mentor Webinar – Tips and Tools for Supporting Healthy Matches

Mentor Webinar – Tips and Tools for Supporting Healthy Matches

Thursday, February 22, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:15PM EST What does a healthy match look like? What are some common issues that arise between mentors and mentees, and mentors and parents? What are the steps staff can take to both prevent and address these? Facilitated by Dr. Dustianne North and Jerry Sherk, M.A. of the […]

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Mentor Webinar:  The Power of Purpose

Mentor Webinar: The Power of Purpose

COLLABORATIVE MENTORING WEBINAR SERIES Thursday, January 18, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:15PM EST What is the true power of purpose? In turbulent times, a sense of purpose can ground us, nourish us, and inspire us to act. Young people with a sense of purpose are better equipped to use their unique skills and strengths to […]

By January 10, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
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, […]