Expert Corner

Mentoring for youth and YA during reentry from confinement: A review of the research

Mentoring for youth and YA during reentry from confinement: A review of the research

Written by Justin Preston As part of an ongoing series, MENTOR’s National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC) asks prominent researchers to extensively review the existing literature in a specific area of mentoring in order to draw conclusions on what works and implications for mentoring practice. This time, we are going to highlight NMRC’s research review of […]

Policy Corner: June updates from Janet Forbush

Policy Corner: June updates from Janet Forbush

Written by Janet Forbush, Senior Advisor with the Center for the Advancement of Mentoring June 2017 Background:  The wide range of public policy activity at the federal level in recent weeks sets the tone and shapes the body of the content for the June Chronicle column on policy.  Primary features review the implications of the […]

Three things mentors can do to help get youth through college

Three things mentors can do to help get youth through college

Written by Justin Preston, Associate Editor The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have just completed an extensive review of the existing literature on ways of fostering college completion among youth today, and they have identified three specific factors that are not only key to college success, but also are able to be fostered […]

New Mentoring Research

Mentoring key piece of the puzzle in reducing STEM attrition

Mentoring key piece of the puzzle in reducing STEM attrition

Written by Charlie Wood, the Christian Science Monitor As a freshman, Stephanie Mula found the University of Massachusetts’s engineering program “overwhelming.” A first-generation college student, she wasn’t sure what to expect, how to get the most out of her classes, or where to look for internships. Nevertheless, she went on to beat the odds of […]

New research on mentoring LGBT youth of color and transgender youth

New research on mentoring LGBT youth of color and transgender youth

Poteat, V. P. & Scheer, J. R. (2016). GSA advisors’ self-efficacy related to LGBT youth of color and transgender youth. Journal of LGBT Youth, 13(4), 311-325. doi: 10.1080/19361653.2016.1185757 Summarized by Jessica Cunningham   Background: LGBTQ youth are frequently victimized in schools at rates that are much higher than those of their heterosexual and/or cisgender peers […]

New research identifies five reasons mentoring relationships end

New research identifies five reasons mentoring relationships end

Spencer, R., Basualdo-Delmonico, A., Walsh, J. & Drew, A. (2017). Breaking up is hard to do: A qualitative interview study of how and why youth mentoring relationships end. Youth & Society, 49(4), 438-460. DOI: 10.1177/0044118X14535416 Summarized by Justin Preston   Introduction: One of the goals of every mentoring organization is to foster long-lasting, meaningful relationships […]

Research From Related Fields

Mentoring capitalizes on on our best evolutionary tendencies to combat loneliness: New research

Mentoring capitalizes on on our best evolutionary tendencies to combat loneliness: New research

Posted by Steve Koppes New research has shown that reducing loneliness through meaningful connections can foster less self-centered, more pro-social behaviors, a finding that highlights the important role mentoring can play in reducing loneliness. The findings also suggest a positive feedback loop between the two traits: As increased loneliness heightens self-centeredness, the latter then contributes further […]

New study identifies a more user-friendly empathic practice: Implications for mentors

New study identifies a more user-friendly empathic practice: Implications for mentors

Posted by Bert Gambini Advising someone to “walk a mile in their shoes” as a way to get them to empathize with others may be bad advice for their emotional health, according to a new study. “That’s because there are two routes to empathy and one of them is more personally distressing and upsetting than […]

Two ways to prevent volunteer burnout and attrition

Two ways to prevent volunteer burnout and attrition

Allen, J.A., & Mueller, S.L. (2013). The revolving door: A closer look at major factors in volunteers’ intention to quit. Journal of Community Psychology, 41(2), 139-155. Introduction: Volunteers provide an invaluable service to non-profit organizations and communities. Unfortunately, perhaps because of the voluntary nature of the role, there is a lot of turnover among volunteers. […]

Profiles in Mentoring

How the ‘Friends of the Children’ Mentorship Program Helps Vulnerable Youth Thrive

How the ‘Friends of the Children’ Mentorship Program Helps Vulnerable Youth Thrive

Terri Sorensen is president of Friends of the Children. Originally posted in The 74   Michael, who lives in Portland, Oregon, is the youngest of three kids. His mother, a domestic violence survivor, became a mom at age 16. When Michael was 4 years old, his father passed away in prison. Family circumstances such as […]

The environmental case for youth mentoring

The environmental case for youth mentoring

Particularly in light of the recent climate news, we are delighted to re-post Colin Beavan’s compelling contribution to the Chronicle. Colin Beavan, PhD, is a writer, speaker, consultant, life coach, and activist. He is the author of the book No Impact Man and subject of the documentary by the same name. His work has been covered […]

Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Julie Gehring

Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Julie Gehring

Written by Jelle de Graaf and Vera van den Berg Julie Gehring is the Director of Mentoring at Mother Caroline Academy in Boston. Mother Caroline Academy is a private, tuition-free school for girls in grades 4 to 8 from families with limited means. At the academy she works to match girls in grade 7 and […]

News & Funding Opportunities

Rich-poor divide in high school sports

Rich-poor divide in high school sports

Data reveal inequality that threatens American Dream BRUCE MOHL and  HARI PATEL (Commonwealth Journal) EACH YEAR, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association compiles athletic participation data from public, charter, and parochial high schools across the state. In nine out of the past 10 years, the publicized narrative about the data has been the same: that athletic participation […]

MENTOR and Congressmember teaming up on mentoring for foster care youth

MENTOR and Congressmember teaming up on mentoring for foster care youth

Written by Representative Karen Bass, CA, and David Shapiro, President and CEO, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership Too often, our child welfare system is perceived to be a massive, immovable force in which only youth-serving professionals can make a difference in improving the system and lives of the young people involved. Fortunately, that’s not true: […]

Making the case for mentors in helping veterans translate their skills to civilian life

Making the case for mentors in helping veterans translate their skills to civilian life

Written by Julie Silard Kantor, President & CEO, Twomentor, LLC At Twomentor, we like to share bi-weekly thought leadership from phenomenal executives and social entrepreneurs focused on: social impact entrepreneurship, mentoring cultures, sponsorship and elevating women & diversity in STEM careers. In an increasingly competitive STEM workforce, did you know that out of 1.4 million […]

Webinars, Podcasts & Forums

Webinar – Partnerships Drive Success:  Using Cross-sector Collaborations to Build Capacity in Youth Agencies

Webinar – Partnerships Drive Success: Using Cross-sector Collaborations to Build Capacity in Youth Agencies

Thursday, June 22, 2017 1:00 PM – 2:15PM EDT Partnering with local organizations, other mentoring and/or youth agencies and businesses can help mentoring programs expand their services beyond the current program model, recruit more qualified mentors and maximize their fundraising efforts. Join this webinar to explore how programs can identify, support and cultivate valuable cross-sector […]

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Webinar – The Restorative Power of Mentoring for Sexually Exploited Youth

Webinar – The Restorative Power of Mentoring for Sexually Exploited Youth

Thursday, May 18, 2017 1:00 PM – 2:15PM EDT Youth who experience commercial sexual exploitation are often victimized by adults who appear to care for them. This type of trauma destroys trust and may significantly affect a youth’s ability to form healthy relationships. Mentoring has the potential to be restorative, providing an opportunity for healing […]

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Enrollment closing May 8th for the Summer Institute on Mentoring: Sign up today!

Enrollment closing May 8th for the Summer Institute on Mentoring: Sign up today!

REGISTER HERE! The application deadline is approaching for the 2017 Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring, to be held July 17-20, 2017 at Portland State University. Space is limited, and the application deadline is Monday, May 8th, 2017. The 2017 Institute will address the theme of Mentoring in the Civic Space, focusing on intersections between mentoring […]