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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 […]

Schultz Family Foundation and MENTOR Launch National Mentorship Initiative to Support Opportunity Youth

Schultz Family Foundation and MENTOR Launch National Mentorship Initiative to Support Opportunity Youth

 Schultz Family Foundation and MENTOR Launch National Mentorship Initiative to Support Opportunity Youth The project is being piloted in five cities and aims to scale nationwide by 2022 BOSTON/SEATTLE – As part of its continuing commitment to unlock opportunities for 4.6 million Opportunity Youth in the U.S. – youth and young adults between the ages of 16-24 […]

Wise feedback: How to Provide Critical Feedback Across the Racial Divide

Wise feedback: How to Provide Critical Feedback Across the Racial Divide

Yaeger, D. S. et al., (2014). Breaking the Cycle of Mistrust: Wise Interventions to Provide Critical Feedback Across the Racial Divide. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. 143, 804–824 From the abstract Three double-blind randomized field experiments examined the effects of a strategy to restore trust on minority adolescents’ responses to critical feedback. In Studies 1 and […]

Can grades, attendance, and life satisfaction change after just 8 sessions of school-based mentoring?: Yes!!

Can grades, attendance, and life satisfaction change after just 8 sessions of school-based mentoring?: Yes!!

McQuillin S. & Lyons, D. (2016). Brief instrumental school-based mentoring for middle school students: theory and impact.  Advances in School Mental Health Promotion,  9, 2, 73–89. (reprinted from Abstract) This study evaluated the efficacy of an intentionally brief school-based mentoring program. This academic goal-focused mentoring program was developed through a series of iterative randomized controlled […]

“Then a miracle occurs:” Why we need a better understanding of youth mentoring

“Then a miracle occurs:” Why we need a better understanding of youth mentoring

by Jean Rhodes Early in my career, I developed a conceptual model of youth mentoring that, to my surprise, has been a remarkably durable and useful heuristic. It has been applied to formal and natural mentoring relationships and used to explain everything from short-term, goal-focused relationships with classroom volunteers to lifelong bonds with devoted grandparents. […]

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What is peer review and why do we need it?

What is peer review and why do we need it?

By Adar Ben-Eliyahu, Ph.D. Assistant Professor at University of Haifa Peer review refers to a process used for evaluating published academic work, grant proposals, etc. You may think of this process as similar to that of a teacher looking over their students’ work, except that, instead of teachers and students, it is expert colleagues. Who are […]

Supporting mentoring relationships of youth in foster care: Do program practices predict match length?

Supporting mentoring relationships of youth in foster care: Do program practices predict match length?

Stelter, R., Kupersmidt, J.,& Stump, K.(2018).Supporting mentoring relationships of youth in foster care: Do program practices predict match length? American Journal of Community Psychology, Apr 15, 2018. Summary (reprinted from the Abstract) Implementation of research- and safety-based program practices enhance the longevity of mentoring relationships, in general; however, little is known about how mentoring programs might support the relationships […]

Mentors help first-generation college students succeed

Mentors help first-generation college students succeed

Fruiht, V. and Chan, T. (2018). Naturally Occurring Mentorship in a National Sample of First-Generation College Goers: A Promising Portal for Academic and Developmental Success. American Journal of Community Psychology (2018) 0:1–12. Editor’s Note: Professor Veronica Fruiht continues to produce important research on natural mentoring relationships. In this new study, she and her colleague find […]

Study Highlights the Importance of Mentor Attunement

Study Highlights the Importance of Mentor Attunement

Pryce, J. (2013). Mentor attunement: An approach to Successful School-based Mentoring Relationships. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 29, 285–305  Background In this study, Julia Pryce, Professor of Social Work at Loyola University, notes that successful mentoring “requires an exceptional level of effort and commitment” and that many youth mentoring relationships fall short. The strongest […]

Study of natural mentors highlights importance of relationship quality

Study of natural mentors highlights importance of relationship quality

Whitney, Hendricker & Offutt (2014). Moderating factors of natural mentoring relationships, problem behaviors, and emotional well-being. Mentoring and Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 19(1), 83-105. Summarized by Stella Kanchewa, Ph.D. Researcher and practitioners alike have noted that quality mentoring relationships in which there is a sense of trust, mutuality and closeness have the greatest potential to […]