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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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Levi van Dam
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Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Levi van Dam

Written by Jelle de Graaf Levi van Dam is a child psychologist and developer of Youth initiated Mentoring (YIM) in the Netherlands. During his previous work in youth care, Levi has experience directly working with young people in residential homes that experienced multiple challenges like addiction and psychological disorders. Today Levi is working towards his […]

Policy Corner: Janet Forbush on September policy developments
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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 […]