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New research evaluates impact of pairing at-risk youth with survivors of the Holocaust
By September 7, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

New research evaluates impact of pairing at-risk youth with survivors of the Holocaust

A Social-Justice Informed Evaluation of a Mentorship-Based Program Pairing At-Risk Youth and Holocaust Survivors Morgan-Consoli et al., 2016 Summarized by Rachel Rubin   Background: Mentoring programs have been shown to have positive outcomes for youth, such as improving youths’ relationships with adults and peers. The mentoring literature specifically exploring cross-cultural community mentoring between under-represented youth […]

Our developing understanding of child development: A new video on the effects of toxic stress

Our developing understanding of child development: A new video on the effects of toxic stress

Written by Justin Preston In a new animated short from the Atlantic, we learn a bit about the progress we’ve made in gaining a better understanding of child development. More specifically, we learn about the impacts of toxic stress on the developing brain and, subsequently, the developing child (for more on toxic stress, see our […]

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 […]

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 […]

How a Canadian mentoring program flipped the script on negative refugee stereotypes

How a Canadian mentoring program flipped the script on negative refugee stereotypes

By Julia Pryce and Michael Kelly Ammar (not his real name), a refugee from Syria, entered Canada two years ago at the age of 14. When he first moved to Canada with his mother and sister, he was extremely shy and had no friends or sense of community. But now, at 16, Ammar is an active member […]

New Evidence Review on Mentoring Immigrant and Refugee Youth

New Evidence Review on Mentoring Immigrant and Refugee Youth

Written by Michael Garringer As part of our ongoing series of reviews on the evidence for specific mentoring models or mentoring various youth populations, the National Mentoring Resource Center is happy to announce the release of Mentoring for First-Generation Immigrant and Refugee Youth authored by Dr. Ashmeet Oberoi of the University of Miami. This review […]

Research review: Mentoring for LGBTQI-GNC Youth
By September 26, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Research review: Mentoring for LGBTQI-GNC Youth

The National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC) has published the latest installment in their series: Mentoring Model/Population Review. The September 2016 iteration is a review of the latest research on the subject of mentoring youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, and gender nonconforming (LGBTQI-GNC). Written by Christian L. Rummell, the review spans nearly […]

How do we know that mentoring works?: The many benefits of experimental designs

How do we know that mentoring works?: The many benefits of experimental designs

by Adar Ben-Eliyahu, Ph.D. How do we know that mentoring works? How do we know that a child would not have improved anyways? The best way to understand whether programs affect youth outcomes is to compare groups of children who are the same in every way—except that some have been randomly assigned to receive mentoring […]

What’s the difference between dependent and independent variables?
By February 9, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

What’s the difference between dependent and independent variables?

by Adar Ben-Eliyahu Independent Variables Independent variables are the characteristics that we think predict the outcomes of interest. In mentoring research, we might think that such factors as the mentors’ age, the youth gender, the quality of the relationship, and the programs’ level of supervision would predict better youth outcomes. In this case, those factors […]

Five important ways that mentors help youth regulate their emotions

Five important ways that mentors help youth regulate their emotions

Emotion Regulation in Mentoring Relationships by  Ben-Eliyahu, Ph.D. Long ago, psychologists recognized the important role that emotions can play in shaping the quality of our relationships and, more generally, our life courses. Emotions spark the bond between parents and their newborns; they attract romantic partners and they draw us to certain activities and deter us […]