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New research determines how long it takes to make a friend: Implications for mentors and programs

New research determines how long it takes to make a friend: Implications for mentors and programs

Posted by Rick Hellman, futurity.org It takes more than 200 hours before someone can be considered a close friend, according to a new study that explores how long it typically takes to move through the deepening stages of friendship. That means time spent hanging out, joking around, playing video games, and the like, says Jeffrey […]

Getting active can help boost mentors’ and mentees’ happiness: New research

Getting active can help boost mentors’ and mentees’ happiness: New research

Written by Justin Preston The benefits of exercise in helping serve as one piece of the puzzle in combating depression and anxiety have been well-documented. Less attention has been paid to the ways in which people who are not depressed may be helped by physical activity. In a recent review of studies on exercise in […]

New research identifies program practices as predictors of match longevity

New research identifies program practices as predictors of match longevity

Kupersmidt, J. B., Stump, K. N., Stelter, R. L., & Rhodes, J. E. (2017). Mentoring program practices as predictors of match longevity. Journal of Community Psychology, 1, 1-16. DOI: 10.1002/jcop.21883 Summarized by Justin Preston Introduction Mentoring relationships have long been associated with positive academic, social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes for youth. These positive findings, though, […]

UNICEF integrates mentoring and innovation in refugee camps to provide opportunity

UNICEF integrates mentoring and innovation in refugee camps to provide opportunity

Written by Andrina Beuggert, Innovation Consultant at UNICEF Jordan Young Syrians in Jordan’s Azraq and Zaatari camps face an uncertain future. Once they finish school, limited training and work opportunities are available to them and only a few get to leave the camp to go to university. They face pressure to provide for their families, […]

Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring 2018 Registration Now Open!

Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring 2018 Registration Now Open!

2018 Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring Portland State University July 23-26, 2018   The Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring offers a distinctive educational opportunity for experienced mentoring professionals to engage in highly interactive discussions that provide an in-depth view of the research and examine its implications for program policies and practices. Participants attend an intensive […]

New Webinar: Promoting Screening Practices for Safety and Suitability of Mentors

New Webinar: Promoting Screening Practices for Safety and Suitability of Mentors

Mentor screening is critical to establishing a safe environment within our mentoring programs. Practitioners have the important yet oftentimes overwhelming responsibility of ensuring that program participants are safe from harm and set up to flourish from the support of a suitable, well-trained adult. But how can practitioners develop comprehensive screening policies and procedures to ensure […]

Perfectionism: What it is and 5 ways mentors can help their mentees shake it

Perfectionism: What it is and 5 ways mentors can help their mentees shake it

Written by Justin Preston “Anything worth doing, is worth doing right,” according to Hunter S. Thompson, and many would be inclined to agree. What happens, though, when we cross the line between wanting to do something right and needing to do it perfectly? Unfortunately, according to a new study perfectionism is on the rise. In […]

Support in transition: The characteristics of natural mentors for youth in foster care

Support in transition: The characteristics of natural mentors for youth in foster care

Duke, T., Farruggia, S. P., & Germo, G. R. (2017). “I don’t know where I would be right now if it wasn’t for them”: Emancipated foster care youth and their important non-parental adults. Children and Youth Services Review, 76, 65-73. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.02.015 Summarized by Justin Preston Introduction As of 2015 in the United States, nearly 428,000 […]

4 strategies (and 2 tools) to improve cultural competency in youth mentoring

4 strategies (and 2 tools) to improve cultural competency in youth mentoring

by Bernadette Sánchez, PhD. How can we overcome cultural mistrust in mentoring relationships? (see related post) First, as staff get to know youth when they enter a mentoring program, it will be helpful to screen whether youth have cultural mistrust.  Practitioners can use this Cultural Mistrust Measure-Interpersonal Scale that we adapted to use with adolescents. This may […]

New research identifies benefits, and cautions, of mentoring organizational youth engagement
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New research identifies benefits, and cautions, of mentoring organizational youth engagement

Ramey, H. L., Rose-Krasnor, L., & Lawford, H. L. (2017). Youth-adult partnerships and youth identity style. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 46, 442-453. doi: 10.1007/s10964-016-0474-6 Summarized by Justin Preston Introduction Youth-adult partnerships, or collaborations between youth and adults sharing work in order to promote social justice, strengthen organizations, and tackle issues facing their communities, can […]