Content for Mentors

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 […]

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. […]

Make your voice heard! House of Representatives voting TODAY on Child Protections Improvements Act

Make your voice heard! House of Representatives voting TODAY on Child Protections Improvements Act

Dear Chronicle readers, This week the U.S. House of Representatives will finally take action and vote on H.R. 695, the Child Protection Improvements Act (CPIA). We need as many Representatives as possible to vote “yes” on CPIA, so that we show strong support for this commonsense bipartisan bill that keeps kids safe. If CPIA passes […]

Mentors can help students overcome math anxiety

Mentors can help students overcome math anxiety

Posted by Mark Peters Even students who perform extremely well on math exams can suffer from anxiety. And the better a student does at math, the more strongly anxiety will drag his or her performance down, new research shows. And the relationship between anxiety and achievement holds true not just in the United States, but […]

Self-stigma: An added burden in mental health problems

Self-stigma: An added burden in mental health problems

Moses, T. (2010). Adolescent mental health consumers’ self-stigma: Associations with parents’ and adolescents’ illness perceptions and parental stigma. Journal of Community Psychology, 38(6), 781-798. doi: 10.1002/jcop.20395 Summarized by Jessica Cunningham Background: Previous studies have shown that mental illness is highly stigmatized in the United States, but little research has been done on predictors of self-stigmatization […]

Drs. Renee Spencer and Belle Liang featured in NY Times on the impact of summer mentoring for teens

Drs. Renee Spencer and Belle Liang featured in NY Times on the impact of summer mentoring for teens

Written by Lisa Damour, New York Times As teenagers make plans for the summer, several questions pop up. What do they want to do? Do they need to make money? To these we should add a question that might not always jump to mind: Will they have a chance to learn from a mentor? David […]

Many Americans have difficulty recognizing signs of mental illness

Many Americans have difficulty recognizing signs of mental illness

Posted by Andy Henion Many Americans have trouble recognizing the signs of anxiety and substance abuse, a new national survey on mental-health literacy suggests. “Our work is designed to help communities think about how to address behavioral health challenges as they emerge, whether that’s drug abuse, anxiety, or other issues, and the challenges such as suicide […]

Tips from the American Psychological Association on talking about mental health

Tips from the American Psychological Association on talking about mental health

Editor’s Note: As May is National Mental Health Month, we are focusing on tips and tools mentors and programs can integrate into their mentoring relationships to provide support to the mentors as well as the mentees, themselves. This article was originally posted by the American Psychological Association, with links to sources from the American Psychiatric […]

Mentors can spot mental health troubles in mentees

Mentors can spot mental health troubles in mentees

Zimmerman, M. A. (2010). Natural mentors, mental health, and risk behaviors: A longitudinal analysis of African American adolescents transitioning into adulthood. American Journal of Community Psychology, 46(1-2), 36-48. doi: 10.1007/s10464-010-9325-x Summarized by Jessica Cunningham Background: As adolescents grow into adults, they are faced with a number of difficult transitions when becoming more independent. Transition periods […]

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 […]