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Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Julie Gehring

Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Julie Gehring

Written by Jelle de Graaf and Vera van den Berg Julie Gehring is the Director of Mentoring at Mother Caroline Academy in Boston. Mother Caroline Academy is a private, tuition-free school for girls in grades 4 to 8 from families with limited means. At the academy she works to match girls in grade 7 and […]

Policy Corner: May updates from Janet Forbush

Policy Corner: May updates from Janet Forbush

Written by Janet Forbush, Senior Advisor with the Center for the Advancement of Mentoring May 2017 Trump Fiscal Year 2018 Federal Budget Proposal The Trump administration unveiled their proposed fiscal year 2018 budget earlier this week featuring 13 major initiatives, nine of which outline draconian spending cuts aimed chiefly at programs and services impacting low-income […]

New study identifies a more user-friendly empathic practice: Implications for mentors

New study identifies a more user-friendly empathic practice: Implications for mentors

Posted by Bert Gambini Advising someone to “walk a mile in their shoes” as a way to get them to empathize with others may be bad advice for their emotional health, according to a new study. “That’s because there are two routes to empathy and one of them is more personally distressing and upsetting than […]

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 […]