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What keeps a mentor engaged? New research sheds some light.

What keeps a mentor engaged? New research sheds some light.

Larsson, M., Pettersson, C., Eriksson, C., & Skoog, T. (2016). Initial motives and organizational context enabling female mentors’ engagement in formal mentoring–A qualitative study from the mentors’ perspective. Children and Youth Services Review, 71, 17-26. Summarized by Kirsten Christensen   Introduction Youth have a strong need to develop close relationships with those around them to succeed developmentally. […]

Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Tom Rosenberg of the American Camp Association

Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Tom Rosenberg of the American Camp Association

Written by Rachel Rubin Tom Rosenberg is the President/CEO of the American Camp Association (ACA), a community of summer camp professionals working to promote youth development through the preservation, promotion, and improvement of the camp experience. In addition to his variety of volunteer roles in ACA (e.g., treasurer, board member), Tom has worked in the […]

Pilot program in Baltimore uses mentoring to open up job opportunities

Pilot program in Baltimore uses mentoring to open up job opportunities

Written by Jayne Miller, WBAL-TV11 Baltimore is struggling to deal with crime committed by youth. Advocates said one answer is to get more young people engaged through jobs and mentoring. But is it easier said than done? For the first time, 16-year-old Kendrick Senior had a job this summer. It was nothing glamorous — he […]

Six factors that promote intellectual engagement and foster your mentee’s potential

Six factors that promote intellectual engagement and foster your mentee’s potential

Written by Justin Preston In a recent article published in Human Development, researchers outlined a series of six factors of intellectual engagement that they argue, when present across all stages of life, can help to maintain and even spur cognitive growth. Cognitive growth, or the continuing development of cognitive faculties such as creativity and skill […]

Easy steps to make your voice heard: Contact your Congressmember during the August Recess

Easy steps to make your voice heard: Contact your Congressmember during the August Recess

Written by Abbie Evans and Adriane Alicea, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership This August, Congress will recess and Members will return to their home districts for a constituent work period. During this time, they will meet with organizations, visit local community businesses and non-profits and conduct town halls to stay connected with their district. Fortunately, […]

Recent NY Times piece highlights importance of mentoring youth with disabilities

Recent NY Times piece highlights importance of mentoring youth with disabilities

Written by Justin Preston A new piece in the New York Times highlights the importance of caring adults providing support for youths living with disability. The author, Alaina Leary, describes her mother’s role not just as a caregiver, but also as a model for being an adult with a disability. Once Leary began exhibiting symptoms […]

New research demonstrates impact of sports mentoring on life skills development

New research demonstrates impact of sports mentoring on life skills development

Choi, E., Park, J. J., Jo, K., & Lee, O. (2015). The influence of a sports mentoring program on children’s life skills development. Journal of Physical Education and Sport, 15(2), 264. Summarized by Kirsten Christensen   Introduction In recent years, there has been a paradigm shift in how we conceptualize youth development, moving from a […]

Youths’ belief in upward mobility challenged: New research and what mentors and programs can do

Youths’ belief in upward mobility challenged: New research and what mentors and programs can do

Posted by Hilary Hurd Anyaso, Futurity.org New research suggests high school and college students from low socioeconomic status (SES) backgrounds have less drive to overcome academic hardships when they harbor doubts about the odds of people with similar backgrounds achieving upward economic mobility. Three new studies extend previous research demonstrating that low-SES students who see […]

Profiles in Mentoring: A Conversation with Johanna Greeson on Natural Mentoring and Foster Care

Profiles in Mentoring: A Conversation with Johanna Greeson on Natural Mentoring and Foster Care

by Kate Powers Introduction: Johanna Greeson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Greeson received her MSW from Bryn Mawr College in 1999, and then returned to school for a PhD in social work from UNC-Chapel Hill, which she received in 2009. Dr. Greeson […]

Mentoring helps youth plan for the future: New research

Mentoring helps youth plan for the future: New research

Lau, W. S., Zhou, X. C., & Lai, S. M. (2017). The development of mentoring‐relationship quality, future‐planning style, and career goal setting among adolescents from a disadvantaged background. PsyCh Journal, 6(1), 76-82. Summarized by Kirsten Christensen   Introduction Adolescents’ ability to plan for the future can be an important protective factor that increases life chances, promotes healthy […]