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Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Torie Weiston-Serdan on Critical Mentoring

Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Torie Weiston-Serdan on Critical Mentoring

Written by Vera van den Berg  Torie Weiston-Serdan is the founder of the Youth Mentoring Action Network— a non-profit organization that focuses on youth mentoring. Moreover, Torie Weiston-Serdan is the author of “Critical mentoring: A practical guide”. She examines how marginalized and minority youth are served by mentoring and mentoring organizations. Critical mentoring, central to […]

Good Enough Mentors
By October 25, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Good Enough Mentors

by Timothy Cavell   In the 2nd edition of the Handbook of Youth Mentoring (DuBois & Karcher, 2013), Chris Elledge and I (Cavell & Elledge, 2013) offered this definition of youth mentoring: Youth men­toring is the practice of using program-sponsored relationships between identified youth and older volunteers (or paraprofessionals) as a context for prevention-focused activities […]

Transference: A rarely acknowledged dimension of youth mentoring relationships
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Transference: A rarely acknowledged dimension of youth mentoring relationships

In a recent NYTimes magazine article, therapist Lori Gottlieb discussed the concept of “transference,” a psychoanalytic term coined by Freud. In it, she noted that: “Essentially, “transference” is a jargony way to describe what happens when a patient redirects unconscious feelings toward the therapist, who is often serving as a stand-in for someone else in […]

Natural mentors can buffer the effects of racial discrimination on African American youth
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Natural mentors can buffer the effects of racial discrimination on African American youth

Editor’s Note: Recent events and protests have sparked a national dialogue around race and the role of racial discrimination in the lives of young African Americans. This study suggests that both parents and mentors can play an important role in attenuating some of the negative effects and keeping young people focused on school.  Cooper, M. S., […]

Why “intentional” mentoring is so important
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Why “intentional” mentoring is so important

by Jean Rhodes I’d like to make the case make for intentional mentoring in all youth settings, but let’s start with a an example from youth sports. The National Council on Youth Sports estimates that more than 45 million youth between 8 and 19 participate in some form of youth sports each year, making it one of […]

An effective group mentoring program that draws on cognitive behavior therapy
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An effective group mentoring program that draws on cognitive behavior therapy

Editor’s note: Researchers implemented a mentoring program that was grounded in evidence-based therapeutic practices. This appears to be a very promising approach to group mentoring. University of Chicago Crime Lab. (2012). BAM – sports edition: Research and policy brief. Chicago, IL:   Crime Lab. (summarized by Laura Yovienne)   The low rates of graduation (~53%) […]

Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Kristin Humphrey of Partners for Youth with Disabilities

Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Kristin Humphrey of Partners for Youth with Disabilities

Kristin Humphrey is the Mentoring Director at Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD), a Boston-based organization with national impact that matches youth with disabilities with caring adults through one-on-one, group, and online mentoring. Humphrey has worked with youth with disabilities for the past nine years, and has been involved with mentoring for over a decade. […]

Natural mentors for youth: Leveraging a familial asset for drinking prevention and intervention

Natural mentors for youth: Leveraging a familial asset for drinking prevention and intervention

Strunin, L., Díaz-Martínez, A., Díaz-Martínez, L. R., Kuranz, S., Hernández-Ávila, C. A., Pantridge, C. E., & Fernández-Varela, H. (2015). Natural mentors and youth drinking: a qualitative study of Mexican youths. Health education research, 30(4), 660-670. Summarized by Rachel Rubin   Background It is widely documented that family attitudes and patterns influence youth behaviors and outcomes, such as […]

Asking youth about substance use does not make it more likely: New research

Asking youth about substance use does not make it more likely: New research

Posted by Kim Eckart Researchers report finding no evidence that discussing drug and alcohol use with preteens encourages them to try drugs or drinking. The study focused on school-based surveys of fifth- and sixth-graders to determine whether their behaviors changed over time. The research team found that, among two groups of students—one surveyed in fifth […]

New research highlights role for mentors in improving work outcomes for individuals with disabilities

New research highlights role for mentors in improving work outcomes for individuals with disabilities

Written by Justin Preston Family and close friends play an integral role in helping people with childhood-onset disabilities attain quality employment as adults, a new study from Oregon State University has found. However, not everyone has an extensive family network available to them. In such a context, a mentor can help bridge the gap and […]