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Diversity training can help, but it needs to be sustained
By February 23, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Diversity training can help, but it needs to be sustained

Posted by Matthew Biddle Diversity training programs at work can build awareness of cultural differences, but often fall short at changing attitudes and behaviors. Published in Psychological Bulletin, the study finds diversity training can be successful—but that results vary widely based on the content and length of training and whether it was accompanied by other […]

Good news!: The “Elements” lead to effective practice
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Good news!: The “Elements” lead to effective practice

by Jean Rhodes If you haven’t been using MENTOR’s Elements of Effective Practice (EEPM) you’re missing a golden opportunity to improve relationship length and strength. Of course, many mentoring practitioners know the EEPM well—in fact some have even witnessed its evolution from a somewhat unwieldy grab bag of ideas to a more tightly stipulated set of safety […]

New research demonstrates connection between mentoring benefits and relationship stage
By February 15, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

New research demonstrates connection between mentoring benefits and relationship stage

DeWit, D., DuBois, D., Erdem, G., Larose, S. & Lipman, E. (2016). The role of program-supported relationships in promoting youth mental health, behavioral and developmental outcomes. Prevention Science, 17, 646-657. DOI 10.1007/s11121-016-0663-2 Summarized by Justin Preston   Introduction Recent meta-analyses of mentoring research have found that youth paired with a caring, non-parental adult experience a […]

Using trauma-informed practices in your program? New research has created a scale to determine satisfaction
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Using trauma-informed practices in your program? New research has created a scale to determine satisfaction

Goodman, L. A., Sullivan, C. M., Serrata, J., Perilla, J., Wilson, J. M., Fauci, J. E., & DiGiovanni, C. D. (2016). Development and validation of the Trauma-Informed Practice Scales. Journal of Community Psychology, 44(6), 747-764. doi: 10.1002/jcop.21799 Summarized by Jessica Cunningham   Background: The past several decades have seen a sharp increase on trauma research, […]

A hidden benefit of cross-race/culture mentoring
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A hidden benefit of cross-race/culture mentoring

How Diversity Makes Us Smarter Being around people who are different from us makes us more creative, more diligent and harder-working By Katherine W. Phillips (from Scientific American) Credit: Edel Rodriguez In Brief Decades of research by organizational scientists, psychologists, sociologists, economists and demographers show that socially diverse groups (that is, those with a diversity of […]

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Mindfulness can make mentees more receptive to health advice
By February 15, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Mindfulness can make mentees more receptive to health advice

Posted by Ashton Yount on futurity.org When you hear health messages—such as quit smoking or get more exercise—do you feel motivated or ashamed? A new study suggests how we react may depend on how mindful we are. According to Yoona Kang, a postdoctoral fellow at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, […]

New Book “Teach to Work” seeks to bridge education-business gap through mentoring
By February 10, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

New Book “Teach to Work” seeks to bridge education-business gap through mentoring

by Patty Alper Mentoring transforms lives. I have learned this firsthand through the eyes of six hundred inner city students I have had the privilege of mentoring over the last fifteen years. In Teach to Work, I will show how you can improve the lives of high school, community college, or university students, while simultaneously […]

New research on toxic stress and poverty: Implications for practice

New research on toxic stress and poverty: Implications for practice

by Venessa Marks and Julie Novak This post is part of a three-post series on toxic stress. The first post explains what toxic stress is and why it matters for youth mentoring programs, and this second post highlights what professional staff needs to know about toxic stress. A third will discuss recent programmatic innovations related to […]

Mentoring by the numbers: Some surprising trends in volunteer efforts
By January 23, 2017 1 Comments Read More →

Mentoring by the numbers: Some surprising trends in volunteer efforts

By Jean Rhodes and Elizabeth Raposa Let’s start with a pop quiz. Here goes: How many American adults, aged 18 and older served as volunteer mentors in 2015? And, #2, how have these numbers changed over the past decade? Take a few minutes to think these questions over? Ok, ready for the answer? Drawing from […]

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From poetry to justice: Mentors as partners in youth’s critical awareness and activism
By January 18, 2017 1 Comments Read More →

From poetry to justice: Mentors as partners in youth’s critical awareness and activism

by Jean Rhodes Sixteen-year old Kayla Harris loves poetry. She pens verses in the margins of her notebooks during class, fine tuning them on the bus as it rattles from her public school in Boston’s West Roxbury neighborhood to her grandmother’s apartment in nearby Mattapan. She composes them in her head each night, tuning out […]

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