Tag: youth initiated mentoring

The importance of community context in natural mentoring

The importance of community context in natural mentoring

Schwartz, S. O., Chan, C., Rhodes, J., & Scales, P. (2013). Community developmental assets and positive youth development: The role of natural mentors. Research in Human Development. 10, 141-162.   Introduction:  Research on positive youth development has highlighted the importance of supportive community contexts (Youngblade & Theokas, 2010). In this study, Schwartz and colleagues explored how […]

The real mentoring gap—and what to do about it

The real mentoring gap—and what to do about it

by Jean Rhodes If you haven’t already read Chapter 5 of the new book, “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis”  you’re in for a big surprise. The author, Robert D. Putnam, is a Harvard sociology professor who made “social capital” a household word with his best seller, “Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American […]

New study explores commitment in mentoring relationships
By August 20, 2014 1 Comments Read More →

New study explores commitment in mentoring relationships

Gettings, P.E., & Wilson, S.R. (2014). Examining commitment and relational maintenance in formal youth mentoring relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 1-27. Summarized by UMass Boston doctoral student Laura Yoviene Introduction: This study uses a social exchange perspective in order to investigate mentors’ commitment and their specific relational maintenance behaviors in the context of […]

UMass Boston’s CEBM to Study Youth Initiated Mentoring in YouthBuild Programs

UMass Boston’s CEBM to Study Youth Initiated Mentoring in YouthBuild Programs

Submitted by Kelly Belmonte on Fri, 06/06/2014 – 11:39  YouthBuild USA is pleased to announce a collaboration with UMass Boston’s Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring (CEBM) to evaluate Youth Initiated Mentoring (YIM) as implemented within YouthBuild programs. The project is being funded through a research grant from the United States Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and […]

Meet Kate Bronner, Foster Forward Program Coordinator
By December 11, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Meet Kate Bronner, Foster Forward Program Coordinator

A note from Connected Learning Editor, Dr. Sarah Schwartz: Mike Garringer recently wrote a thoughtful column about whether we should be devoting more time and resources to natural mentoring or focusing primarily on formal mentoring relationships. I wanted to highlight a program working with youth in the foster care system that is doing both, including […]

Teaching Youth to Recruit Supportive Adults
By November 12, 2013 6 Comments Read More →

Teaching Youth to Recruit Supportive Adults

 by Sarah Schwartz The story of 15-year-old Davion Only has gone viral, following an article published in the Tampa Bay Times about his appeal to a church congregation for an adoptive family (see story here). Davion had been in foster care all of his life, waiting for a family to adopt him. It was his […]

Youth-initiated mentoring in the news
By August 23, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Youth-initiated mentoring in the news

from Digital Journal UMass Boston Research Highlights Value of Youth-Initiated Mentoring PRWEB.COM Newswire Boston, MA (PRWEB) August 23, 2013 Jean Rhodes, director of the UMass Boston/MENTOR Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring, and her colleagues have demonstrated the value of Youth-Initiated Mentoring (YIM) in three new peer-reviewed studies. In the YIM model, young people select their own mentors from […]

An in-depth look at youth initiated mentoring

An in-depth look at youth initiated mentoring

Spencer, R., Schwartz, S. O., & Rhodes, J. E. (in press). “Somebody who was on my side”: A qualitative examination of youth initiated mentoring. Youth & Society. Introduction: Youth initiated mentoring (YIM) is a new approach to mentoring in which youth identify and recruit caring adults from within their existing communities. By using this innovative […]

Youth Initiated Mentoring: A new approach to working with vulnerable adolescents

Youth Initiated Mentoring: A new approach to working with vulnerable adolescents

Schwartz, S., Rhodes, J., Spencer, R., & Grossman, J. (in press.) Youth initiated mentoring: Investigating a new approach to working with vulnerable adolescents. American Journal of Community Psychology.   Introduction:  This article examines the use of Youth Initiated Mentoring (YIM) in the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (NGYCP), an intensive residential program for youth who […]