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How to Build a Great Relationship with a Mentor

By Mark Horoszowski, Harvard Business Review The research on the power of mentorship is pretty clear: People with mentors perform better, advance in their careers faster, and even experience more work-life satisfaction. And mentors benefit, too. After all, “to teach is to learn twice.” Despite all these benefits, and even though 76% of working professionals […]

This just in: A new meta-analysis on mentoring programs for youth in foster care shows

Poon, C. Y. S., Christensen, K. M., & Rhodes, J. E. (2021). A Meta-analysis of the Effects of Mentoring on Youth in Foster Care. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-021-01472-6 Notes of Interest:  Although various meta-analyses assess the overall effectiveness of mentoring relationships for youths, there are no known meta-analyses that examine whether this also applies to […]

The impact of school-based mentoring: What are some common problems and solutions in the field?

McQuillin, S. D., Lyons, M. D., Clayton, R. J., & Anderson, J. R. (2020). Assessing the impact of school-based mentoring: Common problems and solutions associated with evaluating nonprescriptive youth development programs. Applied Developmental Science, 24(3), 215–229. https://doi.org/10.1080/10888691.2018.1454837 Notes of Interest:  Although youth development and mentoring programs support youths during their transition from adolescence to adulthood, they don’t target […]

What makes a mentoring relationship strong? New study has answers!

Goldner, L., & Ben-Eliyahu, A. (2021). Unpacking Community-Based Youth Mentoring Relationships: An Integrative Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(11), 5666. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18115666 Summarized by Ariel Ervin  Notes of Interest:  Although formal community-based mentoring (CBM) is a popular way to advocate for positive development and health, it’s still unclear as to which factors and processes […]

New study finds Dutch youth were more likely to adhere to COVID-19 measures if they had a natural mentor

Koning, N., Hagedoorn, N., Stams, G.-J. J. M., Assink, M., & van Dam, L. (2021). What makes Dutch youth comply with preventive COVID-19 measures? An explorative study. Journal of Community Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.22651 Notes of Interest:  Taking preventative measures is necessary to limit the spread of COVID-19. This explorative study explores which factors affect whether or not […]

High-quality relationships with parents can protect high-risk adolescent girls from depressive symptoms

By Karen D. Rudolph and Christy Buchanan, Society for Research on Adolescence Time spent with peers increases during adolescence compared to childhood, and adolescents are believed to become more susceptible to peer influences and more vulnerable to the stressful peer experience of social exclusion.  As characterized in the movie “Mean Girls,” adolescent girls especially have […]

[Distinguished Lecture Series] Using Visual Methods to Research Adolescents’ Trust Within: Supportive Youth-Adult Relationships

Date: August 12, 2021 12:00PM EDT Trust is key to supportive youth-adult relationships yet also dynamic and abstract. Visual methods can be used during data collection to enhance the nature of interview data, helping participants better recall the past and think through abstract concepts (Copeland & Agosto, 2012), like trust. In this talk, I will […]

Mott Poll Report: How the pandemic has impacted teen mental health

By  C.S.Mott Children’s Hospital: National Poll on Children’s Health Restrictions put in place to contain COVID-19 may be particularly difficult for teens, who rely heavily on their peer and social connections for emotional support. In 2021, the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health asked a national sample of parents about the emotional […]

Original Research by NMRC Research Board Highlights Impact of Mentoring on Long-Term Justice System Involvement

By: Mike Garringer, National Mentoring Resource Center One of the more challenging questions a mentoring program can get asked is “What’s the long-term impact of mentoring?” While most of the stakeholders in our work have an inherent belief in mentoring young people, often borne of their own experiences, occasionally those we bring into this movement […]