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How natural mentoring and sense of belonging affect resilience of adolescents in out-of-home care

Sulimani-Aidan, Y., & Tayri-Schwartz, T. (2021). The role of natural mentoring and sense of belonging in enhancing resilience among youth in care. Children and Youth Services Review, 120, 105773. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.105773 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Resilience is an essential factor to consider when examining youth who have faced adversity. While it can be a […]

Merrell and Big Brothers Big Sisters Partner to Bring the Power of the Outside to More Youth

By Big Brothers Big Sisters Big Brothers and Big Sisters and Merrell recently announced that they will be forming a multi-year partnership in order to help make the outdoors (i.e. parks and trails) more accessible and equitable for youths living across the U.S. and Canada.  In hopes of promoting physical and mental health among youth […]

Ways mentor training and program support can predict premature mentorship terminations

McQuillin, S. D., & Lyons, M. D. (2021). A National Study of Mentoring Program Characteristics and Premature Match Closure: The Role of Program Training and Ongoing Support. Prevention Science. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11121-020-01200-9 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although mentoring is a common and effective way to advocate for positive youth development, mentorships that end prematurely can be […]

Certain Parenting Behaviors Associated with Positive Changes in Well-Being during COVID-19 Pandemic

Neubauer, A. B., Schmidt, A., Kramer, A. C., & Schmiedek, F. (2021). A Little Autonomy Support Goes a Long Way: Daily Autonomy-Supportive Parenting, Child Well-Being, Parental Need Fulfillment, and Change in Child, Family, and Parent Adjustment Across the Adaptation to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Child Development, n/a(n/a). https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.13515 Summarized by the Society for Research in Child Development During the […]

How Helping Others Can Help At-Risk People

According to a new study, even people who have committed crimes feel good when they give to others. By Elizabeth Hopper, Ph.D., Greater Good Magazine Past research has shown that helping others has a wide variety of benefits: Being kind and helpful can make us happier, give us a sense of purpose and meaning, and […]

More than fun and games? New study explores how mentors strike a balance between fun and goal-oriented activities

Kanchewa, S., Christensen, K. M., Poon, C. Y. S., Parnes, M., & Schwartz, S. (2021). More than fun and games? Understanding the role of school-based mentor-mentee match activity profiles in relationship processes and outcomes. Children and Youth Services Review, 120, 105757. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.105757 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although evidence suggests that matched mentoring activities can […]

Young adults are being hit hard by the pandemic

By Kassandra Martinchek, Urban Institute Roughly one-quarter of adults believe they are financially worse off now than at the beginning of the pandemic. However, not all generations have experienced the COVID-19 economic recession equally. In March and April, nearly 60 percent of Gen Z adults reported they or their families experienced job-related losses, and more […]