Entries by Ariel Ervin

New study shows how social capital can promote college achievement

Oyefuga, E., & Shakeshaft, C. (2023). Social capital and the higher education academic achievement: Using cross-classified multilevel models to understanding the impact of society on educational outcomes. Youth & Society, 55(1), 163–183. https://doi.org/10.1177/0044118X211042912 Summarized by Megyn Jasman and Ariel Ervin  Notes of Interest:  Social capital refers to an individual’s network of relationships and how they, in turn, […]

What enhancements increase adherence in self-guided, web-based interventions? New study provides insights

Moskowitz, J. T., Addington, E. L., Shiu, E., Bassett, S. M., Schuette, S., Kwok, I., Freedman, M.E., Leykin, Y., Saslow, L. R., Cohn, M. A., & Cheung, E. O. (2023). Facilitator Contact, Discussion Boards, and Virtual Badges as Adherence Enhancements to a Web-Based, Self-guided, Positive Psychological Intervention for Depression: Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Medical […]

Mutual benefits: How college peer mentoring benefits the mentors

Reference: McCallen, L., Yazdani, N., Pai, G., Bloom, J., Chajet, L., & Fine, M. (2023). How a community engagement model of near-peer counseling impacts student mentors’ college outcomes. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 27(2). Summarized by Ellen Parry Luff About the Study: Many racial and socioeconomic disparities persist within the current postsecondary education […]

Listening and connecting: Effective strategies for building strong relationships

Ball, J., Guros, C., Scott, A., Aceves, L., & Holquist, S.E. (2023). Establishing trusting relationships to transform school systems. Child Trends. DOI: 10.56417/7023q7506u Reprinted from Child Trends Building Relationships: Listening, Connecting, and Establishing Trust Relationship building is based on a universal desire to be seen and heard. Listening and connecting involves acknowledging and elevating those […]

Five Ways to Improve How We Measure Young People’s Well-Being

By Kathryn L.S. Pettit, Hannah Daly, and Amelia Coffey, Reprinted from the Urban Institute Young people need resources and support to thrive both during adolescence and into adulthood. To work toward this, we need to be able to measure, track, and determine indicators that represent all aspects of well-being. Policymakers, funders, researchers, advocates, and practitioners […]

Fostering Change: Promoting Cultural Humility for Youth Mentors

Reference: Anderson, A. J., Jones, K. V., DuBois, D. L., Çifci, F., & Teger, Z. (2023). Cultural humility development in adults serving as mentors for youth: A qualitative evidence synthesis. American Journal of Community Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12730 Summarized by Ariel Ervin About the Study: Research on social justice in mentoring and relational mentoring posits that mentors […]

Mentor Training – Existential Helping: A Holistic Approach to Supporting LGBTQIA+ Youth

Date: Feb 28, 2024 03:00 PM EST Join this webinar to learn how to utilize Existential Helping, an evidence-based framework for marginalized communities. By engaging in the interactive activities, attendees will learn how to “hold space” for youth navigating anti-LGBTQ discrimination and trauma and how to demonstrate empathy instead of sympathy. The session will also […]

How to Mentor More People — and Not Get Burned Out

By Kavitha Ranganathan and Michael Englesbe, Reprinted from Harvard Business Review Advancing in a career can come with a variety of benefits — the more expert one becomes, the more one is sought out for guidance and perspective. Invitations to give talks, serve in leadership roles, and weigh in on big decisions begin to accumulate. […]

Though mentors have become more common, Gen Z has less access to mentoring resources

Featured Article By Alia Wong, USA Today (Article Summarized by Ariel Ervin) Evidence shows that young people under forty have higher rates of mentorships than their older counterparts due to the rise of formal mentoring programs that support low-income students of color. However, despite this promising finding, many mentoring relationships (particularly natural mentorships) are more […]