Entries by Ariel Ervin

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 […]

Unlocking Potential: Navigating Youth Mentoring through Participatory Research on Social Capital

Reference: Radlick, R. L., & Przedpelska, S. (2024). Participatory research approaches to studying social capital in youth mentoring: Not the panacea we hoped for. Children and Youth Services Review, 156, 107205. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2023.107205 Summarized by Ariel Ervin About the Study: Norway has become a destination for refugees in recent decades. However, while many newcomers are resilient, […]

[Webinar] Effective Student Mentoring Series: Carola Suárez-Orozco, Ph.D.

Date: Thursday, February 8th, 2024, 12:00 PM ET Immigrant Origin students are the fastest growing student population in higher education, now making up 31% of our students across the U.S. Yet, they are often unrecognized and lost in other overlapping, distinct, and incomplete designations (e.g., first-generation to college; racial-ethnic groups; undocumented students). In this webinar, […]

Four Ways Youth Social Capital is Mobilized

By Brian Lightfoot, Reprinted from the Search Institute More and more educators and youth-serving practitioners incorporate organizational and programmatic approaches to build youths’ social capital because embedding young people in relationship-rich environments fosters developmental relationships. Search Institute defines social capital as the resources that arise from a web of relationships, which youth can access and […]

Coaching in the Modern Era: Examining the Training of Coaches Providing Digital Guided Self Help for Mental Health Concerns.

Reference: Fitzsimmons-Craft, E. E., Rojas, E., Topooco, N., Rackoff, G. N., Zainal, N. H., Eisenberg, D., … & Newman, M. G. (2023). Training, supervision, and experience of coaches offering digital guided self-help for mental health concerns. Frontiers in Psychology, 14. Summarized by Ellen Parry Luff About the Study: Recent research has shown that approximately half […]

Group Mentoring Supplement to the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™

By MENTOR, Reprinted from the Introduction (“Tips for Using This Resource” Section) This Supplement to the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring will be most useful to those starting group mentoring programs, as well as to those who are looking to strengthen their existing services. The recommendations included in the next section, from Recruitment through […]