Entries by Ariel Ervin

[Webinar] Supporting Newly Arrived Young People from Immigrant & Refugee Populations through Mentoring and Family Support

Date: Dec 15, 2022, 01:00 PM EST What are the mentoring experiences of youth from refugee and immigrant backgrounds? What are some existing considerations for mentoring programs that help them? Join this webinar to learn more about this subject from a panel of youth and from adult mentoring professionals. To register for the event, please […]

Student Engagement: Building Relationships, Finding Their Sparks

By Search Institute Engaging young people can sometimes feel like pulling teeth. Trust between adults and students doesn’t just happen, it takes intention, openness, and patience. Like most of us, students respond to kindness, repeated interest, empathy and compassion. Finding students’ sparks, their passions that they find deeply motivating, and building a relationship with them […]

New study explores the relationship between positive relationships and adolescent well-being across cultures

Chue, K. L., & Yeo, A. (2022). Exploring associations of positive relationships and adolescent well-being across cultures. Youth & Society, 0044118X221109305.  https://doi.org/10.1177/0044118X221109305 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  The well-being of adolescents is a continuous subject of interest for policy-makers and stakeholders since adolescence is an opportunity for intervention before adulthood. Understanding the factors […]

How do you talk to students about their networks?

By Julia Freeland Fisher, The Christensen Institute How do you talk to students about social capital? If you want students to deepen and expand their networks, what messages and experiences increase the likelihood that they’ll feel confident and inspired to do so? These questions come up frequently in our fieldwork. Although this is certainly an […]

How White mentors address social justice topics in cross-racial, community-based mentorships

Jones, K., Parra-Cardona, R., Sánchez, B., Vohra-Gupta, S., & Franklin, C. (2022). All things considered: Examining mentoring relationships between White mentors and Black youth in community-based youth mentoring programs. Child & Youth Care Forum.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10566-022-09720-x Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Community-based youth mentorships are prominent interventions for Black youth and other underrepresented youth. However, […]

What’s the current state of formal and informal mentoring for sexual and gender minority youth?

Edwards, K. M., Scheer, J. R., & Mauer, V. A. (2022). Informal and formal mentoring of sexual and gender minority youth: A systematic review. School Social Work Journal, 47(1), 37–71. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Mentorships are known for promoting positive youth and have the potential to alleviate minority stressors. There’s a lack […]

A Strength-Based Approach to Mentoring

By Youth Collaboratory Overview A Strength-Based Approach to Mentoring was developed through a practitioner-researcher collaboration focused on identifying evidence-based practices in mentoring specifically designed to support youth that have been impacted by parental incarceration. While our research partners designed and implemented a random trial assignment study, Youth Collaboratory defined a strength-based approach to mentoring – […]

Six best practices to maximize youth leadership in out-of-school time programs

Wu, J. H.-C., Shereda, A., Stacy, S. T., Weiss, J. K., & Heintschel, M. (2022). Maximizing youth leadership in out-of-school time programs: Six best practices from youth driven spaces. Journal of Youth Development, 17(3).  https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2022.1179 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Youth-adult partnerships (Y-AP) are becoming a common approach to encouraging people to participate in youth […]

Fostering Positive Youth-Adult Relationships: My Experience in an Outdoor Education Environment

By Tiffany Ross, YouthREX YouthREX collaborated with students at Brock University reflecting on their placements involving child and youth work. In this reflection, a student shares her knowledge of how to build stronger relationships with youth in our communities, and discusses the unique challenges and lessons she learned while working with youth. Read what she […]