Entries by Jeremy Astesano

Reporting for work where you once reported for probation

By Ted Alcorn, The Atlantic  Where mistrust between communities and law enforcement runs high, can people with criminal histories bridge the gap? One afternoon in October, Abdul Malik was sitting just inside the entrance of a New York City Probation Department building in the South Bronx when he recognized a young man coming in and […]

Boys and girls take different paths to empathy

By Tara Kuther, Society for Research on Adolescence Empathy is a trait that develops during adolescence. However, it seems that the course of development might be gender-specific. Empathy, the capacity to take another person’s perspective and appreciate their emotion, is thought to increase over the course of adolescence with advances in cognition and emotion. Some […]

[Webinar] Supporting and including youth with disabilities

Date: Thursday, December 19th 1-2:15PM Eastern Description: This webinar will focus on strategies and best practices for mentoring youth with disabilities. Attendees will hear from three programs with unique models located across the country that work to support youth and young people with disabilities. Presenters will discuss the importance of inclusive mentoring and ways to ensure that our […]

What is the impact of social support on youth coping effectiveness in the context of urban poverty?

Reife, I., Duffy, S., & Grant, K. E. (2019, July 22). The Impact of Social Support on Adolescent Coping in the Context of Urban Poverty. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/cdp0000296 Summarized by Jeremy Astesano Notes of Interest: The authors of this study were interested in the impact of stressors on […]

The number of uninsured children is on the rise

By Nickolas Bagley, Youth Today “For many years, the nation has been on a positive trajectory reducing the number and rate of uninsured children. Having health insurance is important for children as they are more likely to receive needed services, have better educational outcomes, and their family is protected from the financial risks associated with […]

When mentors and mentees communicate, what role does self-disclosure have?

Dutton, K.L. Deane, P. Bullen, Opening up: An exploration of youth mentor self- disclosure using laboratory-based direct observation, Children and Youth Services Review (2019), doi: https:// doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.104654 Summarized by Jeremy Astesano Notes of Interest: These authors sought to understand how communication, a crucial element of building strong relationships, occurred in a mentoring context. Specifically, they […]

Kids are healthier after green school bus makeovers

By Jennifer Rainey, Futurity Relatively inexpensive engine retrofits for school buses can improve not only students’ health but also their academic performance, according to new research.  Every year, car manufacturers roll out new models with sleek styling, improved safety features, and better fuel economy. Yet there’s one vehicle on the road that has remained almost […]

Profiles in Mentoring: Dr. Paul Hernandez talks mentoring, measurement, and what we can do to keep people in STEM degrees

We’re pleased to bring you our interview with Dr. Paul Hernandez, an associate professor at Texas A&M University in the department of Teaching, Learning and Culture. His research focuses on the contextual factors, developmental relationships, and motivational processes that support and broaden participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers – particularly for students […]

Research highlights approaches that will be most successful for program leaders looking to build trust with youth

Griffith, A. N., Johnson, H. E. (2018). Building trust: Reflections of adults working with high-school-age youth in project-based programs. Children and Youth Services Review. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2018.11.056 Summarized by Karina DeAndrade Notes of Interest: This study aimed to assess how leaders in quality youth programs worked to build trust with high school aged youth. This work was […]