Entries by Jeremy Astesano

European Mentoring Summit, Barcelona, March 2020: Call for proposals!

The European Mentoring Summit in 2020 is looking for workshop proposals, in addition to interested parties that might want to attend this exciting gathering of mentoring focused minds! Read below to find out more about applying to present at the summit: EUROPEAN MENTORING SUMMIT– 2020: CALL FOR PROPOSALS Are you a practitioner or project coordinator […]

Profiles in Mentoring: Shelley Haddock on Campus Connections, and how a much needed mentoring program provides mutual benefit for mentors and mentees alike

Interviewed by Karina DeAndrade Dr. Shelley Haddock (pictured at left), a professor in the Human Development and Family Studies Department at Colorado State University, was kind enough to answer our questions about her work. Her research focuses on the development and evaluation of effective preventive interventions to improve developmental outcomes of adolescents and college students.  […]

‘Mindfulness’ training improves self-control for incarcerated male adolescents

By Christopher James, Futurity A meditation-based therapy known as ‘mindfulness’ training can improve attention skills in incarcerated youth and increase self-control over emotions and actions, research shows. The recent study is the first to show that mindfulness training can be used in combination with cognitive behavioral therapy to protect attentional functioning in high-risk incarcerated youth. […]

Feeling similar to your mentor may be more important than shared demography when it comes to strong mentoring relationships

Hernandez, P. R., Estrada, M., Woodcock, A., & Schultz, P. W. (2017). Protégé perceptions of high mentorship quality depend on shared values more than on demographic match. The Journal of Experimental Education, 85(3), 450–468. https://doi.org/10.1080/00220973.2016.1246405 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: While it is a commonly held idea that matching a mentor and mentee/protégé […]

Youth, mentoring, and the opioid crisis: New tools for assessing needs and tracking outcomes

By David Dubois, National Mentoring Resource Center Blog Back in June of last year, Mike Garringer contributed an entry on this blog that addressed the ways in which mentoring for youth potentially could be useful in combating the opioid crisis (see “The Promise and Potential of Mentors in Combating the Opioid Crisis”). Mike highlighted a […]

Tell Congress to Support House-Passed Funding for Youth Mentoring!

Help us help MENTOR in letting Congress know you support higher funding for the OJJDP Youth Mentoring Grant! Congress is moving forward on negotiating final funding levels for Fiscal Year 2020, including around proposed increases to the OJJDP Youth Mentoring Grant. The House and Senate have both advanced bills recommending $100 million and $97 million, […]

The untapped potential of “natural mentoring”

Informal support from known and trusted adults makes an enormous difference By Levi van Dam, Scientific American In the United States, there are more than 5,000 mentoring organizations that facilitate “stranger to stranger” matches that support young people during the challenging period of adolescence—but only 5 percent of the participants are successfully matched with a volunteering […]