Entries by Jeremy Astesano

‘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 […]

How feeling comfortable in an interracial mentor-mentee relationship helps everyone get more out of it

Leitner, J. B., Ayduk, Ö., Boykin, C. M., & Mendoza-Denton, R. (2018). Reducing negative affect and increasing rapport improve interracial mentorship outcomes. PLoS ONE, 13(4), 1–19. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0194123 Summarized By Jeremy Astesano Notes of interest:  In a series of four studies, researchers investigated whether decreasing negative affect and increasing rapport in a mentor-mentee relationship would help […]

What is the impact of exposure to community violence on adolescents’ mental health?

By Kendall Johnson, Society for Research on Adolescence It has been well researched that urban adolescents are also exposed to high amounts of community violence, which can affect their overall and mental well-being. Over 85% report witnessing some type of violence in their lifetime, and over 60% have been victims of violent acts. With such high levels of violence exposure, […]

Profiles in Mentoring: Melissa Levy on the importance of education in understanding diverse life experiences

Interviewed by Karina DeAndrade Chronicle (C): Can you tell us a little about your background and the research you are currently working on? Dr. Melissa Levy (ML): My professional start as a middle school teacher in the public schools piqued my interest in deepening my understanding of our educational system, and led me to pursue graduate […]