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The terrible toll of COVID-19 on youth mental health

By Dr. Stephanie McGencey, American Youth Policy Forum The COVID-19 pandemic is taking a terrible toll on the health and well-being of youth and young adults. Already alarming rates of depression, suicide, and anxiety are exacerbated by the isolation, contact restrictions, and economic challenges brought on by the pandemic. Black, Indigenous, and other youth of color (BIYOC); youth involved in the […]

Does organizing mentor-mentee matches into small groups help? A new study has answers

Haddock, S. A., Weiler, L. M., Lee, H., Henry, K. L., Lucas-Thompson, R., Zimmerman, T. S., Krafchick, J. L., Fredrickson, G. F., Yetz, N., & Youngblade, L. M. (2020). Does organizing mentor-mentee matches into small groups enhance treatment effects in a site-based mentoring program for adolescents? Results of a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Youth […]

How Youth Mentoring Programs Can Become More Effective

By Glenn C. Altschuler, Psychology Today This post is a review of the book, Older and Wiser: New Ideas for Youth Mentoring in the 21st Century. Before Odysseus departed to fight the Trojan War, Homer tells us, he asked Mentor, his friend, to watch over his household and Telemachus, his son. Centuries later, the term “mentor” […]

OJJDP-sponsored research yields important findings on youth mentoring

DuBois, D. L., Alem, F., Silverthorn, N., & Stewart, K. (2020). Synthesis of OJJDP-sponsored mentoring research. National Mentoring Resource Center. https://nationalmentoringresourcecenter.org/index.php/news-category-blog/468-synthesis-of-ojjdp-sponsored-mentoring-research-2019-update.html Summarized by Monica Arkin Notes of Interest: Nearly one in five experimental/quasi-experimental studies found that youth participation in mentoring programs yielded statistically significant outcomes. Multiple studies reported difficulties with consistent program implementation. Six out […]

Leaders Say Youth Organizations Have Role During Protests

By Stell Simonton, Youth Today Originally posted May 30, 2020 As protests erupt in cities across the nation following George Floyd’s death in police custody, youth-serving agencies appear to have a similar view of their role. Their job is to support young people, provide safe space for them and, in many cases, bring their voices and experiences […]

What predicts mentor commitment?

Drew, A. L., Keller, T. E., Spencer, R., & Herrera, C. (2020). Investigating mentor commitment in youth mentoring relationships: The role of perceived program practices. Journal of Community Psychology, 48(7), 2264-2276. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.22409 Summarized by Monica Arkin Notes of Interest: Using data from 537 mentors, representing 55 unique mentoring programs, authors explored what factors are associated […]

Promising findings in youth-initiated mentoring

Koper, N., Creemers, H. E., Branje, S., Stams, G. J., & van Dam, L. (2020). Effectiveness and working mechanisms of the InConnection approach in multi-problem families: Study protocol of a mixed-methods study. BMC Health Services Research, 20(692), https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-020-05553-3 Summarized by Harry Bayly Notes of Interest: Study focused on the effectiveness of the InConnection approach vs […]

Lessons in virtual mentoring

This post has been pasted directly from the Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) Network. Agyemang, E. O., & Haggerty, K. P. (2020). Best practices for virtual mentoring: Six key findings from a literature review. University of Washington, School of Social Work. https://pttcnetwork.org/sites/default/files/2020-07/R10%20PTTC%20Best%20Practices%20in%20Virtual%20Mentoring_7.2020.pdf Introduction Mentoring has long been considered an evidence-based practice for promoting positive youth […]

Paraprofessionals are able to deliver group-based mentoring as effective as psychology graduate students

Strait, GG, Turner, J, Stinson, D, et al. Paraprofessionals use of group school‐based instrumental mentoring: Examining process and preliminary outcomes. Psychol Schs. 2020; 57: 1492– 1505. https://doi.org/10.1002/pits.22417 Summarized by Harry Bayly Notes of Interest: The study compared undergraduate student volunteers, “paraprofessionals,” with psychology graduate students who acted as mentors to sixth graders in a middle […]