Entries by Monica Arkin

Unique benefits of mentoring for international students

Shakla, T. R. (2016). The Impact of Mentorship on Leadership Development Outcomes of International Students. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/dhe0000016 Summarized Harry Bayly Notes of interest: This quantitative study compared the undergraduate experiences of 6,076 college students (3,038 international and 3,038 domestic). International students scored lower on a [U.S.-developed] measure of perceived leadership […]

Resources for mentors around race, inclusion, and cultural respect

By MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership Americans are increasingly battling to dismantle racism and systemic oppression, and our young people are on the front lines fighting for their lives to matter. Mentors are uniquely poised to support youth during this time, but have to enter into relationships with humility, including self-awareness, discovery, and understanding of […]

New study explores online mentoring for youth with physical disabilities

Lindsay, S., Cagliostro, E., Leck, J., & Stinson, J. (2019). A 12-week electronic mentoring employment preparation intervention for youth with physical disabilities: Pilot feasibility randomized controlled trial. JMIR Pediatrics and Parenting. doi:10.2196/12088 Summarized by Karina DeAndrade Notes of Interest: This qualitative study describes the experience of 13 youth with physical disabilities who participated in a […]

Profiles in Mentoring: Dr. Gary Harper’s research, advocacy, and policy work with LGBTQ+ youth in the U.S. and Africa

Gary W. Harper, PhD, MPH is a Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, as well as a Professor of Global Public Health, at the University of Michigan. Dr. Harper’s research and community work focuses on the mental health and sexual health needs of adolescents and young adults who experience varying degrees […]

Sexual minority youth natural mentoring experiences differ from those of heterosexual youth

Johnson, D., Gastic, B. (2015). Natural Mentoring in the Lives of Sexual Minority Youth. Journal of Community Psychology, 43(4), 395-407. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.21692 Summarized by Karina De Andrade Notes of Interest: Sexual minority youth were less likely than heterosexual youth to identify family members as mentors, and more likely to identify school adults as mentors. Sexual minority youth […]

Volunteering is linked to better mental and physical health in adults

Kim, E. S., Whillans, A. V., Lee, M. T., Chen, Y., & VanderWeele, T. J. (2020). Volunteering and Subsequent Health and Well-Being in Older Adults: An Outcome-Wide Longitudinal Approach. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2020.03.004 Summarized by Monica Arkin Notes of Interest: Researchers find physical and mental health benefits for adults ages 50+ who volunteer […]

BBBSA Teams Up with America’s Promise Alliance

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America in response to recent events regarding violence against Black Americans, has joined America’s Promise Alliance to unite and call out injustices and the impacts systemic racism and trauma have on young people. The statement is available here – https://www.americaspromise.org/press-release/racial-trauma-and-young-people-why-we-cant-stay-silent

Embedding a Racial Equity Perspective in the Positive Youth Development Approach

By Zakia Redd, Kristin Anderson Moore, and Kristine Andrews, Child Trends Positive youth development (PYD) is a strengths-based approach used by programs to support the development of young people’s skills, nurture their interests and values, seek and incorporate their input, and connect them to positive adults and useful resources. Appreciation for the value of youth […]