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What Poverty Does to the Young Brain

BY MADELINE OSTRANDER For a growing child, deprivation and stress can become a kind of neurotoxin. The brain’s foundation, frame, and walls are built in the womb. As an embryo grows into a fetus, some of its dividing cells turn into neurons, arranging themselves into layers and forming the first synapses, the organ’s electrical wiring. […]

Methods Corner: What is an effect size?

by Adar Ben-Eliyahu, Ph.D. Most studies focus on “statistical significance,” or the probability that certain findings are reflected in the data. To test this, researchers actually propose a “null hypothesis,”  (e.g., mentoring has no effect on self-esteem). If the data show that the null hypothesis has less than a 5% chance of being right, we […]

On Methods: What’s a meta-analysis, anyways?

ay 1, 2019/by Jean Rhodes by Adar Ben-Eliyahu, Ph.D. Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor), University of Haifa There is often considerable fanfare when a new meta-analysis is published. What’s the excitement about anyways? Don’t most meta-analyses seem to be saying things we already know from previous research? This is somewhat true, as meta-analyses summarize previous research findings. […]

How do we know that mentoring works?: The many benefits of experimental designs

by Adar Ben-Eliyahu, Ph.D. Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor), University of Haifa How do we know that mentoring works? How do we know that a child would not have improved anyways? The best way to understand whether programs affect youth outcomes is to compare groups of children who are the same in every way—except that some […]

A funder’s guide to identifying high quality mentoring programs: From indicators to red flags

Editor’s Note:  Through a series of posts, we present, “Making the Most of Youth Mentoring: A Guide for Funders”  In this post, Dr. Carla Herrera surveys different approaches to mentoring, highlighting the positive indicators and red flags Original Publisher(s): Public/Private Ventures. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License, with permission from the Foundation Center). […]

How Wyoming is using after-school programs to keep kids out of school-to-prison pipeline

by Linda Barton, youthtoday.org In 2013, the Wyoming Afterschool Alliance (WYAA) became interested in understanding the school-to-prison pipeline based on the alarming statistics that we were seeing in Wyoming and across the nation about incarceration and detention. It was confounding and disturbing to see more and more children and youth entering the system, especially at younger ages. What […]

Creating a Culturally Relevant Mentoring Program for Girls of Color

By Bernadette Sanchez, Ph.D. Not too long ago, my colleagues and I created a mentoring program, called GirlPOWER!, for African American and Latina early adolescent girls. Our goal was to ensure that the program was gender specific as well as culturally and developmentally appropriate. We created the program in collaboration with Big Brothers Big Sisters […]

The 21st Century Education Revolution – an Education for Life

Written by Robin Cox Placing the family at the heart of the holistic learning journey. creating the most effective conditions for learning and the support of teachers, students and their families; building authentic, effective and meaningful relationships; building caring communities. The months of January to March 2017 – at which point I retired – will […]

NMRC national quality member spotlight: BBBS Independence Region

Written by Abigail Ellis, National Mentoring Resource Center As the fourth largest agency in one of the oldest and most respected brands in the youth mentoring business, one might wonder why Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region enthusiastically engaged in a thorough quality assessment of their practices called NQMS or the National Quality Mentoring System. CEO Marcus Allen puts it […]

Reclaim elders as leaders and mentors

By Raymond A. Jetson, Chief executive catalyst at MetroMorphosis and a Public Voices Fellow; The Advocate In September, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and Chief Murphy Paul announced a plan to establish an advisory council to the chief, “to advise and support the police chief in another effort to improve community-police relations and boost law enforcement transparency.” […]