Expert Corner

It’s election season: Should mentors talk politics with their mentees?

Linus: “There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.” Do you think it is appropriate for mentors and mentees to discuss politics? With recent conventions and the open tensions of a particularly acrimonious U.S. election, politics are everywhere. How should a mentor approach conversations about politics […]

The multitude and magnitude of coronavirus stressors on children

The perfect storm of insecurities and isolation creates a setup for mental health concerns and crisis. At BMC, at least 10 percent of parents have requested behavioral health support. By Barry Zuckerman and Katherine Gergen Barnett We’re months into the “new normal’’ of the coronavirus pandemic: social distancing, economic lockdowns, isolating ourselves from one another. […]

Meeting youth where they are: Why social-emotional skills and cultural responsive mentoring is critical for college and career readiness

 Joana Ortiz, Manager of Marketing and Communications, Mass Mentoring Partnership July 25th, 2018 Posted In: Campaigns, Education, Mentoring Partnership I knew something was off when I couldn’t focus in my courses, the weight of my head was too much to bear, and getting out of bed was increasingly difficult as the days passed. I couldn’t articulate this at […]

Celebrating Fatherhood and Encouraging Mentorship with “My Brother’s Keeper”

Ed. note: This was cross-posted several years ago on the U.S. Department of Justice blog.  By Eric Holder I would not be where I am today without the love, guidance, and support of my father. He taught me to work hard, to dream big, to give back to my community, and to always remember the […]

How mentors and mentoring programs can support mentees’ ethnic/racial identity

By Bernadette Sánchez & Aerika Brittian Loyd  In light of recent media coverage on murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd (and many others) and the resulting protests across the nation, supporting the positive ethnic/racial identity of youth of color, especially Black youth, is more urgent than ever. The senseless killing of Black […]

Mentoring in Trump’s America

Update: We wrote this post 3 years ago, soon after Trump became president. Our focus was on what mentors can do to support youth who are marginalized by our society (e.g., youth of color, LGBTQ youth). Our post is still relevant as an urgent call to mentoring organizations, staff, and volunteer mentors to support Black […]

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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 […]