Informal Mentoring

Natural mentors can buffer the effects of racial discrimination on African American youth

  Editor’s Note: . This study suggests that both parents and mentors can play an important role in attenuating some of the negative effects and keeping young people focused on school.  Cooper, M. S., Brown, C., Metzger, I., Clinton, Y., & Guthrie, B., (2022). Racial discrimination and African American adolescent’s adjustment: Gender variation in family […]

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Teaching college students networking skills is an equity imperative

Teaching college students networking skills is an equity imperative Inspiring college students to cultivate relationships with a networking curriculum can boost career confidence and level the playing field. 12 min read By Julia Freeland Fisher 09/29/23 Analysis Education Caiaimage/Sam Edwards/Getty Images The data is clear: College students want networks. According to a Gallup College Alumni poll, when asked […]

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[Webinar] Supporting College Students with Minoritized Identities Through Mentoring

Date: Thursday August 10th, 2023, 12:00 PM EST The Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring is hosting a 2023 Webinar Series on Effective Student Mentoring for college and higher-education populations. The next webinar in the series is titled Supporting College Students with Minoritized Identities Through Mentoring, and will be led by Dr. Elizabeth Raposa, Associate Professor of Psychology at […]

Teaching to fish: New study highlights the value of building students’ social capital

By Jean Rhodes A growing number of innovative mentoring programs have emerged in recent years that involve both “teaching youth to fish” for mentors (i.e., to recruit natural mentors) and “stocking the pond” (i.e., expanding the availability of high-social capital adults in marginalized youth’s lives). For years, the National Guard Youth Challenge Program, an intensive […]

Mentoring Latinx youth seeking technology careers

Denner, J., & Torres, D. (2023). How natural mentoring is used by Latinx youth at a community technology center. Journal of Latinos and Education, 22(1), 339-356. Summarized by Ellen Parry Luff Notes of Interest Despite the rapid growth of the technological workforce in America, Latinx are underrepresented in the field of technology.  Evidence shows that mentoring […]

National Bureau of Economic Research report explores how natural mentors contribute to students’ long-term academic success

Kraft, M. A., Bolves, A. J., & Hurd, N. M. (2023). How informal mentoring by teachers, counselors, and coaches supports students’ long-run academic success. National Bureau of Economic Research. © 2023 by Matthew A. Kraft, Alexander J. Bolves, and Noelle M. Hurd Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Schools are institutions that foster academic skills that […]

How do informal mentoring networks for foster youth students change over time?

Gowdy, G., Hogan, S., Roosevelt, K., Saastamoinen, M., & Levine, S. (2023). Informal mentoring for foster youth students: Core and capital mentors over time. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 40(2), 221–236. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10560-022-00899-5 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Many youths involved in the foster care system experience hardship before, during, and after their care placement. Evidence […]

Systematic review explores natural mentoring among underrepresented college students

Monjaras-Gaytan, L. Y., & Sánchez, B. (2023). Historically underrepresented college students and natural mentoring relationships: A systematic review. Children and Youth Services Review, 149, 106965. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2023.106965 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Historically underrepresented college students encounter many hurdles as they navigate higher education. Although natural mentorships are a viable way to support historically underrepresented […]

New findings for natural mentoring within Mexican cultural contexts

Baker Cervantes, A. S., & Jiménez, T. R. (2023). Exploring how naturally occurring mentorships emerge within a Mexican cultural context. Journal of Community Psychology.  https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.23040 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: While there is a notable amount of research that examines the influence and roles of natural mentorships, there’s still a lack of scholarship that […]

It’s going to help me in life”: Forms, sources, and functions of social support for youth in natural mentoring relationships

Varga, S. M., Yu, M. V. B., Johnson, H. E., & Deutsch, N. L. (2023). “It’s going to help me in life”:  Forms, sources, and functions of social support for youth in natural mentoring relationships. Journal of Community Psychology.  https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.23045 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Research shows that social support is linked to psychological […]