Innovations

Youth-Initiated Mentoring is a game changer for disconnected youth

DECEMBER 10, 2015 BY: DEBORAH NEARY & WHITNEY MASTIN, MIDLANDS MENTORING PARTNERSHIP, Originally published in NMRC Blog At Midlands Mentoring Partnership (MMP), our community-wide data indicates that a priority must be made to reach the most vulnerable youth with quality formal mentoring services. A prospective solution came in 2013 when promising research was released that showed […]

The importance of community context in natural mentoring

Schwartz, S. O., Chan, C., Rhodes, J., & Scales, P. (2013). Community developmental assets and positive youth development: The role of natural mentors. Research in Human Development. 10, 141-162.   Introduction:  Research on positive youth development has highlighted the importance of supportive community contexts (Youngblade & Theokas, 2010). In this study, Schwartz and colleagues explored how […]

Teaching Youth to Recruit Supportive Adults

 by Sarah Schwartz The story of 15-year-old Davion Only has gone viral, following an article published in the Tampa Bay Times about his appeal to a church congregation for an adoptive family (see story here). Davion had been in foster care all of his life, waiting for a family to adopt him. It was his […]

Youth-initiated mentoring in the news

from Digital Journal UMass Boston Research Highlights Value of Youth-Initiated Mentoring PRWEB.COM Newswire Boston, MA (PRWEB) August 23, 2013 Jean Rhodes, director of the UMass Boston/MENTOR Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring, and her colleagues have demonstrated the value of Youth-Initiated Mentoring (YIM) in three new peer-reviewed studies. In the YIM model, young people select their own mentors from […]