Mentoring in the News

Share Your Resources on Youth Initiated Mentoring

Levi van Dam, Sarah Schwartz, and Renee Spencer are writing a new book dedicated to youth-initiated mentoring (YIM). Based on the available research in this area, we summarize the insights of almost 20 years of work on this new approach. And they need your input: the book is supposed to support professionals with the insights […]

Q&A: Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO recruits alumni as mentors

By Thalia Beaty, Reprinted from AP News NEW YORK (AP) — Big Brothers Big Sisters America CEO Artis Stevens says the 119-year-old nonprofit long known for mentoring schoolchildren is now diversifying its programming. Stevens, who took over the organization two years ago, said the fastest growing demand for its services is among young adults, ages […]

Teen Girls Report Record Levels of Sadness, C.D.C. Finds

  By Azeen Ghorayshi and Roni Caryn Rabin, Reprinted from The New York Times Nearly three in five teenage girls felt persistent sadness in 2021, double the rate of boys, and one in three girls seriously considered attempting suicide, according to data released on Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings, […]

FY23 Government Funding Bill Increases Investment in Mentoring

By Caden Fabbi, Reprinted from MENTOR Thanks to this movement, the mandatory annual legislation that funds federal government programs signed into law this week includes significant investments that support the mentoring movement: The Youth Mentoring Program grant, managed by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), will be funded at $107 million for […]

New Course: Mentoring for Youth Mental Health

The Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring is thrilled to announce its first LIVE course! The course is titled Mentoring for Youth Mental Health, and those who participate will learn evidence-based strategies to support youth mental health as a mentor. Associate Director Dr. Alexandra Wentz will be leading this course in the Spring of 2023.  This course […]

As Teen Loneliness Rates Soar, Schools May Be Making It Worse, Scientists Say

By Adam Piore, Reprinted from NewsWeek The trouble with America’s teenagers began well before the pandemic. In 2019, more than 1 in 3 reported feeling so sad or hopeless at some point over the past year that they had skipped regular activities, a 44 percent rise since 2009, and 1 in 6 had contemplated suicide. […]

What Grieving Children Need From the Grown-Ups in Their Live

By Anya Kamenetz, Reprinted from Time COVID-19 will impress a signature of grief into the next generation. According to the Imperial College London, 258,800 children in the United States have lost a primary or secondary caregiver to COVID-19. That is, the disease took one or both of their parents or grandparents who lived with them. […]

Teens confide in certain adults more than parents about mental health

By Gianna Melillo, Reprinted from Changing America, The Hill New data suggests teens reach out to educators more than their parents about mental health concerns, while experts stress both adults can play complementary roles in supporting young people’s mental health. Most educators, 78 percent, have been approached by a child about a mental or emotional concern, […]

Study Shows a Key to Reducing Poverty: More Friendships Between Rich & Poor

By Claire Cain Miller, Josh Katz, Francesca Paris, and Aatish Bhatia, Reprinted from The New York Times Over the last four decades, the financial circumstances into which children have been born have increasingly determined where they have ended up as adults. But an expansive new study, based on billions of social media connections, has uncovered […]

David Shapiro to lead YMCA of Greater Boston after 18 years at MENTOR

By Nickolas Bagley, Reprinted from Youth Today David Shapiro is leaving MENTOR after more than 10 years as CEO and 18 years total. He departs the Boston-based national nonprofit resource and advocacy organization but stays in the same city to join the YMCA of Greater Boston (YGB) as its president and CEO. The past decade […]