Content for Mentors

All content relevant for adult mentors who are looking to better serve their mentees.

Advancing Racial Justice in Mental Health Care: Implications for Mentoring Programs.

by Jean Rhodes In a special issue of the Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, mentoring experts Noelle M. Hurd and Andrea S. Young, address the problem of racial injustice in the field of clinical child and adolescent psychology and more broadly. The collection of articles focus on the disparities faced by racially and […]

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New Study Highlights Role of Mentor-Mentee Conversations in Preventing Substance Use Among African American Youth

Reference: Kaufman, M. R., Wright, K., Simon, J., Bazell, A., DuBois, D. L., Palen, L.-A., & Latkin, C. (2023). Preventing Substance Use among Urban, African American Youth: The Potential of Mentor-Mentee Conversations. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 110943. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2023.110943  Summarized By: Ariel Ervin About this Study Evidence shows that substance use often begins during adolescence. Given […]

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The Transformative Force of Youth Mentoring Across Communities, Schools, and Talent Domains

Luo, L., & Stoeger, H. (2023). Unlocking the transformative power of mentoring for youth development in communities, schools, and talent domains. Journal of Community Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.23082 Summarized by Ariel Ervin About the Study The concept of supportive relationships between an older or more experienced individual and a younger or less experienced individual dates back to […]

Nurturing School Climate: The Power of Teacher and Peer Support for Empowering Victimized Youth

Coyle, S., Weinreb, K. S., Davila, G., & Cuellar, M. (2022). Relationships matter: The protective role of teacher and peer support in understanding school climate for victimized youth. In Child & Youth Care Forum (Vol. 51, No. 1, pp. 181-203).  Summarized by Ellen Parry Luff About the Study A positive and supportive school climate has […]

New study explores the reciprocal benefits of therapeutic mentoring

Deane, K. L., Bullen, P., Williamson‐Dean, R., & Wilder, K. (2023). The benefits of participating in a culturally translated youth mentoring program and service‐learning experience for Aotearoa New Zealand mentors. Journal of Community Psychology.  Summarized by Saniya Soni About this Study While a large portion of youth mentoring research focuses mainly on the outcomes for […]

“You got an instant conversation:” E-Mentoring for Youth with Communication Disabilities

Grace, E., Shipman, J., Raghavendra, P., & McMillan, J. M. (2023). “You got an instant conversation”: Goal progress and perceptions following an e-mentoring social media intervention for young people who use augmentative and alternative communication. Journal of Communication Disorders, 103, 106328. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcomdis.2023.106328 Summarized by Ariel Ervin About the Study People with communication disabilities often face […]

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Racial Discourse in Youth Mentoring Programs: A Conversation with Dr. Elizabeth Raposa and Savannah Simpson

Dr. Raposa is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Fordham University, whose research involves two related sets of questions designed to promote positive psychosocial and academic outcomes in stress-exposed youth. In one line of work, she examines the mechanisms that explain the negative impact of stressful life events on adolescents and young adults, and the […]

Forever Bonds: The Power of Enduring Relationships for Youth Leaving Foster Care

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Empowering Voices, Challenging Norms: The Photovoice Journey of Black Girls and College Women

Payne, A. N. (2023). A Black feminist youth participatory action research photovoice exploration of Black girls and college women. American Journal of Community Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12694 Summarized by Ariel Ervin About the Study Although research provides an outlet to amplify the activism and voices of Black girls and women, few evaluate spaces for Black girls and […]

How shared laughter can strengthen mentoring relationships

There is little success where there is little laughter. ~Andrew Carnegie by Jean Rhodes It’s August, so let’s focus on a sunny topic——laughter.  A growing number of studies, including one highlighted in the Chronicle— show that, when people share a laugh and have fun together, they end up feeling closer and being more open with […]