Practice

When Change is the Constant: Mentoring Youth in Foster Care

By Christina Haines, National Mentoring Resource Center For youth in foster care, change is a constant.  Each time a youth is moved, they can expect some or all of the pillars of their life will have to change, like relationships, schools, providers, neighborhoods, and friends.  Each move causes trauma. Youth experience more moves the longer […]

Mentoring Programs for Youth: A Promising Intervention for Delinquency Prevention

To realize the full potential of youth mentoring programs, it is critical to advance research on program effectiveness and population-level impact. By David L. DuBois, Ph.D., National Institute of Justice Mentoring programs are a prominent strategy in the United States for preventing negative outcomes and promoting resilience among at-risk youth.[1] Although diverse in their design […]

How “near-peer” relationships help young people develop social capital

By Ashley Boat, PhD, Search Institute Social capital matters. Greater access to social capital can benefit all young people as they work toward their education and career goals. Social capital consists of the resources that arise from a web of developmental relationships, which people can access and mobilize to help them improve their lives and […]

Bouncing Back with Intentional Relationships

By the Search Institute Remember the Joni Mitchell lyric from “Big Yellow Taxi”: “Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.” That phrase could apply to relationships during the COVID‑19 pandemic. During the long months of isolation, many of us realized what we had taken for granted: […]

10 Quick Ideas for Becoming a More Effective Mentee

By Shana Campbell and Ryan MacTaggart, Educause Review Innumerable studies and books have been written, and many conversations have been had, about mentorship. In fact, the amount of information that is available on how to be an effective mentor is almost overwhelming. However, for those who are seeking a mentor, the experience can be different. […]

Some youth programs may benefit the next generation, too

Hill, K. G., Bailey, J. A., Steeger, C. M., Hawkins, J. D., Catalano, R. F., Kosterman, R., Epstein, M., & Abbott, R. D. (2020). Outcomes of Childhood Preventive Intervention Across 2 Generations: A Nonrandomized Controlled Trial. JAMA Pediatrics, 174(8), 764–771. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.1310 Posted by Kim Eckart-Washington, Futurity Youth programs designed to prevent drug use and delinquency […]

The Challenges of First-Generation College Students

By Gene Beresin and Khadijah Booth Watkins, The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds Currently, around half of all students attending college are the first in their families to do so. First-generation (first-gen) students have many strengths, as shown in the research. They tend to have higher satisfaction in college compared with non-first-gen peers, increased […]

Teen Depression and Anxiety: Why the Kids Are Not Alright

  By Susanna Schrobsdorff, TIME The first time Faith-Ann Bishop cut herself, she was in eighth grade. It was 2 in the morning, and as her parents slept, she sat on the edge of the tub at her home outside Bangor, Maine, with a metal clip from a pen in her hand. Then she sliced […]

Youth Mentoring Rocks! How Teens Find Great Mentors

By Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD, Roots of Action Like many adults, I can recall the profound influence that youth mentoring has had on my life. Not only did my mentor, a high school teacher, support me through my challenging teen years, but I have felt her positive influence for a lifetime. Why is youth mentoring so […]

How Do You Find a Decent Mentor When You’re Stuck at Home?

By Ruth Gotian, Harvard Business Review According to research, mentorship helps mentors and mentees succeed with job promotion, salary growth, and decreased burnout, and it also improves institutional retention. A recent study from Olivet Nazarene University illustrates that 76% of 3,000 surveyed American professionals believe mentorship is important, yet only 37% actually have a mentor. […]