Practice

Five Ways to Improve How We Measure Young People’s Well-Being

By Kathryn L.S. Pettit, Hannah Daly, and Amelia Coffey, Reprinted from the Urban Institute Young people need resources and support to thrive both during adolescence and into adulthood. To work toward this, we need to be able to measure, track, and determine indicators that represent all aspects of well-being. Policymakers, funders, researchers, advocates, and practitioners […]

How to Mentor More People — and Not Get Burned Out

By Kavitha Ranganathan and Michael Englesbe, Reprinted from Harvard Business Review Advancing in a career can come with a variety of benefits — the more expert one becomes, the more one is sought out for guidance and perspective. Invitations to give talks, serve in leadership roles, and weigh in on big decisions begin to accumulate. […]

Four Ways Youth Social Capital is Mobilized

By Brian Lightfoot, Reprinted from the Search Institute More and more educators and youth-serving practitioners incorporate organizational and programmatic approaches to build youths’ social capital because embedding young people in relationship-rich environments fosters developmental relationships. Search Institute defines social capital as the resources that arise from a web of relationships, which youth can access and […]

Group Mentoring Supplement to the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™

By MENTOR, Reprinted from the Introduction (“Tips for Using This Resource” Section) This Supplement to the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring will be most useful to those starting group mentoring programs, as well as to those who are looking to strengthen their existing services. The recommendations included in the next section, from Recruitment through […]

Round Up: National Mentoring Month 2024

By Leslie M. Booren, Youth-Nex Researchers at Youth-Nex and the UVA School of Education and Human Development are contributing to a growing body of research on how and why effective mentoring works, as highlighted in this 2024 national mentoring month round-up. Youth Mentoring Addressing Youth Loneliness: Close youth mentoring relationships can improve mentees’ relationships with […]

What Do Immigrant Students Need? It Isn’t Just ELL

By Jill Anderson, Reprinted from Harvard Graduate School of Education Educators need to do more to address the basic social-emotional needs of immigrant children if they are to advance in learning, says Professor Carola Suárez-Orozco. She is the director of the Immigration Initiative at Harvard, where she’s focused on the practices that can change immigrant […]

When it comes to building networks, students need more low-stakes practice

By Robert Markle, Reprinted from the Christensen Institute In July 2023, our team published “People-powered pathways: Lessons in how to build students’ social capital through career-connected learning.” In the report, we describe successes and challenges in bringing social capital–building strategies to a variety of educational settings. Our observations draw from an 18-month pilot during which […]

Black Children and Youth Can Benefit From Focused Research on Protective Community Resources

By Mavis Sanders, Dominique N. Martinez, Shana E. Rochester, and Jennifer Winston, Reprinted from ChildTrends Sanders, M., Martinez, D.N., Rochester, S.E., & Winston, J. (2023). Black children and youth can benefit from focused research on protective community resources. Child Trends. https://doi.org/10.56417/9297o3835j Child Trends recently announced that protective community resources (PCRs) would be one of two […]

Peer Mentoring Supplement to the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™

By MENTOR, Reprinted from the Summary Taco Bell Foundation and MENTOR Release Comprehensive New Resource on Peer Mentoring A new wave of research is highlighting the effectiveness of “near peer” mentoring relationships in which older youth and young adults offer their support to those coming up behind them. These peer mentoring relationships are especially helpful […]

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 […]