Practice

The Role of Positive Youth Development

 By Wei-Lin Chen, Society for Research on Adolescence Linver, M. R., Urban, J. B., Chen, W.-L., Gama, L., & Swomley, V. I. (2021). Predicting Positive Youth Development from Self-Regulation and Purpose in Early Adolescence. Journal of Research on Adolescence. https://doi.org/10.1111/jora.12621 Positive Youth Development (PYD) emphasizes the potential for healthy, successful development, via interpersonal skills and relationships, confidence […]

LGBTQ Supplement to the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™

By Michael Garringer, Jennifer Bourgoin, Christian Rummell, Hillary Bardwell, & Jessica Mitchell, MENTOR  The LGBTQ Supplement to the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™ responds to a long-standing call to extend the reach and quality of mentoring relationships to one of our nation’s most underserved, marginalized, and vulnerable populations- youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, […]

What Great Mentorship Looks Like in a Hybrid Workplace

By Marianna Tu & Michael Li, Harvard Business Review Remote work has been an adjustment (to say the least) for everyone, and its effect on our professional relationships has been just as significant as the impact on daily tasks. For early-career employees, the lack of casual conversations at work poses a considerable challenge. How does […]

Using the Web of Support Framework

By Dr. Shannon Vargar & Dr. Jonathan Zaff, CERES Institute for Children & Youth  Every day young people attend schools, participate in after school programs, show up for jobs, and navigate their neighborhoods filled with adults and peers who have the potential to help them as they pursue their education, work, life, and health goals. […]

Parents Need Webs of Support, Too

By Dr. Jonathan Zaff, CERES Institute for Children & Youth When Shannon Varga and I developed the Webs of Support framework, we focused our attention on the lives of young people. We described how young people need an anchoring relationship; an adult they know they can turn to when they need help to solve a […]

What makes Mentoring Effective? How Research can Guide you in Selecting a Program

By Julia M. Pryce, Michael S. Kelly, & Thomas E. Keller, PDX Scholar Pryce, J.M., Keller, T.E., & Kelly, M.S. (2007). What makes mentoring effective? How research can guide you in selecting a program. Focal Point, 21 (2), 19-21. Contemporary practitioners and policymakers widely accept that having a significant, positive relationship with an adult is instrumental […]

5 Steps for Building & Strengthening Students’ Networks

By Julia Freeland Fisher & Mahnaz Charania, PhD, Christensen Institute  What is this playbook and who is it for? This playbook was developed by the Clayton Christensen Institute to help K–12 and postsecondary leadership and nonprofits that work with those institutions implement and adapt strategies, tools, and metrics that build and strengthen their students’ networks […]

This Could Be the Moment to Help the Poorest Among Us: Our Nation’s Children

The legislation, investments, and collaborative action we need By S. Paul Reville & John B. King Jr., EducationWeek Across our nation, getting to a place where every child has the opportunity to thrive requires work both inside and outside of schools with whole communities involved. In the wealthiest nation on earth, it seems ridiculous to […]

5 Key Takeaways of the 2021 Mentoring Matters Conference

By Kyra Holiday, Jennifer Elliott, & Shihadah “Shay” Saleem, MENTOR New York It was not ideal to have a conference like the 2021 virtual Mentoring Matters Conference; it was necessary. With the sole focus on elevating racial equity and creating spaces of joy for youth, the conference convened youth development and mentoring professionals like us […]

Want your Kid (or Mentee) to Learn. Something New? Sign Yourself Up, Too

How taking on unfamiliar challenges alongside my daughter benefits us both. By Tom Vanderbilt, The New York Times  One of the roles that new parents soon find themselves in — even as they are still learning how to be a parent — is that of teacher. Suddenly, in the eyes of a child, you’re a […]