Practice

Mentoring program success. Helping others achieve their goals.

Perpetuating success: How C.J. Anderson’s foundation is seeking to bring resources to low-income youth

By Iman Rastegari, Leah Shafer at Usable Knowledge  For children to grow up and achieve their dreams — or identify interests and formulate dreams in the first place — they need to see what their aspirations might look like in practice. They need exposure to career pathways, continual mentorship, and a sense of belonging and […]

Mentor speaking to mentee. Mentoring, youth mentoring.

Consider the whole person: How to improve your mentoring by thinking holistically

By Rick Woolworth, HBR  Editor’s note: It’s easy to perceive a mentoring relationship, especially one in an academic or professional context as just that: professional. While a good mentoring relationship should lead a mentee towards their goals, the article below describes the importance of understanding the mentee in question holistically, extending the conversation beyond the […]

Food and its impact on youth. Mentoring, youth mentoring.

How fast food companies are priming your mentee’s brain to eat poorly

How teens’ brains respond to TV advertisements for fast food can predict what they are going to eat for dinner, according to new research.  Editor’s note: How are the young people in your life affected by their diet? It’s common knowledge that a healthy, balanced, diet is associated with a greater sense of well-being and […]

Student with teacher. Mentoring, youth mentoring, mentors.

Mentoring underrepresented minority students

By Amanda Cornwall, Inside Higher Ed So … I’m white, writes Amanda Cornwall. Can I be effective as a mentor to students from underrepresented groups? Very shortly after beginning a new administrative role in which my main job is to create programming to support Ph.D. students, I was given an exciting new task. The university […]

Teens, social status, health. This image represents someone's subjective placement of social status. Mentoring related.

How a teen’s sense of family status might be connected to their physical health

By Pat Harriman, Futurity An adolescent’s sense of their own family’s social and economic status is closely linked to that teen’s physical and cognitive health, according to a study of British twins. In fact, the adolescent’s perception of status was a more powerful predictor of their well-being and readiness for further education than their family’s […]

Kids on smartphones. Researchers are curious whether kids are aware of their rights in research done through technology.

The rights of adolescents as research participants in a digital age

By Diana J. Meter, Utah State University for SRA Ecological momentary assessment (EMA) is a term used to describe the collection of data in real time while subjects remain in their natural environments. Many adolescence researchers are familiar with contemporary beginnings in social science research, such as when Reed Larson and Claudia Lampman-Petraitis signaled adolescents to record […]

Children smiling. Mentees, mentors, youth mentors.

Students learn from people they love

By David Brooks, New York Times A few years ago, when I was teaching at Yale, I made an announcement to my class. I said that I was going to have to cancel office hours that day because I was dealing with some personal issues and a friend was coming up to help me sort […]

Reporting for work where you once reported for probation

By Ted Alcorn, The Atlantic  Where mistrust between communities and law enforcement runs high, can people with criminal histories bridge the gap? One afternoon in October, Abdul Malik was sitting just inside the entrance of a New York City Probation Department building in the South Bronx when he recognized a young man coming in and […]

Boys and girls take different paths to empathy

By Tara Kuther, Society for Research on Adolescence Empathy is a trait that develops during adolescence. However, it seems that the course of development might be gender-specific. Empathy, the capacity to take another person’s perspective and appreciate their emotion, is thought to increase over the course of adolescence with advances in cognition and emotion. Some […]

The number of uninsured children is on the rise

By Nickolas Bagley, Youth Today “For many years, the nation has been on a positive trajectory reducing the number and rate of uninsured children. Having health insurance is important for children as they are more likely to receive needed services, have better educational outcomes, and their family is protected from the financial risks associated with […]