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All content relevant for youth mentoring practitioners, youth-serving program staff, and people who are interested in mentoring-related policy.

Five skills for navigating the transition to adulthood

College Walkby Jean Rhodes

I’m sometimes alarmed that so many of my undergraduates seem adrift and unclear about their futures. I find myself wondering how they can bring themselves to pay tuition, … Read the rest

When kids expect hostility, they get hostile

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When children expect aggression from others, it may cause them to be overly aggressive themselves, a new study finds.

While the pattern is more common in some cultures than others, a four-year longitudinal study involving 1,299 children and their parents … Read the rest

A Fable About Mentoring and How to Be Close with Those We Love

Timothy A. Cavell, PhD,By Dr. Tim Cavell

In a study done over 30 years ago, researchers pulled first graders from different classrooms and had them interact together in a new playgroup several days in a … Read the rest

What Predicts Volunteers’ Commitment to Mentoring Relationships? You guessed it…

Screen Shot 2013-05-22 at 6.42.22 PMMadia, B.P., & Lutz, C.J. (2004). Perceived similarity, expectation-reality discrepancies, and mentors’ expressed intention to remain in Big Brothers/Big Sisters programs. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 34 (3), 598-623.

Mentor initiated premature terminations compromise mentoring programs’ goal of fostering … Read the rest

Mentor Duty Should Be the New Jury Duty

By Brandon Busteed, Executive Director of Gallup Education

reprinted from Gallup

As millions of kids head back to school this year — eager to learn and grow — it’s hard not to wonder whether school is really the best and … Read the rest

Our developing understanding of child development: A new video on the effects of toxic stress

Written by Justin Preston

In a new animated short from the Atlantic, we learn a bit about the progress we’ve made in gaining a better understanding of child development.

More specifically, we learn about the impacts of toxic stress … Read the rest

New research investigates long-term impacts of natural mentors

architecture-1851496_1280Miranda-Chan, T., Fruiht, V., Dubon, V., & Wray-Lake, L. (2016). The functions and longitudinal outcomes of adolescents’ naturally occurring mentorships. American Journal of Community Psychology, 57, 47-59.

Summarized by Sam BurtonRead the rest

It’s not what you know….: The case for a networked approach to mentoring

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by Jean Rhodes

According to a recent Gallup poll  successful college students have one important thing in common–they all had one or more teachers who were mentors who took an interest in … Read the rest

Study uncovers interesting differences in the interpersonal tone of school-based mentoring relationships

Screen Shot 2013-04-09 at 9.08.18 PMPryce, J. M., & Keller, T. E. (2013). Interpersonal tone within school-based youth mentoring relationshipsYouth & Society45(1), 98-116.

Background Positive mentoring relationships display closeness, warmth, authenticity, and empathy. This study sought to capture the emotional … Read the rest

How Does Mentoring Benefit Youth? Let’s Count the Ways

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by David DuBois

One of the most common frustrations I have heard voiced by folks in practice and advocacy roles within our field is that the measures used in evaluations of programs … Read the rest