Content for Non-Profits & Policy-Makers

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

How funders can help build evaluation capacity in a non-profit

Castillo, I. (2017, September 19). Building Evaluation Capacity within a Nonprofit – How Funders Can Help (and Not Cause Trouble). Venture Philanthropy Partners. http://www.vppartners.org/blog-post/building-evaluation-capacity-within-a-nonprofit-how-funders-can-help-and-not-cause-trouble/ Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Metrics are a valuable asset for funders and non-profits. By having numbers to back up findings, they are able to demonstrate the impact their organizations are […]

Schools are struggling to meet rising mental health needs, data show

By Laura Meckler May 31, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. EDT Ask most teachers or principals about the mental health of their students this year, and they will tell you stories of how much worse things are than normal: More fights in the hallway. Students unable to focus in class. Depression and sadness. New federal data helps […]

Meet Professor John M. Gottman, a leading expert on relationships

Editor’s Note: Professor John Gottman of the University of  Washington is one of the leading scholars on marital and other relationships and the factors that both strengthen and diminish understanding and closeness. Gottman is professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Washington. He co-directos the Washington’s Relationship Research Institute and the Gottman Institute with his wife. In […]

Transition-to-Success Mentoring Act Introduced to House

By MENTOR On January 25, MENTOR received the exciting news that The Transition-to-Success Mentoring Act (H.R. 6481) was introduced in the House of Representatives by Representative Andre Carson (IN-7). This bill would create a new grant program out of the Department of Education to expand school-based mentoring programs and create partnerships between schools and community-based […]

Three research-based recommendations for improving youth and mentors’ engagement in programs

by Jean Rhodes Youth can’t benefit from mentoring programs they (or their mentors) don’t attend, and poor attendance is a common problem in many programs. One factor that may discourage attendance is the threat of violence and crime. In this important new study, researchers studied this issue and make valuable suggestions for how to increase […]

Back to School in a Pandemic – Sorting Out the Policy Puzzle

By Janet Forbush Millions of students from pre-K through college are now either beginning to or returning to classrooms throughout the United States. The pervasive influence of COVID-19 and the Delta variant continues to create havoc in our lives and cause extraordinary duress in the policy environment. For example, there is a dramatic increase of […]

LAST CHANCE: Act Now for Advocacy August!

In order to close the mentoring gap and ensure all youth have the positive relationships that they deserve, it is critical that we advocate for policies in Congress that will increase the quality and quantity of mentoring programs. For Advocacy August, you can make a difference right now by taking just two minutes to contact your Member […]

Things May Fall Apart but You Will Make it Through with a Little Help from your Family, Friends, Teachers, and School

We are pleased to feature this thoughtful essay about first generation college students from Professor Margarita Azmitia. Dr. Azmitia grew up in Guatemala and is a Professor of Psychology at the University of California at Santa Cruz. She studies how family, peer, schools, and communities contour adolescents and young adults educational and identity pathways, adolescents’ friendships, […]

Meet Professor Heidi Levitt, expert on therapeutic relationships

  Clinical psychologist Heidi Levitt discusses what’s helpful in relationships JR:  What would say are 2 or 3 core features that need to be present in all helping relationships HL: Empathy, Congruence/Genuineness, Mutual understanding of (and agreement with) what is ‘helping’ in that relationship JR: You observed that the therapist acted as a surrogate for others’ […]

Three key factors that lead to mentor satisfaction

Martin, S. M., & Sifers, S. K. (2012). An evaluation of factors leading to mentor satisfaction with the mentoring relationship. Children and Youth Services Review, 34(5), 940-945. Summarized by Bridget Nestor, Editorial Assistant, Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring Introduction: Research suggests that mentoring relationships can provide positive outcomes for both mentor and mentee. Most literature, however, has […]