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

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 […]

[Webinar] Capacity Building Strategies for Smaller Mentoring Organizations

Many youth mentoring programs in the U.S. are smaller-scale programs that serve fewer than 100 mentor matches. Smaller programs often have limited staff time that is split between supporting mentor matches, recruiting new mentors, and raising funding to keep the lights on. In this webinar, we will explore proven capacity building strategies for smaller organizations […]

Five skills for navigating the transition to adulthood

by 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, go to class, study for tests, and go about their daily lives without a detailed, ambitious plan for their future careers. But, I’ve come to realize that […]

When kids expect hostility, they get hostile

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 finds it is true in 12 different cultural groups from nine countries around the globe. […]

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

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 row. Selected were children who well liked by classmates and children who were actively disliked. Also in the playgroups were children who were […]

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

Madia, 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 quality relationships between youth and nonparental adults. Moreover, for youth from potentially vulnerable backgrounds, the premature […]

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 only developmental path any more. Most kids today need something very different from what is […]

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 on the developing brain and, subsequently, the developing child (for more on toxic stress, see our […]

New research investigates long-term impacts of natural mentors

Miranda-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 Burton     Introduction Research has demonstrated that having strong relationships with non-parental adults relates to positive outcomes for adolescents, such as performing better in […]

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

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 their hopes and dreams.  “We think it’s a big deal” where we go to college,” Gallup’s Brandon Busteed told the New York Times. But […]