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.

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 […]

[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 […]