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

New study of female college students highlights the benefits of mentoring

McGill, J., Adler-Baeder, F., Sollie, D.L., & Kerpelman, J.L. (2015).

Exploring the experiences of female emerging adult mentors: Building a conceptual model. Journal of Adolescent Research, 30(5), 538-564.

There has been limited research focused on the experiences of the … Read the rest

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Let Mentoring U teach you about the latest mentoring and youth development research.  The  podcasts each run about 5-10 minutes and promise to entertain you with lively interviews, and inform you about … Read the rest

Practice Corner: Parents are an important part of the equation

Marty MartinezAn Important Part of the Equation
By: Marty Martinez

As practitioners fueling the mentoring movement, we’re all in the business of creating high quality and outcome-based mentoring relationships. In order to achieve that, programs work hard to create great quality … Read the rest

The importance of community context in natural mentoring

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Schwartz, S. O., Chan, C., Rhodes, J., & Scales, P. (2013). Community developmental assets and positive youth development: The role of natural mentors. Research in Human Development. 10, 141-162.



Research on positive youth development has highlighted the … Read the rest

Mentoring associated with better attitudes about school


The effects of non-academic mentoring on school-related cognitions: A pilot study

MacArthur, S. S., Higginbotham, B. J., & Ho, E. (2013). The effects of non-academic mentoring on school-related cognitions: A pilot study. Journal of Youth Development: Bridging Research and Practice, Read the rest

For this educator, teaching is mentoring

It is safe to say that I would not be here, doing this, if not for the assistance of mentors.

One of the most important of those mentors was my undergraduate creative … Read the rest

Why the #IfIDieInPoliceCustody Hashtag is Wake-Up Call For Mentoring: Three ways Mentoring can Become More Critical Now

Screen Shot 2015-07-20 at 10.22.05 AMby Torie Weiston, Ph.D.

Soon after the news that Sandra Bland, a Black woman arrested in Texas, had died in police custody, the hashtag #IfIDieInPoliceCustody began to trend on Twitter. This hashtag is another sobering reminder that the world we … 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

Book your room for the 2016 National Mentoring Summit!

The sixth annual National Mentoring Summit will take place January 27-29, 2016, at the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown and will explore the theme of “Connection | Growth | Opportunity”. The National Mentoring Summit is convened by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Read the rest

The many invisible forces: Why mentoring “best practices” are sometimes not enough.

 by Jean E. Rhodes

Despite careful screening and interviewing, evidence-based training and case management, and even intuition informed by long experience, there is a fair amount of luck involved in determining whether a relationship ends up among the half that … Read the rest