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

“The Person Who Changed My Life” Podcast series goes live!

New York, NY (Tuesday, June 9, 2015) – Mentoring USA and MENTOR/UMB: Center for Evidence Based Mentoring are pleased to announce a collaboration around the airing of podcasts about prominent people and their mentors. The podcasts draw from the entries of the critically acclaimed book, The Person Who Changed My Life, which was edited by Mrs. […]

Chicago launches one-stop shop of youth mentoring opportunities

By Maudlyne Ihejirika  Propelling the challenge made by the mayor in his inaugural address, the city on Monday launches an online one-stop shop designed to connect Chicagoans with youth mentoring opportunities. One Good Deed Chicago, previously a website repository of the city’s nonprofits, has been revamped to play matchmaker between Chicagoans interested in positively influencing the […]

The long and winding path to adulthood

Editor’s Note: Walk into any bus terminal, coffee shop, library, or other public venue and you are likely to see crowds of young adults immersed in private universes of music and social media. Although ubiquitous, this sight would have baffled observers just a generation ago. Social connections were neither forged nor maintained over the Internet and, […]

Supportive Role Models, Coping Lead to Better Health in Poor Teens

Low-income teenagers who have supportive role models and engage in adaptive strategies have lower levels of a marker for cardiovascular risk than low-income teens without such resources, according to a new study. The study, by researchers at Northwestern University and the University of British Columbia, was published in the journal Child Development. “Low socioeconomic status […]

Cultivating a willingness to try, fail, and try again in youth

by Junlei Li  (The Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media) I am anxious and frustrated.  My palm is sweating, my face red with indignation.  Next to me sits my bemused family pal, less than half my age, watching me stumble on the way to inevitable demise.  We are playing his game, and he […]

Pulling youth out of class for school-based mentoring might be counter-productive

Schwartz S. O., Rhodes, J. E., & Herrera, C. (2012). The influence of meeting time on academic outcomes in school-based mentoring. Children and Youth Services Review, 34, 1, 2319-2326 Method: Participants in the study (N = 1,139) were part of the national evaluation of the Big Brothers Big Sisters school-based mentoring program, about half of […]

Which mentor characteristics lead to the most satisfying matches?

  This article was summarized by UMB doctoral candidate in clinical psychology, Laura Yoviene, MA Leyton-Armakan, J., Lawrence, E., Deutsch, N., Williams, J., & Henneberger, A. (2012). Effective youth mentors: The relationship between initial characteristics of college women mentors and mentee satisfaction and outcome. Journal of Community Psychology, 40 (8), 906-920. Which mentor characteristics lead […]

Meet author and former CEO Walter Green on the new Mentoring Today radio show

f you’ve enjoyed reading Vince Reardon’s Pocket Mentor entries, then you might want to try his new radio show, “Mentoring Today with Vince Reardon,” a weekly, 30-minute radio program offering listeners guest interviews about mentoring youth. All shows will be available through the MentoringU podcast series on iTunes, but listening live gives you the chance to call […]

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, […]

Does Your School or Program Really Value Relationships? Six Questions to Ask…

By: Kent Pekel, Ed.D. President, Search Institute. Post from Search Institute blog As I visit schools, youth programs, and community coalitions across the country to discuss Search Institute’s new research on developmental relationships, I have not met a single person who thinks relationships are unimportant. The people I talk with are invariably interested and sometimes downright excited to […]