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Exploring organizational readiness to offer youth e-mentoring

  Kaufman, M. R., Zhou, X., Yenokyan, G., Levine, D. K., Wright, K., Salcido, M., Garringer, M., & Palen, L.-A. (2024). Exploring organizational digital readiness to offer youth E-Mentoring. Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning. https://doi.org/10.1080/13611267.2024.2349013 Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the transition of many youth mentoring programs to digital formats, known as e-mentoring. Despite […]

The Uncanny Valley and the Future of AI in Mentoring Program

By Jean Rhodes The advent of artificial intelligence (AI) has sparked a revolution in our lives and society, and mentoring is no exception. While AI holds immense potential to improve mentoring processes, it is crucial to approach its integration thoughtfully, leveraging its strengths while mitigating potential risks.  There are ethical concerns around the collection and […]

2024 Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring

The 15th annual Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring will be held in-person at Portland State University July 22-25, 2024. The upcoming Summer Institute will address the intentional focus of activities within the mentoring relationship. Sessions with leading scholars will explore how the choice of activities is influenced by needs, goals, and attitudes at the participant […]

Flash mentoring: An innovative new approach to building social capital

By Jean Rhodes Researchers have theorized about different types of social networks, and the need for a balance between so-called “bonding” and “bridging” social capital. Bonding capital involve relationships with close family and friends who are relatively similar in terms of race and social class, while bridging ties involve a broader network of relationships with […]

Mentoring LGBTQ+ Youth: An Urgent Need for Each of us to Act

Join us for a 3-part webinar series, hosted by experts Nia Clark and Dr. Christian Rummell, as we look into the impact of a growing number of anti-LGBT laws on mentoring programs, research on the lived experiences of LGBTQ+ youth, and strategies your mentoring program can use to intentionally offer support at a time when […]

The Strength of Vulnerability: Surprising New Insights into Building Strong Mentoring Relationships

By Jean Rhodes In a year in which words like ‘AI’ and ‘hallucinate’ dominated the public discourse, Merriam-Webster’s 2023 word of the year ‘authentic’  really resonated. This choice underscored both the enduring importance of genuine human connection and the value of authenticity in mentoring. In a recent study of helping relationships, perceived therapist genuineness was […]

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Nurturing Bonds: The Link Between Caregiver Attachment and Mentorship Among Black Teens

Reference: Charity-Parker, B. M., Negrete, A., Deutsch, N. L., & Hurd, N. M. (2023). A Mixed Method Investigation of Associations Between Caregiver Attachment and Natural Mentoring Relationships Among Black Adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Research, 07435584231189213. Summarized by: Ellen Parry Luff About the Study Through natural mentoring we can see how informal bonds formed with caring […]

In it together: Why a sense of “shared reality” is vital in mentoring

By Jean Rhodes “If you have ever been to an award ceremony, then you know the drill” observes psychologist Abdo Elnakouri and his colleagues, “Awardees dutifully list off those who helped them along the way: mentors, family, friends, and perhaps a surprisingly crucial acquaintance or two. Without them, the crowd is told, success would not […]

Step Up invites young women to join their nonprofit mentoring program

You’re one step away from achieving your dreams of success with Step Up! MentorPRO has partnered with mentorship nonprofit to launch their Step Up Digital Community on the MentorPRO platform. Exclusively designed for young women* ages 18-29 and Step Up member mentors, this new program features flash mentorship – focused and on-demand mentoring that offers […]

Integrating cognitive-behavioral strategies into youth mentoring: Findings from a rigorous new evaluation

Evaluation of Reach & Rise® Program Enhancements to Cognitive Behavioral Mentoring – Technical Report As the authors note, youth face numerous challenges in school, home, and the broader community, such as poverty, peer rejection, and violence. These challenges are are linked to various mental and emotional issues. Mentoring has been identified as a protective factor […]