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Building Bonds: The Evolution of Project DREAM’s Youth-Adult Afterschool Program

Reference: Hurd, N. M., & Billingsley, J. (2023). Project DREAM: Iterative development of an afterschool program with an emphasis on youth–adult relationships. American Journal of Community Psychology. Summarized by Ellen Parry Luff About the Study: Research has found that while supportive relationships are very important in supporting social and emotional well-being, as well as academic […]

The Impact of a Campus-Based Therapeutic Mentoring Program

Reference: Rempe, G., Saltis, M., Matheson, D., & Cople, S. (2023). Norm-Referenced Effects of a Campus-Based Therapeutic Mentoring Program. Journal of Youth Development, 18(2), 3. Summarized by: Ellen Parry Luff About the Study In the past decade, the use of mentoring programs in the United States has surged, aiming to foster positive relationships between adults […]

New study shows how family social capital affects academic achievement

Oyefuga, E., & Shakeshaft, C. (2023). Social capital and the higher education academic achievement: Using cross-classified multilevel models to understanding the impact of society on educational outcomes. Youth & Society, 55(1), 163–183. https://doi.org/10.1177/0044118X211042912 Summarized by Megyn Jasman and Ariel Ervin  Notes of Interest:  Social capital refers to an individual’s network of relationships and how they, in turn, […]

“We Make a Life by What We Give”: The Impact of a High School Mentoring Program on the Perceptions and Academic Achievement of Black Males.

Ross, B. R.(2022). “We Make a Life by What We Give”: The Impact of a High School Mentoring Program on the Perceptions and Academic Achievement of Black Males. (Doctoral Dissertation, University of South Carolina). Scholar Commons. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  There is a shortage of support from interventions (e.g., mentoring) that foster post-secondary planning […]

8 Interventions for Struggling Students

Reprinted from the Search Institute Some students struggle in school, but there are ways to help them overcome academic challenges. Whether they are challenged in math, English, science, or history, the result is similar. The notion that they aren’t good at something leads them to believe they just didn’t have what it takes to get […]

Helping Behavior May Mitigate Academic Risk for Children from Low-Income Neighborhoods

Armstrong‐Carter, E., Miller, J. G., Hill, L. J. B., & Domingue, B. W. (2021). Young Children’s Prosocial Behavior Protects Against Academic Risk in Neighborhoods With Low Socioeconomic Status. Child Development, n/a(n/a). https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.13549 Summarized by the Society for Research in Child Development Children raised in neighborhoods with low socio-economic status are at risk for low academic achievement. A […]

Mentors can help students overcome math anxiety

Posted by Mark Peters Even students who perform extremely well on math exams can suffer from anxiety. And the better a student does at math, the more strongly anxiety will drag his or her performance down, new research shows. And the relationship between anxiety and achievement holds true not just in the United States, but […]

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 […]