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Promoting a sense of purpose and meaning through natural mentoring

White, A.E., Lincoln, B., Liang, B., Sepulveda, J., Matyjaszczyk, V., Kupersmith, C, Hill, N.E.,  & Perella, J. (2020). “My Mentor Thinks That I can Be Someone Amazing”: Drawing Out  Youths’ Passions and Purpose. Journal of Adolescent Research, 1 – 26. https://doi.org/10.1177/0743558420942481  Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although young people have more career paths to […]

Do some mentoring models send the wrong message to marginalized youth?

By: Bernadette Sánchez, PhD, National Mentoring Resource Center Editor’s Note: Several members of the NMRC Research Board participated in the 2017 National Mentoring Summit this past February, leading a research track that featured OJJDP-funded research and totaled 13 workshops across the multi-day event. We asked several Research Board members to share their key insights from […]

New study explores mentoring adolescent girls in the context of maternal relationship difficulties

Williamson, S., Deutsch, N. L., & Lawrence, E. C. (2020). A qualitative exploration of mentoring relationship development for girls experiencing maternal relationship difficulties. Children and Youth Services Review, 119, 105577. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.105577 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Developing close relationships with mentees can be challenging, especially for adolescent mentees who are referred to mentoring programs.  Findings of […]

What are the keys to successful mentoring? Study has some answers

by Jean Rhodes and Elizabeth Raposa In an article in the American Journal of Community Psychology we reported on some interesting findings that have direct implications for mentoring programs. The study was entitled, the Impact of Youth Risk on Mentoring Relationship Quality: Do Mentor Characteristics Matter?- and the short answer is yes! But let’s step back […]

Adolescents’ perception of mentor alliance and sense of belonging in a site-based mentoring program

Kazlauskaite, V., Braughton, J. E., Weiler, L. M., Haddock, S., Henry, K. L., & Lucas-Thompson, R. (2020). Adolescents’ Experiences of Mentor Alliance and Sense of Belonging in a Site-based Mentoring Intervention. Children and Youth Services Review, 105040. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.105040 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although evidence suggests that approximately half of American mentoring programs have site-based […]

The effectiveness of online peer mentorship programs for children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disabilities

Saxena, S., Mitchell, J., Ehsan, A., Majnemer, A., & Shikako‐Thomas, K. (2020). Online peer mentorship programmes for children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disabilities: A systematic review. Child: Care, Health and Development, 46(1), 132–148. https://doi.org/10.1111/cch.12726 Summarized by Ariel Ervin  Notes of Interest: Youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities may have differences in how they are able to participate in and […]

Mentoring for young people leaving foster care: Promise and potential pitfalls

Spencer, R., Collins, M. E., Ward, R., & Smashnaya, S. (2010). Mentoring for young people leaving foster care: Promise and potential pitfalls. Social work, 55(3), 225-234. Summarized by Jeremy Astesano Notes of Interest: Children in foster care, who lose access to that support system around the time they legally become adults, are a group who can benefit […]

Young people play vital role in funding programs that impact them at Youthprise

By Stell Simonton, Youth Today Editor’s Note: Youthprise, a Minneapolis philanthropy organization, provides a range of services to youth in the local community. Not only do they work to serve youth, but they also work alongside young people at an administrative level by requiring half of the organization’s board members to be between the ages […]

The role of tutoring on self-efficacy & future career expectations for at-risk adolescents

Michael, R. (2019). Self-efficacy and future career expectations of at-risk adolescents: The contribution of a tutoring program. Journal of Community Psychology, 47(4), 913-923. Summarized by Ariel Ervin  Notes of Interest: Michael’s (2019) study analyzes the impact of tutoring on self-efficacy and future career expectations for at-risk students. 147 tutors and 98 students participated in the research by […]