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Foster care youth speak: We need career mentoring!

Hudson, A. (2015). Career mentoring needs of youths in foster care: Voices for change. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 26, 131-137. Background Once young adults age out of the foster care system they are more likely than their non-fostered peers to experience homelessness, poverty, incarceration, and a variety of mental health issues. According […]

Study Finds Positive Physical and Mental Health Outcomes for Mentored Foster Care Youth

Ahrens, K. R., DuBois, D. L., Richardson, L. P., Fan, M. Y., & Lozano, P. (2008). Youth in foster care with adult mentors during adolescence have improved adult outcomes. Pediatrics, 121(2), e246-e252. Summarized by Elyssa Weber, UMB clinical psychology doctoral student Introduction: Young adults in foster care are more likely to have poorer physical and […]

Presence of natural mentors and vigilant parents leads to more positive outcomes for Black youth

Hurd, N., Varner, F., & Rowley, S. (2013). Involved-vigilant parenting and socio-emotional well-being among Black youth: The moderating influence of natural mentoring relationships. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 42(10), 1583-1595. Doi: 10.1007/s10964-012-9819-y Summarized by Jessica Cunningham Background: Previous research on Black youth has often operated on a deficits or challenges based approach, which has the […]

Many can help more than one: New research highlights benefits of multiple social connections for bullied youth

Posted by Andrew Trounson, futurity.org Having a group of friends to rely on appears to buffer children from the emotional hurt bullying causes better than a single “best” friend, a new study of more than 1,200 primary school children and their parents suggests. “A group of friends appears to protect the mental health of bullied […]

Leaving So Soon? Researchers Investigate Why Mentoring Matches End Early

Mentoring relationship closures in Big Brothers Big Sisters community mentoring programs: Patterns and associated risk factors. DeWit, D., DuBois, D., Erdem, G., Larose, S., Lipman, E., & Spencer, R. (2016). American Journal of Community Psychology, 0, 1-13. DOI: 10.1002/ajcp.12023. Summarized by Justin Preston   Introduction While previous research has demonstrated the overall positive benefits associated with […]

Donors bet big on paid mentoring: Does it work?

Written by Michael Fitzgerald, The Chronicle of Social Change Mentoring saved 41-year-old Gary Clemons’ life. Separated from his mother at age 5, running with violent gangs at 15, father to a visually disabled child at 19, and homeless at 24 — Clemons couldn’t imagine that the mentors who helped him mount these challenges would guide […]

Can grades, attendance, and life satisfaction change after just 8 sessions of school-based mentoring?: Yes!!

McQuillin S. & Lyons, D. (2016). Brief instrumental school-based mentoring for middle school students: theory and impact.  Advances in School Mental Health Promotion,  9, 2, 73–89. (reprinted from Abstract) This study evaluated the efficacy of an intentionally brief school-based mentoring program. This academic goal-focused mentoring program was developed through a series of iterative randomized controlled […]

Study Highlights the Importance of Mentor Attunement

Pryce, J. (2013). Mentor attunement: An approach to Successful School-based Mentoring Relationships. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 29, 285–305  Background In this study, Julia Pryce, Professor of Social Work at Loyola University, notes that successful mentoring “requires an exceptional level of effort and commitment” and that many youth mentoring relationships fall short. The strongest […]

Policy Corner: Janet Forbush on latest policy implications for mentoring

Written by Janet Forbush, Senior Advisor with the Center for the Advancement of Mentoring April, 2018 Background: A plethora of policy developments across several agencies in the past few weeks at the federal and state levels informs the Policy Column this month. In some instances, the policies are short-term, e.g., 90 days, and will require […]

UNICEF integrates mentoring and innovation in refugee camps to provide opportunity

Written by Andrina Beuggert, Innovation Consultant at UNICEF Jordan Young Syrians in Jordan’s Azraq and Zaatari camps face an uncertain future. Once they finish school, limited training and work opportunities are available to them and only a few get to leave the camp to go to university. They face pressure to provide for their families, […]