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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 […]

Can mentoring help homeless adolescents experience fewer problems with substance abuse?

Bartle-Haring, S., Slesnick, N., Collins, J., Erdem, G., & Buettner, C. (2012). The utility of mentoring homeless Adolescents: A pilot study. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 38(4), 350-358. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Although mentoring programs are attractive to many people, there is evidence that suggests that these kinds of programs have […]

Boys and girls take different paths to empathy

By Tara Kuther, Society for Research on Adolescence Empathy is a trait that develops during adolescence. However, it seems that the course of development might be gender-specific. Empathy, the capacity to take another person’s perspective and appreciate their emotion, is thought to increase over the course of adolescence with advances in cognition and emotion. Some […]

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 […]