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The Limits of Mentorship

By Patrick T. Brown, the Ethics and Public Policy Center Originally published in the Winter 2022 issue of National Affairs. As America suburbanized in the decades following World War II, neighborhoods — the places where family and civic life is lived on a day-to-day basis — gradually became more socio-economically stratified. Between 1980 and 2010, the percentage of low-income […]

Mentoring and the science of wise interventions

By Jean E Rhodes In recent years, my colleagues and I have been studying the consequences of unequal mentoring opportunities in the U.S. Drawing on large, national data sets, we have found that marginalized students are less likely to report having any kind of mentor and less likely to say that a high school teacher […]

Creating a culture of belonging: How teachers and mentors can help students navigate the return to in-person learning

by Jean E Rhodes School closures and the loss of face-to face instruction remain persistent struggles as schools work to contain COVID-19. In recent months, researchers have begun to publish studies and reports that have explored the academic and social toll that these closures have taken on students academic and social-emotional well-being. In a new […]

Helping Those Who Need It the Least: Can Informal Mentoring Promotes Economic Upward Mobility?

Gowdy, G., Miller, D. P., & Spencer, R. (2021). Helping Those Who Need It the Least: A Counterfactual and Comparative Analysis of Whether Informal Mentoring Promotes Economic Upward Mobility for Low- and Middle-Income Youth. Youth & Society, 53(7), 1152–1180. https://doi.org/10.1177/0044118X20959241 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Parents’ income is a significant predictor of their offsprings’ income. Many […]

Original Research by NMRC Research Board Highlights Impact of Mentoring on Long-Term Justice System Involvement

By: Mike Garringer, National Mentoring Resource Center One of the more challenging questions a mentoring program can get asked is “What’s the long-term impact of mentoring?” While most of the stakeholders in our work have an inherent belief in mentoring young people, often borne of their own experiences, occasionally those we bring into this movement […]

Things May Fall Apart but You Will Make it Through with a Little Help from your Family, Friends, Teachers, and School

We are pleased to feature this thoughtful essay about first generation college students from Professor Margarita Azmitia. Dr. Azmitia grew up in Guatemala and is a Professor of Psychology at the University of California at Santa Cruz. She studies how family, peer, schools, and communities contour adolescents and young adults educational and identity pathways, adolescents’ friendships, […]

New study shows promising long-term outcomes for mentoring program for children in foster care

Taussig, H. N., Dmitrieva, J., Garrido, E. F., Cooley, J. L., & Crites, E. (2021). Fostering Healthy Futures Preventive Intervention for Children in Foster Care: Long-term Delinquency Outcomes from a Randomized Controlled Trial. Prevention Science.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s11121-021-01235-6 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although maltreated foster care children have a high risk of being involved in delinquency […]

It’s Who You Know That Matters: How capital mentoring relationships can promote economic mobility for marginalized youth

Gowdy, G., & Spencer, R. (2021). It’s Who You Know That Matters: Identifying Which Type of Informal Mentor Is Most Likely to Promote Economic Mobility for Vulnerable Youth. The Journal of Primary Prevention. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10935-021-00630-7 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Evidence has shown that youths who grow up in poverty (especially children of color) have […]

For at-risk teens, the benefits of a caring adult last beyond youth

By Brett Theodos, Urban Institute  Youth who are disconnected from school and work may lack social networks that connect them to support and community resources and are vulnerable to negative outcomes as they transition to adulthood. Many efforts have been made to improve the education, employment, and behavioral outcomes of at-risk youth, but relatively few […]

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 […]