Tag Archive for: best practices

Do program practices matter for mentors? New study has answers

Keller, T. E., Drew, A. L., Herrera, C., Clark-Shim, H., & Spencer, R. (2023). Do program practices matter for mentors?: How implementation of empirically supported program practices is associated with youth mentoring relationship quality. Journal of Community Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.23019 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: The quality and nature of mentor-mentee relationships have an influential impact […]

Bridging the Mental Health Care Gap for Black Children Requires a Focus on Racial Equity and Access

By Fadumo M. Abdi & Mavis Sanders, Reprinted from Child Trends  Black children and families in the United States experience direct, indirect, and intergenerationally transmitted stressors that result from systemic racism, many of which have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Compared to pre-COVID mental and emotional health outcomes, data since the onset of the […]

New research on how to systematically improve mentoring programs through the implementation of evidence-based best practices

Lachance, L., Watson, C., Blais, D., Ungar, M., Healey, G., Salaffie, M., Sundar, P., Kelly, L., Lagace, M. C. (2019). Strengthening child and youth programs: A look at inter-organizational mentoring strategies. Evaluation and Program Planning, 76, 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2019.101679 Summarized by Karina DeAndrade Notes of Interest: The purpose of this study was to examine an effort by […]

Chicago launches one-stop shop of youth mentoring opportunities

By Maudlyne Ihejirika  Propelling the challenge made by the mayor in his inaugural address, the city on Monday launches an online one-stop shop designed to connect Chicagoans with youth mentoring opportunities. One Good Deed Chicago, previously a website repository of the city’s nonprofits, has been revamped to play matchmaker between Chicagoans interested in positively influencing the […]

Strengthening Adult Capacities to Improve Child Outcomes

by Jack P. Shonkoff, Harvard University, From SpotlightonPoverty.org Achieving sustained prosperity in any society depends on building a strong foundation in all children in order to help them fulfill many roles: successful learners, healthy and productive workers, contributing members of their community, and effective parents of the next generation. Early childhood policies and programs contribute to […]

Discussion: What do you wish you could do more of in your youth mentoring program? - Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring

Discussion: What do you wish you could do more of in your program?

In some ways, running a youth mentoring program is about tradeoffs. We may want to serve more kids, try new approaches, build more creative partnerships, but often these desires are constrained by available resources, staff skills and time, or the competition for volunteers and stakeholder interest. Sometimes, we even find ourselves constrained by “best practices” […]