Good Enough Mentors

by Timothy Cavell   In the 2nd edition of the Handbook of Youth Mentoring (DuBois & Karcher, 2013), Chris Elledge and I (Cavell & Elledge, 2013) offered this definition of youth mentoring: Youth men­toring is the practice of using program-sponsored relationships between identified youth and older volunteers (or paraprofessionals) as a context for prevention-focused activities […]

10 healthy strategies youth can use to cope with racial discrimination

By Bernadette Sánchez, PhD. A number of years ago, my colleagues David L. DuBois, Naida Silverthorn, and Julia Pryce, and I developed an evidence-based intervention curriculum, GirlPOWER!, for adolescent, African American and Latina female mentees and their adult female mentors at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago. I contributed to parts of the intervention […]

Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Julie Gehring

Written by Jelle de Graaf and Vera van den Berg Julie Gehring is the Director of Mentoring at Mother Caroline Academy in Boston. Mother Caroline Academy is a private, tuition-free school for girls in grades 4 to 8 from families with limited means. At the academy she works to match girls in grade 7 and […]

New research demonstrates connection between mentoring benefits and relationship stage

DeWit, D., DuBois, D., Erdem, G., Larose, S. & Lipman, E. (2016). The role of program-supported relationships in promoting youth mental health, behavioral and developmental outcomes. Prevention Science, 17, 646-657. DOI 10.1007/s11121-016-0663-2 Summarized by Justin Preston   Introduction Recent meta-analyses of mentoring research have found that youth paired with a caring, non-parental adult experience a […]

Mentoring’s Promise and Limits

By Larry Gordon Editor’s Note: This article appeared recently in the Atlantic. Research on the long-term effects of advisers is mixed, and some programs are now relying on video-game networks and other technology to forge stronger relationships. Fred Thornhill / Reuters When Leo Hall was 8 years old, his mother sent him to a tutoring […]

New Research Identifies Relationship Quality as Key to Successful School-Based Mentoring

Bayer, A., Grossman, J., & DuBois, D. L. (2015). Using volunteer mentors to improve the academic outcomes of underserved students: The role of relationships. Journal of Community Psychology. Summarized by Jessica Cunningham, B.A., Research Associate, Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring Background: Many schools facing financial hardship are turning to low-cost ways of identifying and supporting students […]

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada announces new president and CEO

August 17, 2015 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada (BBBSC) Board Chair, Bill Adams is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Coleridge as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective October 12, 2015.  Prior to joining BBBSC, Mr. Coleridge was the  National CEO, Canadian Mental Health Association where he led the development and implementation […]

Promising pilot test of the Healthy “Little” Lives Big Sisters Mentors Project

MICHELLE R. KAUFMAN, PhD Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA Kaufman, Michelle R.(2010) ‘Testing of the Healthy “Little” Lives Project: A Training Program for Big Sister Mentors’, American Journal of Sexuality Education, 5: 4, 305 — 327 American Journal of Sexuality Education Abstract:  Big Brothers/Big Sisters (BBBS) is a national program aimed at providing mentors for […]

“Rest assured, you will have that impact”: Former U Michigan coach recalls influence

KALAMAZOO, MI – For about five minutes, Lloyd Carr stood at the podium in front of a few hundred people Monday evening and enthusiastically read one of his favorite poems. The former University of Michigan football coach changed tones, reading some lines softly and some loudly during the annual Big Brothers Big Sisters benefit dinner […]

Baltimore steps forward to mentor post Freddie Gray

By David Shapiro and Terry Hickey From the Baltimore Sun When Trayvon Martin’s life was taken our nation was forced into a long overdue conversation about the condition of the lives of African-American boys and young men. Young men like Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.; John Crawford in Beavercreek, Ohio; and now Freddie Gray in […]