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New review explores how adults are influenced by the experience of mentoring youth

Anderson, A. J., & DuBois, D. L. (2022). Are adults influenced by the experience of mentoring youth? A scoping review. Journal of Community Psychology.  https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.22954 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Youth mentorships are known for promoting a variety of positive youth-related outcomes. While many systemic reviews and meta-analyses assess the impact mentoring relationships have […]

When COVID robbed children of their friendships, learning suffered

By Caitlin McDermott-Murphy, The Harvard Gazette After the pandemic closed schools last year, hospitals saw a surge in mental health-related emergency visits among children 18 and under. The statistics have been grim enough that a large cohort of the nation’s top pediatricians recently declared a “national emergency” in child and adolescent mental health. COVID disrupted […]

Relationship Education for Youth Who Have Faced Adversity

By Mindy Herman-Stahl, Sydney J. Briggs, Lisa Kim, & Elizabeth Wildsmith, MAST Caring and intimate relationships are critical to individuals’ well-being throughout their lifespan.1,2 Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education (HMRE) programs are designed to build skills that improve relationship quality for adult couples, individuals, co-parents, and youth. Historically, a segment of HMRE programs has focused […]

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 […]

The mentoring paradox, and how to solve it

by Jean Rhodes In a forthcoming book, “Older and wiser: Rethinking youth mentoring for the 21st Century,” (Harvard University Press), I explore why the field of mentoring has remained somewhat decoupled from the more rigorous guidelines of prevention science, and has been granted considerable immunity from the consequences of disappointing findings over the years. Although […]

Over 100 votes, and the winner is…..

      The results are in and the term caring adults won by a very small margin. Everyday mentors and natural mentors were edged out by only a couple of votes, and if combined, there still does appear to be a strong consensus around using the term “mentor,” despite some objections from formal mentoring programs. The term […]

On sparks, purpose, and natural mentors

Reflections on Natural Mentoring Conference by Peter Samuelson, Director, Research & Evaluation, Thrive Foundation If we want to increase the number of caring adults in the lives of youth, where might they be found? In the mentoring field, the metaphor of “fishing” has been used to illustrate mentoring. To increase the presence of caring adults […]