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How to Help Kids Process the Trauma of Covid

By Tish Harrison Warren, The New York Times Last year, my sister was asked to write an article on how to make holidays fun for children in the middle of the pandemic. On a walk, we brainstormed about ways to celebrate without group gatherings. We wanted a respite for kids after a dark, hard year. […]

What benefits does mentoring have on the developmental outcomes of Latinx youths? New review has answers!

de los Reyes, W., Sánchez, B., Polo, A., Quiroz, A., Thursby, K., O’Donnell, A., & Monjaras-Gaytan, L. Y. (2021). Mentoring Latinx Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Review. Adolescent Research Review. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40894-021-00156-3 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Although many youth mentoring programs serve youths of color, there is still uncertainty about whether they are designed to […]

Bouncing Back with Intentional Relationships

By the Search Institute Remember the Joni Mitchell lyric from “Big Yellow Taxi”: “Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.” That phrase could apply to relationships during the COVID‑19 pandemic. During the long months of isolation, many of us realized what we had taken for granted: […]

Five important takeaways from a new meta-analysis

Poon, C. Y. S., Christensen, K. M., & Rhodes, J. E. (2021). A Meta-analysis of the Effects of Mentoring on Youth in Foster Care. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-021-01472-6 By Jean Rhodes, Cyanea Poon, and Kirsten Christensen Introduction  Research suggests that mentoring programs may promote a range of positive outcomes in youth populations. Less is known, […]

Some youth programs may benefit the next generation, too

Hill, K. G., Bailey, J. A., Steeger, C. M., Hawkins, J. D., Catalano, R. F., Kosterman, R., Epstein, M., & Abbott, R. D. (2020). Outcomes of Childhood Preventive Intervention Across 2 Generations: A Nonrandomized Controlled Trial. JAMA Pediatrics, 174(8), 764–771. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.1310 Posted by Kim Eckart-Washington, Futurity Youth programs designed to prevent drug use and delinquency […]

Practices for Starting and Expanding Engagement with LGBTQ+ Youth

By Jacob Toups, National Mentoring Resource Center In July of 2020, at one of the hardest points in American history with the impact of COVID-19, I decided to tackle a challenge I saw in my own community – mentoring for LGBTQ+ youth. We just won a major Supreme Court case upholding protections for LGBT+ professionals […]

We Can Prevent Childhood Adversity: The Science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Shows We Can Improve People’s Lives and Help Them Thrive

By the CDC               Working together, we can help create neighborhoods, communities, and a world in which every child can thrive. Learn how you can help! vetoviolence.cdc.gov/apps/aces-training   To access the resource, please click here.  

The impact of school-based mentoring: What are some common problems and solutions in the field?

McQuillin, S. D., Lyons, M. D., Clayton, R. J., & Anderson, J. R. (2020). Assessing the impact of school-based mentoring: Common problems and solutions associated with evaluating nonprescriptive youth development programs. Applied Developmental Science, 24(3), 215–229. https://doi.org/10.1080/10888691.2018.1454837 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although youth development and mentoring programs support youths during their transition from adolescence to […]

What makes a mentoring relationship strong? New study has answers!

Goldner, L., & Ben-Eliyahu, A. (2021). Unpacking Community-Based Youth Mentoring Relationships: An Integrative Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(11), 5666. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18115666 Summarized by Ariel Ervin  Notes of Interest:  Although formal community-based mentoring (CBM) is a popular way to advocate for positive development and health, it’s still unclear as to which factors and processes […]

New study finds Dutch youth were more likely to adhere to COVID-19 measures if they had a natural mentor

Koning, N., Hagedoorn, N., Stams, G.-J. J. M., Assink, M., & van Dam, L. (2021). What makes Dutch youth comply with preventive COVID-19 measures? An explorative study. Journal of Community Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.22651 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Taking preventative measures is necessary to limit the spread of COVID-19. This explorative study explores which factors […]