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New study explores how cultural mistrust and mentoring affect students’ attitudes toward school

O’Donnell, A. J., Harris, K., Sánchez, B., & Thursby, K. (2022). The Roles of Cultural Mistrust and Mentoring in Latinx Adolescents’ Attitudes Toward School. Journal of Research on Adolescence. https://doi.org/10.1111/jora.12758 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Research indicates that current & historical experiences of racism correlate with youth developing cultural mistrust towards educational institutions & authorities […]

4 strategies (and 2 tools) to improve cultural competency in youth mentoring

by Bernadette Sánchez, PhD. How can we overcome cultural mistrust in mentoring relationships? (see related post) First, as staff get to know youth when they enter a mentoring program, it will be helpful to screen whether youth have cultural mistrust.  Practitioners can use this Cultural Mistrust Measure-Interpersonal Scale that we adapted to use with adolescents. This may […]

Overcoming cultural mistrust in youth mentoring relationships

by Bernadette Sánchez, PhD. Adolescents of color report experiencing racial discrimination by adults, and they report increasing levels of discrimination as they get older (Greene, Way, & Pahl, 2006). These chronic experiences of discrimination coupled with the recent high profile cases in which Black youth are murdered by police officers and citizens are reason enough […]