Things May Fall Apart but You Will Make it Through with a Little Help from your Family, Friends, Teachers, and School

We are pleased to feature this thoughtful essay about first generation college students from Professor Margarita Azmitia. Dr. Azmitia grew up in Guatemala and is a Professor of Psychology at the University of California at Santa Cruz. She studies how family, peer, schools, and communities contour adolescents and young adults educational and identity pathways, adolescents’ friendships, […]

[Webinar] The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity

Date: Friday, February 26, 2021, 1 PM EST Join Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBSA) on February 26, 2021, for a conversation with Artis Stevens (the President & CEO of BBBSA), Cheslie Kryst (Miss USA 2019 & BBBSA National Board member), and Dr. Nia Imani Fields (Maryland 4-H Program Leader & Assistant Director of University of […]

Lessons Learned for Improving Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from Y-USA’s Out-of-School Time Programs

By Zakia Redd, Kristine Andrews, and Fadumo M. Abdi, Child Trends The following is an executive summary of a longer brief, which is available here. Youth development program practitioners, policymakers, and funders are increasingly interested in how out-of-school time (OST) programs can effectively reach and engage diverse populations of young people. Indeed, research indicates that […]

More Than Black and Brown Faces: Diversity in Mentoring

By Marty Martinez As we celebrate and raise awareness of Black History Month, it is important for the mentoring movement to take stock of our efforts to be inclusive and accessible to all communities. As practitioners, we hear time and time again that mentoring programs and youth development organizations need more volunteer mentors of color. […]

Upcoming webinar on Mindfulness

Sea Change Mentoring is hosting a webinar on Mindfulness designed just for international, expat and third culture kids (and the adults that care for them). We are fortunate enough to have two guest speakers based out of The Netherlands (Psychologists Kate Berger and Debby Poort) who will lead a useful and insightful session.  Mindfulness is a method of […]

Jason Collins to open the 2015 National Mentoring Summit

Former National Basketball Association (NBA) player and current NBA Cares Ambassador Jason Collins will open the 2015 National Mentoring Summit to talk about the powerful impact of the mentoring effect both on and off the court. An All-American player at Stanford University, Collins played 13 seasons in the NBA before retiring in November 2014. In […]

Teacher’s Perceptions of Student Disadvatage Negatively Impact Teacher-Student Relationship

Fitzpatrick, C., Côté-Lussier, C., Pagani, L. S., & Blair, C. (2013). I Don’t think you like me very much: Child minority status and disadvantage predict relationship quality with teachers. Youth & Society, 1-17. DOI: 10.1177/0044118X13508962. Summarized by Stella Kanchewa, M.A., UMass Boston doctoral student Children’s academic performance relates to important adult outcomes including career options, income […]

Evidence Of Racial, Gender Biases Found In Faculty Mentoring

Editor’s note: As the field embraces Youth Initiated Mentoring, it will be important to consider that female mentees and youth of color may face additional burdens to finding a responsive mentor.  by SHANKAR VEDANTAM (NPR) Research found faculty in academic departments linked to more lucrative professions are more likely to discriminate against women and minorities than faculty […]