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Bringing mentoring online to support Canadian youth who have experienced cyberbullying

Sam, J., Wisener, K., Schuitemaker, N., & Jarvis-Selinger, S. A. (2018). Aboriginal Youth Experiences with Cyberbullying: A Qualitative Analysis of Aboriginal e-mentoring BC. International Journal of Indigenous Health. https://doi.org/10.18357/ijih.v13i1.30267 Summarized by Karina DeAndrade and Harry Bayly Notes of interest: Study examines 189 youth ages 11-17 and 119 mentors on effects on cyberbullying and if having […]

MENTOR’s COVID-19 resources

Everyone has been touched by the corona virus and COVID-19, with cases soaring over 180,000 in the United States alone. During these trying times, the support of others is critical. While this might not be possible in a physical capacity with the necessity of social distancing, we can try to provide remote support wherever possible. […]

A funder’s guide to identifying high quality mentoring programs: From indicators to red flags

Editor’s Note:  Through a series of posts, we present, “Making the Most of Youth Mentoring: A Guide for Funders”  In this post, Dr. Carla Herrera surveys different approaches to mentoring, highlighting the positive indicators and red flags Original Publisher(s): Public/Private Ventures. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License, with permission from the Foundation Center). […]

Without mentoring, girls lose interest in STEM fields

Stoeger, H., Duan, X., Schimer, S., Greindl, T., & Ziegler, A. (2013). The effectiveness of a one-year online mentoring program for girls in STEM. Computers & Education, 69, 408-418. Summarized by Jessica Cunningham, B.A. Lab Manager, Center of Evidence-Based Mentoring Introduction: As you may have already heard, women are highly under-represented in the fields of […]

Can “deep” relationships form in e-mentoring programs?

by Kevin O’Neill – Associate Professor, Education and Technology, Simon Fraser University Throughout my career, I have been developing, running, and studying a series of small school-based e-mentoring programs (each generally serving less than 100 youth) over the years. I began this work around 1993, and from the beginning my inclination was that face-to-face mentoring would be preferable wherever it was […]

Mentoring and Egocentrism: Do people overestimate their ability to provide emotional support over email?

Kruger, J., Epley, N., Parker, J., & Ng, Z. (2005). Egocentrism over e-mail: Can we communicate as well as we think?. Journal Of Personality And Social Psychology, 89(6), 925-936. doi:10.1037/0022-3514.89.6.925 summarized by Evan Cutler, Assistant Director, Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring  Introduction: Kruger, Epley, Parker, & Ng (2005) conducted five studies to explore how people communicate with a […]

Sarah Schwartz, Ph.D. is the “Connected Learning” Editor

Sarah Schwartz is the newly appointed MacArthur Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Connected Learning. As editor of this new column, she will share with the mentoring community the many new research projects and ideas that are emerging from the Connected Learning Research Network and beyond. Within this context, Sarah will highlight her new research on youth […]

What makes e-mentoring work?

Panopoulos, A. & Sarri, K. (2013). E-mentoring: The adoption process and innovation challenge. International Journal of Information Management, 33, 217-226. Introduction: There has been considerable interest in e-mentoring in recent years  (i.e., Bonnett, Wildermuth, & Sonnenwald, 2006; DiRenzo, Linnehan, Shao, & Rosenberg, 2010). E-mentoring helps eliminate many obstacles that otherwise limit the development of mentoring relationships, […]

FORUM: Can e-mentoring really support youth with significant needs?

With the explosion in the last decade of social media, virtual relationships, and online communities, it seems that e-mentoring is poised to become an increasingly popular option for serving youth. Many practitioners are wondering if electronic communications can be used to enhance the mentoring experience—or perhaps replace the in-person component entirely. But what can e-mentoring […]