Assessing the impact of family relationships in youth mentoring through ecological lenses

Downey, S. K., Lyons, M. D., & Williams, J. L. (2022). The role of family relationships in youth mentoring: An ecological perspective. Children and Youth Services Review, 106508. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Although family relationships and youth mentoring programs play a role in youth development, it’s unclear how they are related. […]

The role transnational family support & youth mentoring has on unaccompanied immigrant youths in Spain

Alarcón, X., & Prieto-Flores, Ò. (2021). Transnational family ties and networks of support for unaccompanied immigrant youths in Spain: The role of youth mentoring in Barcelona. Children and Youth Services Review, 128, 106140. Summarized by Ariel Ervin. Notes of Interest: There has been a significant increase of unaccompanied migrant youth arriving in Spain in recent years. […]

Protecting Adolescents from Emotional Maladjustment during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Adolescents’ Coping and Parents’ Reactions to Adolescents’ Negative Emotions

By Zeyi Shi & Qian Wang, Reprinted from the Society for Research on Adolescence Shi, Z. and Wang, Q. (2021) Chinese Adolescents’ Coping with COVID-19: Relationships with Emotional Maladjustment and Parental Reactions to Negative Emotions. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 31 (3), 645-656. During the COVID-19 pandemic, adolescents may encounter various stressful events (e.g., compulsory quarantine, changes […]

Mentoring organizations impact mentors, too

Ellison, R. L., Cory, M., Horwath, J., Barnett, A., & Huppert, E. (2020). Can mentor organizations impact mentor outcomes? Assessing organizational norms on mentor intent to stay and willingness to “go the extra mile.” Journal of Community Psychology. Summarized by Monica Arkin  Notes of Interest: While most youth mentoring research focuses on youth outcomes, […]

Celebrating Fatherhood and Encouraging Mentorship with “My Brother’s Keeper”

Ed. note: This was cross-posted several years ago on the U.S. Department of Justice blog.  By Eric Holder I would not be where I am today without the love, guidance, and support of my father. He taught me to work hard, to dream big, to give back to my community, and to always remember the […]

Why “there’s simply no real substitute for physical presence”

Editor’s Note: Many of us can relate to this thoughtful New York Times column by Frank Bruni (excerpted below) as he reflects on the value of long expanses of time with family and friends.As he notes, young people’s disclosures about important topics don’t always fit neatly into the designated meeting time. Together time provides more opportunities for them […]

Attachment relationships and adolescents’ life satisfaction: Some relationships matter more to girls than boys

Ma, C., & Huebner, E.S. (2008). Attachment relationships and adolescents’ life satisfaction: Some relationships matter more to girls than boys. Psychology in the Schools, 45 (2), 177-190. Summarized by UMass Boston doctoral student Laura Yoviene Introduction: Having a secure relationship with a parent or guardian — one characterized by trust, caring, availability, and dependability — […]

Types of Family Involvement across Mentoring Programs

  Summarized by UMass Boston doctoral student Stella Kanchewa, M.A. Spencer, R., & Basualdo-Delmonico, A. (2014). Family involvement in  the youth mentoring process: A focus group study with program staff. Children and Youth Services Review, 41, 75-82. Introduction: Formal youth mentoring typically emphasizes the relationship between a mentor and mentee, particularly efforts related to the […]