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Researchers propose pyramid model for mentoring African American youth

Washington, G., Barnes, D., & Watts, R. J. (2014). Reducing risk for youth violence by promoting healthy development with pyramid mentoring: A proposal for a culturally centered group mentoring. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 24646-657. doi:10.1080/10911359.2014.922789 Summarized by Julia Mancini   Notes of Interest: This article describes the development of a comprehensive […]

An effective group mentoring program that draws on cognitive behavior therapy

Editor’s note: Researchers implemented a mentoring program that was grounded in evidence-based therapeutic practices. This appears to be a very promising approach to group mentoring. University of Chicago Crime Lab. (2012). BAM – sports edition: Research and policy brief. Chicago, IL:   Crime Lab. (summarized by Laura Yovienne)   The low rates of graduation (~53%) […]

Mentoring in the News: Focus on the relationship in after-school programs

Written by Nancy Deutsch, University of Virginia Curry School of Education When the bell rings at the end of the school day, students run from the classroom to a host of different activities. Some will work with adults to build on the lessons they learned in the classroom. Others will join a sports team, orchestra […]

A conversation with Jefferson Singer: The Posse Scholar campus mentoring program

By Justin Preston This week we sat down with Jefferson Singer, Faulk Foundation Professor of Psychology and Dean of the College at Connecticut College. Dean Singer has been serving as a faculty mentor and now director of the Connecticut College chapter of the Posse Scholar program for several years. Since 1989, the nationwide Posse Foundation […]

Group Mentoring Model Shows “Promise and Potential” – National Mentoring Resource Center Review

Group Review Board Gabriel Kuperminc, Ph.D. (Georgia State University) National Mentoring Resource Center This review examines the research evidence for mentoring programs that use a group format, in which one or more mentors is matched with a group of youth for a shared mentoring experience. This review addresses four topics related to group mentoring for […]

Combining mentoring with structured group activities: A potential after-school context for fostering relationships between girls and mentors

The Journal of Early Adolescence 2012 Deutsch summarized by UMass Boston clinical psychology student Laura Yoviene Problem: Most after-school programs are activity-oriented and aim to serve a specific purpose (i.e., sports, gang prevention), whereas mentoring programs offer a more relationally based intervention and have been linked to a myriad of positive youth outcomes. Accordingly,  with […]

The Benefits of “Mentor Families” in Youth Mentoring Programs

 Weiler, L.M., Zimmerman, T.S., Haddock, S., & Krafchick, J. (2014). Understanding the              experience of mentor families in therapeutic youth mentoring. Journal of Community Psychology, 42 (1),  80-98.    Introduction: A strong emotional connection and subsequent close relationship between a mentor and a mentee is a major factor in distinguishing […]

Now available online: Group Mentoring: Bridging Research and Effective Practice

Group Mentoring: Bridging Research and Effective Practice NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE Group mentoring is an increasingly popular strategy for providing positive relationships and activities to youth in need. In fact, over 20% of youth mentoring programs offer some form of group mentoring, while a survey of American volunteers finds that over half say they work with […]

10/17 webinar on group mentoring

Group Mentoring: Bridging Research and Effective Practice Thursday, October 17, 2013 10:00-11:15 AM Pacific/ 11:00-12:15 PM Mountain/ 12:00-1:15 PM Central/1:00-2:15 PM Eastern Group mentoring is an increasingly popular strategy for providing positive relationships and activities to youth in need. In fact, over 20% of youth mentoring programs offer some form of group mentoring, while a […]

Lunch buddy mentoring program: A successful approach to working with aggressive children

Cavell, T. A., & Henrie, J. L. (2010). Deconstructing serendipity: Focus, purpose, and authorship in lunch buddy mentoring. New Directions for Youth Development, 2010(126), 107-121.  Background Aggressive children are at risk for problems such as delinquency, school failure, and substance abuse. In this study Cavell and Henrie (2010) evaluated a school-based prevention program for highly aggressive school-age children. […]