Janet Murray, The Guardian A new study argues that those volunteering to help young people should always be trained and qualified When Helen fell pregnant at 15, her life was turned upside down. While her friends were out clubbing, she was stuck at home with a baby. She began to feel isolated and depressed. So […]
By Venessa Marks and Julie Novak This blog is part of a three-post series on toxic stress. The first post explains what toxic stress is and why it matters for youth mentoring programs, the second highlights what professional staff need to know about toxic stress, and the third discusses recent programmatic innovations related to toxic […]
By Jean Rhodes In a recent NYTimes Magazine feature, journalist Ben Shpigel describes the network of caring adults, including a foster mother, coaches, guidance counselors, formal mentors, and teachers, who helped NY Jets player, Lorezo Maudlin III, overcome overwhelmingly difficult circumstances. According to Shpigel: “His mother, Akima Lauderdale, an alcoholic with a penchant for selling cocaine, has […]
Phinney, J. S., Campos, T., Cidhinnia, M., Padilla Kallemeyn, D. M., & Kim, C. (2011). Processes and outcomes of a mentoring program for Latino college freshmen. Journal of Social Issues, 67(3), 599-621. Background Latino youth and young adults are the largest and fastest-growing racial/ethnic population in the United States, but Latino students have lower levels of […]
Posted by James Devitt-NYU on May 21, 2014 Kindergartners and first graders from low-income families showed gains in math and reading after taking part in a program that helps them learn to manage emotions. Earlier studies suggest that poverty can affect a child’s readiness to start school, both emotionally and academically. Researchers tested an intervention […]
Gettings, P.E. & Wilson, S.R. (2014). Examining commitment and relational maintenance in formal youth mentoring relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 1-27, DOI: 10.1177/0265407514522145. summarized by Stella Kanchewa, M.A., UMass Boston doctoral student. Background: Previous studies (e.g., Grossman et al. 2012; Grossman & Rhodes, 2002) have established the formation of an enduring relationship […]
Larson, R., & Angus, R. (2011). Adolescents’ development of skills for agency in youth programs: Learning to think strategically. Child Development, 82 (1), 277-294. Problem: An objective of many youth programs often focus on the development of agency skills, referring to “cognitive tools, including insights, precepts, knowledge, and action schemas that youth might employ to […]
Editors Note: From their new book Mentor’s Field Guide, Gail Manza and Susan Patrick present a series of 67 answers to the most common questions that arise in youth mentoring. Question 24. How do I handle it if my mentee doesn’t talk much to me . . . or at all? Not all young people are […]
By David DuBois It is intuitive to many that investments in mentoring are a worthwhile investment. Indeed, we do have robust evidence that youth can and do benefit in important ways from mentoring, such as improved behavior, social relationships, and school performance. Why, then, would I argue that the “jury is out,” which is to […]
Topics of Interest
- MENTOR: The National Mentoring PartnershipNovember 12, 2014 -
MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) is the unifying champion for expanding quality youth mentoring relationships in the United States. For nearly 25 years, MENTOR has served the mentoring field by providing a public voice, developing and delivering resources to mentoring programs nationwide and promoting quality for mentoring through standards, cutting-edge research and state of the art tools.
- Academic Web PagesAugust 6, 2012 -
Academic Web Pages is the leading provider of customized websites for researchers, centers, nonprofits, and universities. AWP designed and has contributed generously to the creation of the Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring.