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New program combines coding and mentoring to help at-risk youth

Written by Jessica Guynn and Megan Diskin, USA TODAY CAMARILLO and SAN QUENTIN, Calif. — Inside an aging brick facility ringed by a chain-link fence and agricultural fields, 14 young people convicted of violent crimes are trying to program a better future for themselves. For the last two months they’ve been learning to write code through a first-of-its-kind pilot program at the Ventura […]

Leaving So Soon? Researchers Investigate Why Mentoring Matches End Early

Mentoring relationship closures in Big Brothers Big Sisters community mentoring programs: Patterns and associated risk factors. DeWit, D., DuBois, D., Erdem, G., Larose, S., Lipman, E., & Spencer, R. (2016). American Journal of Community Psychology, 0, 1-13. DOI: 10.1002/ajcp.12023. Summarized by Justin Preston   Introduction While previous research has demonstrated the overall positive benefits associated with […]

A conversation with Whitney Mastin: YIM at the programmatic level

Youth Initiated Mentoring, part 2: Promise and challenges in implementing YIM at the programmatic level By Justin Preston Welcome to the second of the Chronicle’s two-part series on Youth Initiated Mentoring (YIM). In part one, we spoke with Professor Sarah Schwartz, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Suffolk University, about the Connected Scholars program. The Connected […]

For Teachers (and mentors) to Succeed, More Effort Is Needed to Help Those Learning English

Carola Suárez-Orozco, a professor of education at the University of California at Los Angeles, is co-author of “Children of Immigration,” and co-editor of “Transitions: The Development of Children of Immigrant.” From the New York Times English learners are 9.3 percent of all K-12 students in the United States. And in states with substantial immigrant populations […]

What Predicts Volunteers’ Commitment to Mentoring Relationships? You guessed it…

Madia, B.P., & Lutz, C.J. (2004). Perceived similarity, expectation-reality discrepancies, and mentors’ expressed intention to remain in Big Brothers/Big Sisters programs. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 34 (3), 598-623. Mentor initiated premature terminations compromise mentoring programs’ goal of fostering quality relationships between youth and nonparental adults. Moreover, for youth from potentially vulnerable backgrounds, the premature […]

Profiles in mentoring: Professor Sarah Schwartz

Six Questions with Sarah Schwartz: Youth-Initiated Mentoring and the Connected Scholars Program By Justin Preston   Mentoring programs across the country are often faced with two interconnected, stubborn issues: The shortage of available mentors for young people hoping to be matched with an adult and the high rates of mentor drop out. The former issue […]

Looking for evaluation ideas? NMRC has developed a Measurement Toolkit for mentoring programs

Written by Justin Preston Evaluation: It has its own section in the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring (EEPM). Funding organizations often require their recipients conduct rigorous evaluations to measure the impacts of their programming. It is a crtical aspect of many mentoring programs that can help to guide practice and institute a measure of accountability […]

New research describes the critical nature of informal mentoring for Black graduate students

Notes of Interest: This article highlights the importance of informal mentoring for graduate students, to provide psychosocial support in addition to career preparation. In particular, the experiences of Black graduate students are discussed, given recent and seemingly ongoing national race-related events. Informal mentoring can be used as a way to foster a more inclusive training […]

Lindsey Weiler on the need for trying new methods to reach youth in foster care

Written by Lindsey Weiler, Ph.D., originally posted in Youth Today If you work with youth in foster care, you know that every child is unique with specific needs, strengths and opportunities. It shouldn’t be surprising, therefore, that the impact of mentoring for youth in foster care varies greatly. Most people would agree that a relationship […]

Mentoring outside city limits: New Rural Mentoring Toolkit produced by MANY

There is one universal truth for all youth, anywhere—and that is that any young person can benefit from a mentoring relationship. Whether your community is urban, ex-urban, suburban, or rural, the youth in your schools and neighborhoods could use a strong, positive role model. Likewise, each type of community comes with its own strengths and […]