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What’s the current state of formal and informal mentoring for sexual and gender minority youth?

Edwards, K. M., Scheer, J. R., & Mauer, V. A. (2022). Informal and formal mentoring of sexual and gender minority youth: A systematic review. School Social Work Journal, 47(1), 37–71. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Mentorships are known for promoting positive youth and have the potential to alleviate minority stressors. There’s a lack […]

How Schools Can Teach Students to Network (Even When Students Don’t Think They Have One)

By Sarah D. Sparks, Education Week Many schools have used federal funding to hire or assign staff or volunteers to build one-on-one relationships with students. But as leaders grapple with staff shortages and overwhelmed teachers, it may be more effective and sustainable to help students learn to find and develop support networks on their own. […]

How do contextual factors affect the accessibility to informal mentoring for underrepresented youths?

Gowdy, G., Palmer, M. T., Saastamoinen, M., & Rivera, M. (2022). Using a social work perspective to understand contextual factors impacting access to informal mentorship for under-resourced and minoritized youth. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10560-022-00838-4 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Informal, non-parental youth mentoring relationships promote a variety of positive youth […]

[Webinar] 2022 European mentoring summit

Date: May 18, 2022 14:00 – May 20, 2022 17:00 Ever wondered how we can challenge our understanding of mentoring and we can connect formal and informal mentoring in a holistic manner? Join the 2022 European Mentoring Summit to learn from 40+ presenters in the field of mentoring. To learn more about the event, please […]

How informal mentors, relationship quality, & perceived barriers affect adolescents; decisions to disclose about dating violence?

Mapes, Ayla. R., & Cavell, T. A. (2021). Perceived barriers, relationship quality, and informal mentors: Adolescents’ preference for disclosing about dating violence. Journal of Community Psychology, 49(7), 2719–2737. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.22666 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Victims of adolescent dating violence (ADV) are at risk of experiencing a variety of negative outcomes that can worsen if they […]

The Limits of Mentorship

By Patrick T. Brown, the Ethics and Public Policy Center Originally published in the Winter 2022 issue of National Affairs. As America suburbanized in the decades following World War II, neighborhoods — the places where family and civic life is lived on a day-to-day basis — gradually became more socio-economically stratified. Between 1980 and 2010, the percentage of low-income […]

[Webinar] Linking formal and informal mentoring in a holistic approach: European Mentoring Summit 2022

Date: May 18 – 20, 2022 ‘Linking formal and informal mentoring in a holistic approach is the main theme for the fourth European Mentoring Summit. Join this event to learn a) which conditions promote effective mentoring, b) what approaches are recommended in the field, and c) which methods, tools, organizational models, and activities European programs […]

Helping Those Who Need It the Least: Can Informal Mentoring Promotes Economic Upward Mobility?

Gowdy, G., Miller, D. P., & Spencer, R. (2021). Helping Those Who Need It the Least: A Counterfactual and Comparative Analysis of Whether Informal Mentoring Promotes Economic Upward Mobility for Low- and Middle-Income Youth. Youth & Society, 53(7), 1152–1180. https://doi.org/10.1177/0044118X20959241 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Parents’ income is a significant predictor of their offsprings’ income. Many […]

Researchers Examine Benefits of Informal Mentoring for Young People

BUSSW doctoral program graduate Grace Gowdy (SSW’19) and professors Renée Spencer and Daniel P. Miller lead new research on characteristics associated with informal mentorship By Maura King Scully, Boston University School of Social Work “It takes a village to raise a child.” The African proverb, connoting the importance of adult involvement beyond parents for children’s […]

It’s Who You Know That Matters: How capital mentoring relationships can promote economic mobility for marginalized youth

Gowdy, G., & Spencer, R. (2021). It’s Who You Know That Matters: Identifying Which Type of Informal Mentor Is Most Likely to Promote Economic Mobility for Vulnerable Youth. The Journal of Primary Prevention. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10935-021-00630-7 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Evidence has shown that youths who grow up in poverty (especially children of color) have […]