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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 […]

Making the college transition: New study explores mentoring among foster youth

Gowdy, G., & Hogan, S. (2020). Informal mentoring among foster youth entering higher education. Children and Youth Services Review, 105716.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.105716 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: This study explores what kinds of informal mentors foster youth preparing to enter a four-year university have access to, as well as how this affects the support foster children […]

New study explores how informal mentors’ motivations affect outcomes

Liu, Y., Aad, A. A., Maalouf, J., & Hamdan, O. A. (2020). Self- vs. other-focused mentoring motives in informal mentoring: Conceptualizing the impact of motives on mentoring behaviours and beneficial mentoring outcomes. Human Resource Development International, 0(0), 1–25. https://doi.org/10.1080/13678868.2020.1789401 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Mentoring motives affect positive mentoring outcomes, especially within informal mentoring relationships […]

New study shows how youth mentoring programs benefit communities

Meltzer, A., & Saunders, I. (2020). Cultivating supportive communities for young people – Mentor pathways into and following a youth mentoring program. Children and Youth Services Review, 110, 104815. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.104815 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although many formal youth mentoring programs are helping young people access trusted adult mentoring figures, there is still a lack […]

Parents’ and caretakers’ perceptions of informal youth mentorships

Weiler, L. M., Keyzers, A., Scafe, M., Anderson, A., & Cavell, T. A. (2020). “My village fell apart”: Parents’ Views on Seeking Informal Mentoring Relationships for Their Children. Family Relations, n/a(n/a). https://doi.org/10.1111/fare.12436 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although evidence has proven the benefits of having non-parental figures involved in children’s lives, many youths […]

Which young people have access to informal mentoring?

Gowdy, G., Miller, D. P., & Spencer, R. (2020). Expanding and deepening our understanding of  which young people are most likely to have an informal mentor. Children and Youth Services Review, 108, 104490. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.104490 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Approximately 50% of young people do not have an informal mentor There’s a lack of […]