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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Meltzer, A., Muir, K., & Craig, L. (2016). Being trusted: The perspectives of trusted adults about engaging with young people. Children and Youth Services Review, 63, 58-66. Summarized by Rachel Rubin Introduction: As young people move away from home, they often form relationships with trusted adults to help guide them in their newly independent lives. […]
Illustration by Greg Clarke Editor’s Note: This article, which appeared in the October 2015 issue of The Rotarian, provides a nice overview of the issues that Harvard Professor raised in his 2015 book, Our Kids. It describes social capital and how mentors can help redress the growing wealth gap in the U.S. We Americans like to think of ourselves […]
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- 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.
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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.