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A potential alternative mentoring intervention for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Karoff, M., Tucker, A. R., Alvarez, T., & Kovacs, P. (2017). Infusing a peer-to-peer support program with Adventure Therapy for adolescent students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Experiential Education, 40, 394-408. doi:10.1177/1053825917727551 Summarized by Renée Klein Schaarsberg Notes of Interest: This article provides preliminary support for a way to increase social competence and decreasing […]

Mentoring and the New Science of “Wise Interventions”

  In his influential paper, The New Science of Wise Intervention, Stanford psychologist Gregory Walton argued for the importance of first developing psychologically precise theories of change that target the processes (e.g., maladaptive thoughts, behaviors, feelings, environments) that impede thriving and then developing interventions that efficiently target and alter these processes. Changes in these processes […]

Evidence is only as good as what you do with it

By Mark Lipsey, William T. Grant Foundation We are living in a time of unprecedented systematic research on the effectiveness of interventions that are intended to produce better outcomes. This level of effort is producing a substantial volume of intervention research, but a critical question is what to do with these studies? The federal government […]

Improving implementation research

By Barbara Goodson, William T. Grant Foundation Over the past two decades, the education research and policy landscape has been shaped by the concept of using evidence to make policies or adopt practices. And not just any type of evidence, but high-quality evidence generated by “scientifically valid research.” The methods for assessing intervention effectiveness are […]

Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents: State of the Research

Written by Matthew Hagler Since 1970, the incarceration rate in the U.S. has quadrupled, resulting in more than 1 in every 100 U.S. adults being in jail or prison, the highest per capita rate in the world. Strikingly, the majority of adult prisoners are parents of minors, and these children are said to the be […]

How a positive youth development framework can inform mentoring interventions for young adults

By Kristin Anderson Moore, Senior Scholar, Child Trends Healthy People 2020 identifies positive youth development (PYD) as a major new approach for interventions, describing it as “the intentional process of providing all youth with the support, relationships, experiences, resources, and opportunities needed to become successful and competent adults.” A growing number of evaluations suggest that PYD […]

Promising pilot test of the Healthy “Little” Lives Big Sisters Mentors Project

MICHELLE R. KAUFMAN, PhD Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA Kaufman, Michelle R.(2010) ‘Testing of the Healthy “Little” Lives Project: A Training Program for Big Sister Mentors’, American Journal of Sexuality Education, 5: 4, 305 — 327 American Journal of Sexuality Education Abstract:  Big Brothers/Big Sisters (BBBS) is a national program aimed at providing mentors for […]

New study explores how personalities affect mentoring relationships

By Limor Goldner Goldner, L. (2015). Prote ge´s’ Personality Traits, Expectations, the Quality of the Mentoring Relationship and Adjustment: A Big Five Analysis, Child Youth Care Forum. Online 26 May. Abstract Background   Community-based mentoring interventions can benefit high-risk youth.  However, meta-analyses suggest that these benefits may be conditioned by protégés’ personality. Objectives   Associations between protégés’ […]

Adult-youth relationships: The critical ingredient across interventions

summarized by Laura Yoviene Li, J., & Julian, M. (2012). Developing relationships as the active ingredient: A unifying working hypothesis of “what works” across intervention settings.American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 82 (2), 157-166. Background: Much research and vast resources  focus on pinpointing the critical component or active ingredient that is responsible for producing the outcomes of […]

POLL: Does your program have a fully-developed theory of change?

Recently I’ve been thinking about a “disconnect” that I often see in the mentoring field: the difference between what programs say they can achieve through mentoring and what they actually do in practice. Now, most mentoring programs can obviously give a reasonable description of the goals of their program and some explanation of what mentors […]