[Webinar] The Credible Messenger Model: A Transformative Approach to Mentoring

Date: Sep 26, 2023, 01:00 PM EST The credible messenger model is an innovative mentoring approach that encourages mentors to share their experiences with their mentees (particularly ones involved in the juvenile justice system). Join this webinar to learn more about what sets this model apart from conventional mentoring approaches and how practitioners can incorporate […]

What are the benefits of virtually mentoring youth?

Andersen, T. S., & Wellen, H. (2023). Being a mentor in the digital era: An exploratory study of the benefits undergraduate student mentors derived from providing virtual mentoring to youth. Journal of Community Psychology. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Mentoring programs are affordable interventions that can reduce or prevent risky behaviors and promote positive […]

[Webinar] Taking a Trauma-Informed Approach to Mentoring Justice-Involved Youth

Date: May 23, 2023, 01:00 PM EST Many justice-involved youths encounter traumatic experiences and are likely to display survival mode coping approaches. Given how they can be perceived as unmotivated, rebellious, and hesitant to participate in mentorships, they can be a difficult population to engage with. Join this webinar to learn more about supportive and […]

The value of career mentoring programs for justice-involved youths

Varghese, F. P., Bihm, E. M., Gibbons, C., Bull, C., Whitmore, J., Nolan, J., & Tomas Flores, L. (2022). Pilot Study of Career Mentoring Program for Juveniles. Psychological Services. Advance online publication. Summarized by Charlotte Styron and Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Employment plays an important role in preventing recidivism among adults involved with the justice […]

The Pandemic Exacerbated Mental Health Issues among Incarcerated Youth. How Can We Reverse the Trend?

By Arielle Jackson, Reprinted from the Urban Institute Research suggests as many as 70 percent of justice-involved youth have a diagnosable mental health disorder, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, behavior problems, anxiety disorders, and depressive disorders. Entering juvenile carceral facilities can exacerbate existing mental health problems. But the juvenile system rarely addresses, or insufficiently […]

Integrating Positive Youth Development and Racial Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Approaches Across the Child Welfare and Justice Systems

By Hannah Lantos, Tiffany Allen, Fadumo M. Abdi, Felipe Franco, Kristin Anderson Moore, Jasmine Snell, Billie-Ann Bruce, Zakia Redd, Rebecca Robuck, & Jennifer Miller, Reprinted from Child Trends Over the past 30 years, a growing body of research has indicated that Positive Youth Development (PYD) approaches can improve mental and physical health, education, and employment […]

Original Research by NMRC Research Board Highlights Impact of Mentoring on Long-Term Justice System Involvement

By: Mike Garringer, Reprinted from the National Mentoring Resource Center One of the more challenging questions a mentoring program can get asked is “What’s the long-term impact of mentoring?” While most of the stakeholders in our work have an inherent belief in mentoring young people, often borne of their own experiences, occasionally those we bring […]

New study shows promising long-term outcomes for mentoring program for children in foster care

Taussig, H. N., Dmitrieva, J., Garrido, E. F., Cooley, J. L., & Crites, E. (2021). Fostering Healthy Futures Preventive Intervention for Children in Foster Care: Long-term Delinquency Outcomes from a Randomized Controlled Trial. Prevention Science. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although maltreated foster care children have a high risk of being involved in delinquency […]

Developing cultural consciousness of systemic issues through mentoring

Duron, J. F., Williams‐Butler, A., Schmidt, A. T., & Colon, L. (2020). Mentors’ experiences of mentoring justice-involved adolescents: A narrative of developing cultural consciousness through connection. Journal of Community Psychology, 48(7), 2309–2325. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although mentoring is a popular method of engaging with at-risk youth and justice-involved youth, youth mentoring programs still […]

[Webinar] Breaking Through Barriers: Elevating the Voices of Young People

  Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 6:00pm – 7:30pm ET On December 2nd, the American Youth Policy Forum’s (AYPF)  is going to host a webinar that will feature the stories and talents of system-involved youth. Attendees will have an opportunity to watch performances of young artists; enjoy a special guest appearance; and participate in a […]