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New systemic review assesses natural mentorships for LGBTQ youth

Burningham, K. L., & Weiler, L. M. (2021). Natural mentoring and LGBTQ youth: A systematic review. Adolescent Research Review, 6(4), 391–407.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s40894-020-00146-x Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Supportive familial and non-familial relationships have many benefits for adolescents. Despite this, many formal mentoring programs do not adequately address LGBTQ needs – this is especially concerning […]

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 […]

LGBTQ Students in College: Fostering Inclusion, Acceptance, and Safety

By Marshall Forstein, M.D. and Gene Beresin, Executive Director, Reprinted from The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds This post is one of a four-part series on college student mental health. The other posts in this series are:  College Students of Color: Overcoming Racial Disparities and Discrimination International College Students: Challenges and Solutions The Challenges […]

LGBTQ+ Youth Need Your Support

By Lamont Bryant, Reprinted from Youth NEX Highlights: June is Pride month, and as we celebrate our LGBTQ+IA2+ communities, we should also recognize that this current moment is a turning point from a policy perspective. We need to support LGBTQ+ youth socially and recognize the intersection of youths’ race, sexuality, and gender identity. In this […]

Children’s Bureau Advises Agencies to Provide Supportive Care for LGBTQ Youth

Reprinted from the Annie E. Casey Foundation The U.S. Children’s Bureau affirmed its sup­port for LGBTQ and gen­der non­con­form­ing chil­dren and youth, espe­cial­ly those in fos­ter care, in a March 2022 infor­ma­tion mem­o­ran­dum to the nation’s child wel­fare agencies. The Children’s Bureau advis­es state, trib­al and ter­ri­to­r­i­al agen­cies receiv­ing fed­er­al funds to ensure that their […]

The Rights of LGBTQ+ Youth and their Families Must Be Protected

Reprinted from MENTOR MENTOR Opposes Discriminatory Legislation and Censorship Attempts Across the Country March 4, 2022 – As an organization committed to expanding and supporting positive relationships and identity formation for our nation’s young people, MENTOR takes a stand against the recent discriminatory legislation that ostracizes and discriminates against LGBTQ+ youth. These policies are a shocking […]

5 Best Practices: How To Be a Good Ally & Mentor

By Faith Winship (GLYS WNY), Reprinted from MENTOR New York At GLYS, an organization committed to creating safe spaces for LGBTQ+ youth and spreading education to all, I am the only ally on staff. Growing up in a very conservative town, I knew very few people who were members of the LGBTQ+ Community. When I […]

Sexual and Gender Diverse (SGD) Youth Mentoring Guide

Reprinted from the Alberta Mentoring Partnership There is a growing awareness that Sexual and Gender Diverse In-person mentoring relationships can serve an important role for SGD youth, as they would be well-positioned to offer ongoing support to the needs of youth, as they navigate through phases of exploring, accepting, and sharing their identity with others. […]

What are the benefits of natural mentoring for African American sexual and gender minority adolescents?

Kaufman, M. R., Lin, C., Levine, D., Salcido, M., Casella, A., Simon, J., & DuBois, D. L. (2021). The formation and benefits of natural mentoring for African American sexual and gender minority adolescents: A qualitative study. Journal of Adolescent Research, https://doi.org/10.1177/07435584211064284 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Naturally occurring mentoring relationships are a promising approach […]

[Webinar] Mentoring LGBTQ+ Youth: Implementing the LGBTQ+ Supplement

Date: Oct 21, 2021 01:00 PM EST Last year, MENTOR collaborated with Dr. Christian Rummell to develop and carry out a pilot program that guided a small cohort of youth mentoring programs with training and technical assistance. Join MENTOR in the next collaborative mentoring webinar to learn about their experience with the pilot program and how mentoring […]