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LGBTQ+ College Student Guide

By Intelligent.com Higher Education Team, Reprinted from Intelligent LGBTQ students have a significant presence on college campuses. In 2018, an Association of American Universities survey of over 180,000 university students found that 16.9% of students identify as non-heterosexual. While many colleges try to make their campuses welcoming to LGBTQ students, their success rate varies. If […]

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 […]