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Using TRICS model to help build mentor-mentee relationships

Donlan, A. E., McDermott, E. R., Zaff, J. F. (2017). Building relationships between mentors and youth: Development of the TRICS model. Children and Youth Services Review. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.06.044 Summarized by Karina DeAndrade   Notes of Interest: In this qualitative study, researchers used a model called TRICS to understand how relationships are formed between mentors and mentees. […]

New study on youth attitudes towards school mentoring programs

Weiss, S., Harder, J., Bratiotis, C., & Nguyen, E. (2019). Youth Perceptions of a School-Based Mentoring Program. Education and Urban Society, 51(3), 423–437. https://doi.org/10.1177/0013124517722830 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Through their study, Weiss, Bratiotis, and Nguyen (2019) listened to youths’ voices to create the better approaches to fulfill academic needs and to improve […]

New research on how youth-initiated mentoring can possibly redress problems faced by many mentoring programs.

Spencer, R., Gowdy, G., Drew, A. L., & Rhodes, J. E. (2018). “Who Knows Me the Best and Can Encourage Me the Most?”: Matching and Early Relationship Development in Youth-Initiated Mentoring Relationships with System-Involved Youth. Journal of Adolescent Research. doi:10.1177/0743558418755686 Summarized by Rachel Thompson Notes of Interest: This exploratory qualitative study showed that the YIM approach […]

5 features of highly effective mentoring relationships

by Jean Rhodes Mentoring programs can vary widely, but all depend on a caring relationship. How can programs ensure that relationships are sufficiently strong and enduring to accomplish whatever other goals they are hoping to achieve?  Fortunately, decades of research has converged on a core features or “common factors” that appear to be present in […]

Meeting youth where they are: Why social-emotional skills and culturally responsive mentoring is critical for college and career readiness

By Joana Ortiz, mentoring.org I knew something was off when I couldn’t focus in my courses, the weight of my head was too much to bear, and getting out of bed was increasingly difficult as the days passed. I couldn’t articulate this at the time, but I was suffering from depression. During the large part […]

Research highlights the role of mentors for students in higher education

Mangione, L., Borden, K. A., Nadkarni, L., Evarts, K., & Hyde, K. (2018). Mentoring in clinical psychology programs: Broadening and deepening. Training And Education In Professional Psychology, 12(1), 4-13. doi:10.1037/tep0000167 Summarized by Cyanea Poon Notes of Note: Academic mentors shaped the academic experiences of graduate students. This article specifically explored the role of mentors in clinical psychology […]

New research took a closer look at the impact of school-based mentoring programs

Lyons, M. D., & McQuillin, S. D. (2018). Risks and rewards of school-based mentoring relationships: A reanalysis of the student mentoring program evaluation. School Psychology Quarterly, doi:10.1037/spq0000265 Summarized by Cyanea Poon Notes of Note: This study re-examined the impact of school-based mentoring (SBM) programs, with special attention to the association between relationship quality with academic and […]

New study shows lifelong influence of mentors: But there’s a catch

 by Jean E. Rhodes It almost goes without saying that natural mentors can be enormously influential– from early childhood through adolescence and early adulthood (Shonkoff & Phillips, 2000; Lerner & Theocas, 2006; Erickson et al., 2015). But, because such relationships can not be randomly assigned, it is actually a bit difficult to untangle their causes from […]

Ask Not What Your Mentor Can Do for You. . .: The Role of Reciprocal Exchange in Maintaining Student–Teacher Mentorships

Editor’s note: I stumbled across this impressive study and, more generally, the work of rising star, Sherelle Ferguson. Sherelle is a doctoral student in the sociology dept. at the University of Pennsylvania where she has been studying mentoring, social class, and social networks. This study explores the important role that mentees play in maintaining relationships, […]

Smoothing bumps in the road: Research uses attachment theory to improve mentoring practice

Zilberstein, K. & Spencer, R. (2017). Breaking bad: An attachment perspective on youth mentoring relationship closures. Child & Family Social Work, 22(1), 67-76. doi:10.1111/cfs.12197 Summarized by Justin Preston   In a recent republication, the journal Child & Family Social Work highlighted an article with some useful lessons for mentoring programs looking to find ways of […]