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Today’s Youth Have Spoken–It’s Time for A Different Approach

By Torie Weiston-Serdan, Ph.D., National Mentoring Resource Center A key part of my role at the National Mentoring Resource Center is to represent a different way of thinking. With the Youth Mentoring Action Network, my work involves critical mentoring at the intersection of othered identities. As an active Research Board member at the NMRC, it’s […]

Perceived benefits of youth mentoring based on relationship characteristics

DuBois, D. L., & Neville, H. A. (1997). Youth mentoring: Investigation of relationship characteristics and perceived benefits. Journal of Community Psychology, 25(3), 227–234. https://doi.org/10.1002/(SICI)1520-6629(199705)25:3<227::AID-JCOP1>3.0.CO;2-T Summarized by Maggie Bayly Notes of Interest: Current work on youth mentoring focus on developing mentoring programs, providing descriptions of current methods & programs, assessing mentor traits, and, occasionally, evaluating the […]

Creating safe spaces for youth boys of color through mentoring relationships

Sánchez, B., Pinkston, K. D., Cooper, A. C., Luna, C., & Wyatt, S. T. (2018). One falls, we all fall: How boys of color develop close peer mentoring relationships. Applied Developmental Science, 22(1), 14–28. https://doi.org/10.1080/10888691.2016.1208092 Summarized by Maggie Bayly Notes of Interest Mentoring relationship quality – more specifically, relationship closeness – is linked to positive […]

Supporting autonomy in youth mentoring relationships: A Q&A with Amanda Davis & Dr. Samuel McQuillin

Amanda is a fourth-year doctoral student in the School Psychology program at the University of South Carolina’s Department of Psychology. She received her B.A. from Wake Forest University in 2019 with honors in psychology and her M.A. from the University of South Carolina in 2021. Amanda’s research focuses on studying how young people benefit from […]

Mentor and mentee perceptions about mentor qualities in last-resort programs

Keijzer, R., van der Rijst, R., van Schooten, E., & Admiraal, W. (2021). Towards emotional responsive mentoring of at-risk students in last-resort programs. Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training, 13(1), 22.  https://doi.org/10.1186/s40461-021-00129-9 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Mentoring has the potential to help at-risk students in last-resort programs to stay on track for graduation […]

Each One Teach One: Search Institute report suggests strategies for improving mentoring practice

By Search Institute Mentoring relationships between adults and young people can be life-changing. For as long as humans have existed, older individuals have taught and guided younger ones in academics, science, trades, and the arts. What does it mean to be a mentor? How can adults do a better job of forming relationships with young […]

How Mentors Support Young Adults as They Gain Awareness of Societal Inequality and Engage in Social Action

Authors: Lidia Y. Monjaras-Gaytan & Bernadette Sánchez Young people have been at the forefront of many sociopolitical issues — whether they are protesting, getting involved with community organizing, sharing their views on social issues on social media, or simply challenging their friends’ racist opinions. They are demonstrating that at a young age, they are becoming […]

Progress Not Perfection: A Pathway to HOPE

By Jamal Stroud, M.A. (Camp HOPE America, Mentor and Outreach Manager), National Mentoring Resource Center During National Mentoring Month, we honored mentors, teachers, coaches, family members, community leaders, and countless other individuals who have unselfishly given their time, love, and hope in the name of helping young people reach their full potential. We all benefit […]

Mentors Play a Role in Protecting Youth from Human Trafficking

By U.S Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign, National Mentoring Resource Center Young people are especially vulnerable to crimes of exploitation and human trafficking. In fact, according to the most recent data from the National Human Trafficking Hotline, more than 23% of human trafficking cases involve victims who are minors. Mentors work with young people […]

How to Give Back to Your Mentor

By Joshua Bowen and Chaveso Cook, Harvard Business Review During a recent phone call, a long-distance mentee asked one of us a familiar question: “Josh, how do I make our relationship more reciprocal? I feel like you’ve helped so much with my career, but I have nothing to offer in return.” We’ve found, among our […]