New study explores volunteers’ motivations for mentoring youth

Miranda-Díaz, M., Clark-Shim, H., Keller, T. E., & Spencer, R. (2020). Determinants of Motivation for Mentoring Among Adults Volunteering to Mentor Youth. Journal of Youth Development, 15(4), 174–189. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  A majority of mentoring programs depend on volunteers to mentor youth. This study aims to identify some key factors that […]

What motivates volunteer mentors?

Shier, M. L., Larsen-Halikowski, J., & Gouthro, S. (2020). Characteristics of volunteer motivation to mentor youth. Children and Youth Services Review, 111, 104885. Summarized by Kirsten Christensen Notes of Interest: Although mentor volunteers are critical in promoting positive youth outcomes, programs often struggle to recruit and retain skilled mentors. This qualitative study examined 22 […]

What inspires someone to be a mentor?

Lewis, R. S., Edwards, C., Lee, W. C., Knight, D., Maxey, K., Leeker, J. R., Cardella, M. E., Hynes, M. M. (2018). Examining the Value of Mentoring in Youth Engineering Programs: What Motivates a Mentor to Mentor? IEEE. DOI: 10.1109/FIE.2018.8658860 Summarized by Karina DeAndrade Notes of Interest: In this study, authors sought to understand what […]

What fuels mentor commitment?

Gettings, P.E., & Wilson, S.R.. (2014). Examining commitment and relational maintenance in formal youth mentoring relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 1-27. Introduction: This study utilizes a social exchange perspective in order to investigate mentors’ commitment and their specific relational maintenance behaviors in the context of formal youth mentoring relationships. Specifically, the study pulls […]

Volunteering can reduce mortality in older adults, but motivation matters

 The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, Volume 54B Issue 3, Pp. S173-S18. Marc A. Musick, A. Regula Herzog and James S. House, Institute for Social Research, The University of Michigan Ann Arbor Abstract Objectives. Although a number of authors have proposed that older volunteers should benefit in terms of better health and well-being, few researchers have examined the issue […]