What are program staff’s perspectives on youth-initiated mentoring for systems-involved youth? New study has answers

Spencer, R., Drew, A. L., & Horn, J. P. (2021). Program staff perspectives on implementing youth-initiated mentoring with systems-involved youth. Journal of Community Psychology. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Youth-initiated mentoring (YIM) programs not only provide mentees with more autonomy in the mentoring selection process but also amends some of the major […]

The importance of providing staff support contacts for volunteer mentors

Keller, T.E., Drew, A.L., Clark-Shim, H., Spencer, R., & Herrera, C. (2020). It’s About Time: Staff Support Contacts and Mentor Volunteer Experiences. Journal of Youth Development, 15(4), 145-161. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although many formal mentoring programs are structured in a way so program staff supervises and provides support to volunteer mentors, who in […]

Mentoring and social media: New research guides policy and practice

summarized by Evan Cutler, Asst. Director, Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring Schwartz, S. E. O., Rhodes, J. E., Liang, B., Sánchez, B., Spencer, R., Kremer, S., & Kanchewa, S. (2014). Mentoring in the digital age: Social media use in adult-youth relationships. Children and Youth Services Review, 47, 205-213.   Introduction Digital communication (e.g. texting, emailing, Facebook, etc.) […]