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Seven key issues in professionalizing mentoring programs

Stoeger, H., Balestrini, D.P., & Ziegler, A. (2021). Key issues in professionalizing mentoring practices. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1483, 5–18. https://doi.org/10.1111/nyas.14537 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Although mentoring has become increasingly common over the years, the popularity of it is starting to decrease.  This paper describes 7 issues concerning the […]

‘I Know I’m Not Alone’: The Importance of Mentors Right Now

Most mentoring programs have moved online, but some wait lists are long and the rare person-to-person connection is sorely missed. By Alix Strauss, New York Times Although mentoring programs are known for effectively promoting youth development and well-being, the pandemic has made it hard for many programs to keep up with the increasing demand for […]

The benefits of group mentoring for adolescent girls: results from the Young Women Leaders Program

Deutsch, N. L., Reitz-Krueger, C. L., Henneberger, A. K., Futch Ehrlich, V. A., & Lawrence, E. (2017). “It Gave Me Ways to Solve Problems and Ways to Talk to People”: Outcomes From a Combined Group and One-on-One Mentoring Program for Early Adolescent Girls. Journal of Adolescent Research, 32(3), 291–322. https://doi.org/10.1177/0743558416630813 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes […]

Ways mentor training and program support can predict premature mentorship terminations

McQuillin, S. D., & Lyons, M. D. (2021). A National Study of Mentoring Program Characteristics and Premature Match Closure: The Role of Program Training and Ongoing Support. Prevention Science. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11121-020-01200-9 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although mentoring is a common and effective way to advocate for positive youth development, mentorships that end prematurely can be […]

[Webinar] New Campaign Sneak Preview: #MentoringAmplifies

Date: Thu, Dec 17, 2020 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST MENTOR is having a special webinar tomorrow to announce a new public awareness campaign, in honor of National Mentoring Month.  This specific webinar will cover various aspects of MENTOR’s upcoming campaign, share digital assets & messaging for mentoring programs to utilize, and talk about […]

What Works In Mentoring? New UVA Scale Can Shed Light

By Stell Simonton, Youth Today What makes mentoring programs effective? And what makes some programs more effective than others? These questions have existed for years in youth development research. “We knew there was good empirical evidence for mentoring, but we didn’t know why. We just knew it showed benefits,” said Patrick H. Tolan, the Charles […]

Research highlights approaches that will be most successful for program leaders looking to build trust with youth

Griffith, A. N., Johnson, H. E. (2018). Building trust: Reflections of adults working with high-school-age youth in project-based programs. Children and Youth Services Review. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2018.11.056 Summarized by Karina DeAndrade Notes of Interest: This study aimed to assess how leaders in quality youth programs worked to build trust with high school aged youth. This work was […]

Mentoring for families impacted by cancer

By Amanda Long Cancer changes everything for patients and their families. Nick Arquette learned this at age 11 when his mother, Sally, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her diagnosis and treatment journey brought on many emotions for Nick, including anxiety, embarrassment, isolation, and pain. Nick eventually lost his mother to the disease at age 16. […]

Mental health and mentoring relationships of aboriginal Canadian youths

DeWit, D., Wells, J., Elton-Marshall, S., & George, T. (2017). Mentoring relationships and the mental health of aboriginal youth in Canada. The Journal of Primary Prevention, 38(1), 49-66. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Despite some evidence suggesting formal youth mentoring programs can be effective, the effectiveness of such program is unknown for aboriginal […]

New study on the role of mentoring relationships and access to social capital

Shier, M. L., Gouthro, S., & de Goias, R. (2018). The pursuit of social capital among adolescent high school aged girls: The role of formal mentor-mentee relationships. Children and Youth Services Review, 93, 276-282 Summarized by Cyanea Poon & Rachel Thompson Notes of Interest: This study focus on how social capital contributes to the occupational attainment goals […]