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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 […]

DOJ Updates: 2019 Fiscal Year Performance Budget

The DOJ 2019 Fiscal Year Performance Budget is released. While there is an overall 2.1% increase in DOJ funding, there is a 11.9% cut to NIJ’s budget. This demonstrated a redistribution of funding, moving away from research to more direct service programs, including areas such as opioid addiction recovery and school violence prevention. According to […]

New study on program staff’s perspectives on mentoring relationship quality

Dutton, H., Deane, K. L., & Bullen, P. (2018). Distal and experiential perspectives of relationship quality from mentors, mentees, and program staff in a school-based youth mentoring program. Children and Youth Services Review, 85, 53-62. doi:10.1016 /j.childyouth.2017.12.008 Summarized by Rachel Thompson Notes of Interest: This article suggested that on top of mentors and mentees, program staff can […]

Two new studies highlight the need for more targeted mentoring

by Jean Rhodes Doctoral student, Alejandro Vázquez, and his faculty mentor, Professor Miguel Villodas had a hunch. They suspected that caregivers were seeking out volunteer mentoring programs as an alternative to traditional mental health services. Villodas, a clinical psychologist, had served as a mentor to several youth, and Vasquez, a doctoral student, was studying patterns […]

New research shows mentor-youth similarities to have impact on mentoring match duration

Raposa, E. B., Ben‐Eliyahu, A., Olsho, L. E., & Rhodes, J. (2018). Birds of a feather: Is matching based on shared interests and characteristics associated with longer youth mentoring relationships?. Journal of Community Psychology. doi:10.1002/jcop.22127 Summarized by Cyanea Poon & Rachel Thompson Notes of Interest: The current study sought to expand on findings from previous studies, exploring […]

NMRC reviewed the effectiveness of mentoring programs

Reposting from National Mentoring Resource Center One of the main activities of the National Mentoring Resource Center Research Board is to review the research about rigorously evaluated mentoring programs to rate their currently demonstrated level of effectiveness. Program reviews are conducted using the standards and protocols of CrimeSolutions.gov, a resource developed by the Office of Justice Programs. Following a systematic review of […]