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Mentoring in Trump’s America

Update: We wrote this post 3 years ago, soon after Trump became president. Our focus was on what mentors can do to support youth who are marginalized by our society (e.g., youth of color, LGBTQ youth). Our post is still relevant as an urgent call to mentoring organizations, staff, and volunteer mentors to support Black […]

Research highlights the importance of peer mentoring for youth offenders

Creaney, S. (2020) Children’s Voices—are we Listening? Progressing Peer Mentoring in the Youth Justice System, Child Care in Practice, 26:1, 22-37, DOI:10.1080/13575279.2018.1521381 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although there is evidence that indicates the importance and effectiveness of mentoring, there is still a lack of empirical research on peer mentoring within the Youth Justice System […]

New study shows how youth mentoring programs benefit communities

Meltzer, A., & Saunders, I. (2020). Cultivating supportive communities for young people – Mentor pathways into and following a youth mentoring program. Children and Youth Services Review, 110, 104815. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.104815 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although many formal youth mentoring programs are helping young people access trusted adult mentoring figures, there is still a lack […]

The impact child welfare parent mentoring programs have in reducing racial disparities

Soffer-Elnekave, R., Haight, W., & Jader, B. (2020). Parent mentoring relationships as a vehicle for reducing racial disparities: Experiences of child welfare-involved parents, mentors and professionals. Children and Youth Services Review, 109, 104682. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.104682 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Many parents experience multiple stressors when they enter into and try to navigate in the child welfare […]

Which young people have access to informal mentoring?

Gowdy, G., Miller, D. P., & Spencer, R. (2020). Expanding and deepening our understanding of  which young people are most likely to have an informal mentor. Children and Youth Services Review, 108, 104490. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.104490 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Approximately 50% of young people do not have an informal mentor There’s a lack of […]

Identifying key features of mentor self-disclosure in the context of youth mentoring

Dutton, H., Deane, K. L., & Bullen, P. (2020). Opening up: An exploration of youth mentor self-disclosure using laboratory-based direct observation. Children and Youth Services Review, 108, 104654. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.104654 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Self-disclosure helps strengthen existing relationships as well as help create new ones Despite the importance of having close mentoring […]

How a program supporting mentoring relationships affects the promotion of children’s developmental, social, behavioral outcomes and mental health

DeWit, D., DuBois, J., Erdem, G., Larose, S., & Lipman, E. (2016). The Role of Program-Supported Mentoring Relationships in Promoting Youth Mental Health, Behavioral and Developmental Outcomes. Prevention Science, 17(5), 646-657. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Analyzed the connection between developmental, behavioral, and emotional outcomes, as well as youth mentoring, based on the data from a […]

How mentoring relationship quality profiles connect to urban, low-income youth’s academic outcomes

Liao, C., & Sánchez, B. (2019). Mentoring Relationship Quality Profiles and Their Association With Urban, Low-Income Youth’s Academic Outcomes. Youth & Society, 51(4), 443-462. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Liao’s & Sánchez’s study sought to: pinpoint mentor quality profiles depending on the traits of the informal mentoring relationships explore how the demographic traits of the […]

What is the impact of social support through mentoring on youth?

Brady, B., Dolan, P., & Canavan, J. (2017). ‘He told me to calm down and all that’: A qualitative study of forms of social support in youth mentoring relationships. Child & Family Social Work,22(1), 266-274. Summarized by Ariel Ervin  Notes of Interest: The increased perception that young people facing adversity have limited access to supportive and […]