[Webinar] Maximizing Youth Voice in Mentoring: A Youth-Led Discussion

  Date: Thursday, Jan. 21, 2020, 1 PM – 2:15 PM EST This month’s MENTOR webinar will open up space for mentees to share their own experiences, insights, and advice. The goal of this event is to help mentors and mentoring professionals to better understand mentee needs, as well as to learn how to build […]

New study advances our understanding of mentor relationship development

Drew, A. L., & Spencer, R. (2021). Mentors’ approach to relationship-building and the supports they provide to youth: A qualitative investigation of community-based mentoring relationships. Children and Youth Services Review, 121, 105846. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Given how important mentoring relationships are in promoting positive youth development, it’s important to understand how […]

It’s time to amplify mentoring: MENTOR launches new public awareness campaign

By MENTOR MENTOR, in partnership with American Student Assistance (ASA), launched a new public awareness campaign: Mentoring Amplifies! The campaign seeks to promote a positive narrative around mentoring, address the common barriers to becoming a mentor, and to emphasize the importance of relationships, particularly in this moment when loneliness is on the rise. The graphics, […]

New study explores how informal mentors’ motivations affect outcomes

Liu, Y., Aad, A. A., Maalouf, J., & Hamdan, O. A. (2020). Self- vs. other-focused mentoring motives in informal mentoring: Conceptualizing the impact of motives on mentoring behaviours and beneficial mentoring outcomes. Human Resource Development International, 0(0), 1–25. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Mentoring motives affect positive mentoring outcomes, especially within informal mentoring relationships […]

New study examines how relationship quality affects academic & behavioral outcomes

Jablon, E. M., & Lyons, M. D. (2020). Dyadic report of relationship quality in school-based mentoring: Effects on academic and behavioral outcomes. Journal of Community Psychology, n/a(n/a), 1-14. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  The strength and quality of mentoring relationships can have positive effects on student-related outcomes There is a limited amount of […]

New study proposes a model of attunement for mentoring relationships

Gilkerson, L., & Pryce, J. (2020). The mentoring FAN: A conceptual model of attunement for youth development settings. Journal of Social Work Practice, 0(0), 1–16. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although youth mentoring has increased in popularity over the years, many mentoring relationships are still ending prematurely.  Because there’s a limited amount of […]

[Webinar] The Importance of Being Present: Webinar on the importance of relationships in youth mentoring

Date: Dec. 8, 2020, 3:30 pm – 5 pm CET  Ever wondered how youth mentoring can be improved to better serve young people?  In this upcoming webinar, Dr. Bernadine Brady and Prof. Pat Dolan will discuss how we can change our perceptions of mentoring relationships by applying various theoretical perspectives and research findings from their […]

The Michelle Obama Podcast Episodes on Mentoring

The Michelle Obama Podcast features a two-part episode that discusses the importance of mentoring relationships. In part one of her discussion about mentorship, “Working Women: Valerie Jarrett and the Importance of Mentorship”, Obama reflects on personal growth in the workplace with her former boss and friend, Valerie Jarrett.  In the second half of the episode, […]

Time to listen in and observe to foster better mentor-mentee relationships

Lucas-Thompson, R. G., Weiler, L. M., Haddock, S. A., Henry, K. L., Zimmerman, T. S.,  Krafchick, J., & Prabhu, N. (2020). “Listening In”: Improving the Science and Practice of Mentoring Through Naturalistic Observations of Mentor–Mentee Relationships. Journal of Child and Family Studies. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Although many studies and papers have repeatedly […]

New study explores mentoring adolescent girls in the context of maternal relationship difficulties

Williamson, S., Deutsch, N. L., & Lawrence, E. C. (2020). A qualitative exploration of mentoring relationship development for girls experiencing maternal relationship difficulties. Children and Youth Services Review, 119, 105577. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Developing close relationships with mentees can be challenging, especially for adolescent mentees who are referred to mentoring programs.  Findings of […]