New study explores how mentors may threaten or promote healthy autonomous decision making in youth

Davis, A. L., & McQuillin, S. D. (2021). Supporting autonomy in youth mentoring relationships.  Journal of Community Psychology, n/a(n/a). Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although it’s important for mentors to help and guide their mentees, there are positive and negative implications of mentors influencing their mentees’ decision-making.  This study reviews the literature […]

Mentoring in the era of COVID-19: Nine experts in the field weigh in

By Justin Preston and Monica Arkin Featuring Dr. Tim Cavell,  Janet Forbush, Michael Garringer, Dr. Samuel Dale McQuillin , Dr. Òscar Prieto-Flores, Dr. Bernadette Sánchez, Szilvia Simon, Dr. Renée Spencer, & Dr. Lindsey Weiler  Additional experts mentioned in this piece: Dr. Torie Weiston-Serdan, Steve Vassor, Dr. Noelle Hurd, & Dr. Belle Liang The world seems […]

Big Brothers Big Sisters’ CEO Shares How the Nonprofit’s Model Stands the Test of Time

By: Artis Stevens (President & CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America), Salesforce “It takes a village to raise a child.” It’s an age-old African proverb that’s been quoted often and yet the power of this line could not be more relevant than now. A social and economic environment that was already a hardship […]

Research Alert: New Study Explores Program Factors That Influence Early Match Closures

By Mike Garringer (MENTOR National), National Mentoring Resource Center We are happy to announce that some innovative original research developed by the National Mentoring Resource Center has been accepted into the journal Prevention Science and published earlier this year. Research Board members Sam McQuillin (Univ. of South Carolina) and Michael Lyons (Univ. of Virginia) led […]

A brief school-based mentoring program for middle school students with elevated disruptive behavior

McQuillin, S. D., & McDaniel, H. L. (2021). Pilot randomized trial of brief school-based mentoring for middle school students with elevated disruptive behavior. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1483(1), 127–141. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Despite the popularity of school-based mentoring, very little is known about what mentors actually do with […]

Mentoring for Kids: 5 Ways to Be an Effective Mentor

By Lori Ampey, Boys & Girls Clubs of America We often hear from kids and alumni about how Boys & Girls Clubs change their lives. But as a youth mentor for more than 21 years, the truth is the Club saved mine.  Early in my career with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Corridor, […]

What online mentoring format is most effective for engaging girls in STEM? New study has answers!

Stoeger, H., Heilemann, M., Debatin, T., Hopp, M. D. S., Schirner, S., & Ziegler, A. (2021). Nine years of online mentoring for secondary school girls in STEM: An empirical comparison of three mentoring formats. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1483(1), 153–173. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Although online mentoring is a promising […]

[Webinar] National Mentoring Summit 2021: The Future of Mentoring

Date: March, 26, 2021, 8.30am – 5pm (+8 GMT, Singapore Time). The “National Mentoring Summit 2021: The Future of Mentoring” will be hosting speeches and discussions among experts from around the world regarding the impact of mentoring, as well as how mentoring can expand and evolve.   This event will be held online.  To access the […]

The importance of the closure process in formal mentoring relationships

Spencer, R., Keller, T. E., Perry, M., Drew, A. L., Clark‐Shim, H., Horn, J. P., Miranda‐Díaz, M., & McCormack, M. J. (2021). How youth mentoring relationships end and why it matters: A mixed-methods, multi-informant study. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1483(1), 67–79. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Despite how common mentoring terminations […]

Defining mentoring: How the world of mentoring is expanding

Mullen, C. A., & Klimaitis, C. C. (2021). Defining mentoring: A literature review of issues, types, and applications. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1483(1), 19–35. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  With more and more alternative approaches to mentoring appearing in modern times, the definition of mentoring is becoming more complex and […]