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A conversation with Dr. Belle Liang: The intersection of positive female youth development and mentoring

Written by Sam Burton Dr. Belle Liang is an Associate Professor in the Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology Department at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education. Dr. Liang is a member of the Research and Policy Council of MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership and Advisory Board of the National Cadre of Mentoring Researchers. As a national expert […]

More than just shared interests: New study highlights the importance of engaged listening for mentor-mentee connection

Larsson, M., Pettersson, C., Skoog, T., & Eriksson, C. (2016). Enabling relationship formation,development, and closure in a one-year female mentoring program at a non-governmental organization: A mixed methods study. BMC Public Health, 16, 1-14. Doi: 10.1186/s12889-016-2850-2 Summarized by Jessica Cunningham   Background: Mental illness rates among young women aged 16-24 have increased significantly in the […]

Shine a light on it: Talking about class differences with first-gen students helps them succeed

By Clifton B. Parker, Stanford Talking about class differences can help close the collegiate achievement gap between first- and continuing-generation students, according to Stanford research. Research has shown that first-generation college students – those who do not have a parent with a college degree – often lag behind other students in grades and graduation rates. […]

Avoiding the electronic communication trap for teens: An opportunity for mentors

Nesi, J., Widman, L., Choukas-Bradley, S., & Prinstein, M.J. (2016). Technology-based communication and the development of interpersonal competencies within adolescent romantic relationships: A preliminary investigation, Journal of Research on Adolescence Journal of Research on Adolescence. doi:10.1111/jora.12274 Summarized by Benjamin Alford Introduction: With the convenience and growth of technology in the lives of individuals around the […]

A calm port in the storm: Mentors serve as reliable support for youth in the foster care system

Greeson, J.K., Thompson, A.E., Ali, S., & Wenger, R.S. (2015). It’s good to know that you got somebody that’s not going anywhere: Attitudes and beliefs of older youth in foster care about child welfare-based natural mentoring. Children and Youth Services Review, 48, 140-149. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.12.015 Summarized by Benjamin Alford   Introduction: Research shows that older youth […]

What first-gen college students want and how mentors can help provide it

Written by Emily Deruy, The Atlantic As policymakers and educators debate how to help high-schoolers from all backgrounds get to and through college, young people’s ideas about the support they need to succeed are sometimes left out of the discussion. Yet conversations with students who are the first in their families to pursue higher education […]

Two new findings (and a surprise) about working with more challenging mentees

By Jean Rhodes and Elizabeth Raposa In case you missed it, the recent commencement address, delivered by student speaker Donovan Livingston, Ed.M. at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, is a tour de force. The speech is especially powerful when Donovan recognizes the important role of his mentor. “I was in the 7th grade when […]

It’s a two-way street: Four ways mentoring benefits the mentor

Written by Alex Lyman, Huffington Post   Despite being a young professional with a variety of much-needed mentors of my own, I find that becoming a mentor myself has been equally important to my personal and professional growth. I often find myself connecting with high school and college students on a more relatable level, because […]

Teens get them talking: The results of an evaluation of the Teens and Toddlers program

Humphrey, K. & Olivier, A. (2014). Investigating the impact of teenage mentors on pre-school children’s development: A comparison using control groups. Children and Youth Services Review, 44, 20-24. Summarized by Jessica Cunningham     Background: Research has shown that engaging in play is one of the most important skills for toddlers to learn, as most […]

Navigating internet risks: Mentors can help show the way

Written by Matt Swayne The online world is full of risky situations for teens, but allowing them to gradually build their own coping strategies may be a better parental strategy than forbidding internet use, according to a team of researchers. The researchers, who monitored web-based diaries of a group of 68 teen internet users during […]