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How mentor moods can influence relationship quality

Preston, E. G., & Raposa, E. B. (2020). A Two-way Street: Mentor Stress and Depression Influence Relational Satisfaction and Attachment in Youth Mentoring Relationships. American Journal of Community Psychology, 65(3–4), 455–466. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12412 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although youth mentoring programs are becoming popular forms of interventions that contribute to positive youth development, little […]

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 […]

New study highlights the ups and downs of mentoring

Spiekermann, L., Lyons, M., & Lawrence, E. (2020). The Ups and Downs of Mentoring Relationship Formation: What to Expect. Children and Youth Services Review, 188(105413). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.105413 Summarized by Selen Amado Notes of Interest: This study aimed to understand the timing and sequencing of the development of mentoring relationships in a school-based mentoring program to better […]

What are the keys to successful mentoring? Study has some answers

by Jean Rhodes and Elizabeth Raposa In an article in the American Journal of Community Psychology we reported on some interesting findings that have direct implications for mentoring programs. The study was entitled, the Impact of Youth Risk on Mentoring Relationship Quality: Do Mentor Characteristics Matter?- and the short answer is yes! But let’s step back […]

It’s election season: Should mentors talk politics with their mentees?

Linus: “There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.” Do you think it is appropriate for mentors and mentees to discuss politics? With recent conventions and the open tensions of a particularly acrimonious U.S. election, politics are everywhere. How should a mentor approach conversations about politics […]

Study finds that cross-race mentoring is associated with reductions in perceived racism

Liao, L. C. & Sanchez, B. (2015). An exploratory study of the role of mentoring in the acculturation of Latino/a youth. Journal of Community Psychology, 43(7), 868-877. doi: 10.1002/jcop.21717 Summarized by Jessica Cunningham Background: There is very little research focused on children from immigrant families in general, and even less research on how mentoring interventions […]

Youth Awakening: Leveraging Mentoring as Young People Collaborate on Advocacy

By Grace Thwin, Youth Advocate for Mentoring, MENTOR National and PACA Founder As COVID-19 progressed, youth in our country noticeably felt more powerless among the economic and health disparities impacting their communities. On top of that, as xenophobic, anti-black, and other racial and ethnic justice issues rose to light, many young people saw a spark […]

BBBSA Teams Up with America’s Promise Alliance

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America in response to recent events regarding violence against Black Americans, has joined America’s Promise Alliance to unite and call out injustices and the impacts systemic racism and trauma have on young people. The statement is available here – https://www.americaspromise.org/press-release/racial-trauma-and-young-people-why-we-cant-stay-silent

[Webinar] Team transition! Mentoring youth in the transition from foster care to adult life

Date: Thursday, June 18, 2020 1:00 – 2:15 PM Eastern Standard Time Description: The transition to adulthood represents a critical moment in the lives of youth involved in foster care. Support from caring peers and adults can make all the difference between a transition with dire circumstances or one in which a young person can […]

Urge Congress to prioritize young people in the COVID-19 response

A call to action from MENTOR: “Right now, across the country, mentoring programs are adjusting their services to continue to meet the needs of young people during this pandemic while following guidance from health professionals. We know all too well that youth often feel the brunt of national emergencies and we must call upon our […]