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[Webinar] Peer Mentoring: Considerations for your Program

Thu, Oct 24, 2019 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EDT For young mentees and mentors, peer mentoring has been shown to yield large benefits for these two groups, especially when peer mentors are provided ample training and support, and youth are allowed to lead. This webinar will focus on best practices for peer mentoring programs. […]

When College students mentor high-risk youth: Two important lessons

summarized by Stella Kanchewa Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, 69-78. Introduction: Credit bearing service-learning experiences for college students can mutually engender growth among students who participate within these courses and the communities they serve. Students’ experiences within these courses encourage increasing awareness of social inequities (e.g., systemic oppression, marginalization and privilege), particularly biases and […]

New study on benefits of peer mentoring in chronic care

Williams, E. M., Hyer, J. M., Viswanathan, R., Faith, T. D., Voronca, D., Gebregzaibher, M., … & Egede, L. (2018). Peer‐to‐Peer Mentoring for African American Women With Lupus: A Feasibility Pilot. Arthritis care & research, 70(6), 908-917. doi:10.1002/acr.23412 Summarized by Rachel Thompson Notes of Interest: Overall, this study demonstrates that peers can be instrumental in promoting self-management […]

Mentoring key piece of the puzzle in reducing STEM attrition

Written by Charlie Wood, the Christian Science Monitor As a freshman, Stephanie Mula found the University of Massachusetts’s engineering program “overwhelming.” A first-generation college student, she wasn’t sure what to expect, how to get the most out of her classes, or where to look for internships. Nevertheless, she went on to beat the odds of […]

New Research investigates impacts of vocational peer mentors on emerging adults with mental illness

Klodnick, V. V., Sabrella, K., Brenner, C. J., Krzos, I. M., Ellison, M. L., Kaiser, S. M., Davis, M. & Fagan, M. A. (2015). Perspectives of young emerging adults with serious mental health conditions on vocational peer mentors. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 23(4), 226-237. Doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1063426614565052 Summarized by Jessica Cunningham   Background: Emerging […]

New research observes combination of peer youth mentoring and multimedia

Bowers, E. P., Hilliard, L. J., Batanova, M., Stacey, D. C., Tirrell, J. M., Wartella, K., & Lerner, R. M. (2016). The Arthur Interactive Media Study: Initial findings from a cross-age peer mentoring and digital media-based character development program. Journal of Youth Development, 10(3), 46-63. Summarized by Matthew Hagler   Introduction Over the past 20 years, both […]

Youth with spinal cord injuries improve quality of life with a model mentoring program called “Back on Track”

Shem, K., Medel, R., Wright, J., Kolakowsky-Hayner, S. A., & Duong, T. (2011). Return to work and school: A model mentoring program for youth and young adults with spinal cord injury. Spinal Cord, 49(4), 544-549. Summarized by Jessica Cunningham, B. A., Lab Manager, Center of Evidence-Based Mentoring   Introduction:  People who become disabled in adolescence and […]

Peer Mentoring: A discussion with Experienced Practitioners

Peer Mentoring: A discussion with Experienced Practitioners Thurs., April 15, 2015 1:00-2:15 p.m. EST While still a relatively new topic, we have learned, over the course of the past decade, how to run a successful peer mentoring program. Join Margot Ross, Psy.D., and Tammy Potts for a lively discussion of peer mentoring.

Making a Difference With Youth Mentors

By NANCY H. TILGHMAN Published: April 18, 2004 in the New York Times TAQUIOYA CAUSEY is 16 years old and has lived in at least 12 foster homes. She said that she couldn’t remember her father’s voice, and that her mother, a substance abuser, abandoned Taquioya and her older brother Kevin in Westbury six years […]

High school aged mentors: Challenges and recommendations

Editor’s note: In a comprehensive report on high school aged mentors, Carla Herrera and colleagues draw on data from their national study of Big Brothers Big Sisters SchoolBased Mentoring to explore the practice of enlisting high-school students to serve as volunteer mentors. They provide very useful insights and recommendations that are still quite relevant today.  In this […]