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Youth Programs: What Makes Them Effective?

By Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD, Roots of Action Youth programs abound today, claiming numerous positive outcomes for adolescents. What tweens and teens learn in youth programs can help them develop better social skills, become leaders, gain greater knowledge of themselves, and foster lifelong relationships. But programs vary widely in quality. What makes youth programs effective? How […]

Creating a culture of belonging: How teachers and mentors can help students navigate the return to in-person learning

by Jean E Rhodes School closures and the loss of face-to face instruction remain persistent struggles as schools work to contain COVID-19. In recent months, researchers have begun to publish studies and reports that have explored the academic and social toll that these closures have taken on students academic and social-emotional well-being. In a new […]

What makes a mentoring relationship strong? New study has answers!

Goldner, L., & Ben-Eliyahu, A. (2021). Unpacking Community-Based Youth Mentoring Relationships: An Integrative Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(11), 5666. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18115666 Summarized by Ariel Ervin  Notes of Interest:  Although formal community-based mentoring (CBM) is a popular way to advocate for positive development and health, it’s still unclear as to which factors and processes […]

The Role of Positive Youth Development

 By Wei-Lin Chen, Society for Research on Adolescence Linver, M. R., Urban, J. B., Chen, W.-L., Gama, L., & Swomley, V. I. (2021). Predicting Positive Youth Development from Self-Regulation and Purpose in Early Adolescence. Journal of Research on Adolescence. https://doi.org/10.1111/jora.12621 Positive Youth Development (PYD) emphasizes the potential for healthy, successful development, via interpersonal skills and relationships, confidence […]

Can after-school programs foster positive youth development? New study has answers

Goodman, A. C., Ouellette, R. R., D’Agostino, E. M., Hansen, E., Lee, T., & Frazier, S. L. (2021). Promoting healthy trajectories for urban middle school youth through county-funded, parks-based after-school programming. Journal of Community Psychology.  https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.22587 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Early adolescence is a critical time where risky decisions can lead to consequences, especially […]

What makes Mentoring Effective? How Research can Guide you in Selecting a Program

By Julia M. Pryce, Michael S. Kelly, & Thomas E. Keller, PDX Scholar Pryce, J.M., Keller, T.E., & Kelly, M.S. (2007). What makes mentoring effective? How research can guide you in selecting a program. Focal Point, 21 (2), 19-21. Contemporary practitioners and policymakers widely accept that having a significant, positive relationship with an adult is instrumental […]

Mentoring expert, Renée Spencer, emphasizes the importance of developing a clearer understanding of positive youth relationships

Experts’ Corner: Mentoring in the era of COVID-19 From the ‘Mentoring in the era of COVID-19: Nine experts in the field weigh in’ article by Justin Preston and Monica Arkin Dr. Renée Spencer, Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the Boston University School of Social Work, notes, “We’ve tried to apply tools best suited […]

Understanding youth’s systems of support: Role of peers and adults

Melton, T. N., Brehm, M. V., & Deutsch, N. L. (2021). Broadening the perspective on youth’s systems of support: An ecological examination of supportive peer and adult relationships during adolescence. Journal of Community Psychology, n/a(n/a). https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.2246 Summarized by Ariel Ervin  Notes of Interest:  Past research has shown the important role supportive relationships have on youth development.  […]

Youth Programs Can Improve Engagement by Reducing Barriers and Strengthening Relationships

By Akiva Liberman, Sham Habteselasse, Sam Hanft, & Kristin Anderson Moore, Child Trends Why do programs for youth and young adults often struggle to recruit, retain, and engage participants long enough and deeply enough to achieve the programs’ intended outcomes? Too often, the youth who could benefit most from programs seem the least likely to […]

Study highlights the importance of adult-youth mentoring relationships in extracurricular activities

Chapin, L. A., Fowler, M. A., & Deans, C. L. (2021). The role of adult facilitators in arts-based extracurricular settings: Perceived factors for success of adult–youth relationships. Journal of Community Psychology, n/a(n/a). https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.22513 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although extracurricular programs are known for fostering supportive relationships between adults and children, little is known about […]