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Study Finds Positive Physical and Mental Health Outcomes for Mentored Foster Care Youth


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Ahrens, K. R., DuBois, D. L., Richardson, L. P., Fan, M. Y., & Lozano, P. (2008). Youth in foster care with adult mentors during adolescence have improved adult outcomes. Pediatrics, 121(2), e246-e252.

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Presence of natural mentors and vigilant parents leads to more positive outcomes for Black youth

Hurd, N., Varner, F., & Rowley, S. (2013). Involved-vigilant parenting and socio-emotional well-being among Black youth: The moderating influence of natural mentoring relationships. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 42(10), 1583-1595. Doi: 10.1007/s10964-012-9819-y
Summarized by Jessica Cunningham

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Research identifies key program features to support success for youth with disabilities

quotes-729173_1280Lindsay, S., Hartman, L. R., & Fellin, M. (2016). A systematic review of mentorship programs to facilitate transition to post-secondary education and employment for youth and young adults with disabilities. Disability & Rehabilitation, 38(14), 1329-1340.
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The impact of a community mentorship program on youth with risks for suicidal behaviors

King, C. A., Gipson, P. Y., Arango, A., Foster, C. E., Clark, M., Ghaziuddin, N., & Stone, D. (2018). LET’s CONNECT community mentorship program for youths with peer social problems: Preliminary findings from a randomized effectiveness trial. Journal of Community Read the rest

Upcoming international conference on mentoring youths facing adversity

Friday, 12 October 2018 (10.30am- 4.30pm), Ireland

‘Mentoring young people facing adversity: exploring the intersection of theory and practice through the perspectives of participants and stakeholders’. An international conference hosted by Foróige in … Read the rest

New research unpacks how social interaction impacts physical activity-based programs

McDonough, M. H., Ullrich-French, S., & McDavid, M. L. (2018). Helping kids connect: Participant and staff perspectives on facilitating social relationships in a physical activity-based positive youth development program for youth from low-income families. Sport, Exercise, And Performance Psychology, Read the rest

Embedded mentoring: An idea whose time has come

by Jean Rhodes

Imagine if students were told to pack up their bags and drop out of school whenever their teachers decided to move, retire, or take medical leave? As they emptied their desks, some might be disappointed and wonder what they and their classmates had done to drive their dear teacher away. Fortunately, most schools are robust systems that can absorb the loss of any given teacher.

New research investigates the challenges and successes of Y-A Partnerships

Heffernan, O. S., Herzog, T. M., Schiralli, J. E., Hawke, L. D., Chaim, G., & Henderson, J. L. (2017). Implementation of a youth-adult partnership model in youth mental health systems research: Challenges and successes. Health Expectations, 20, 1183-1188. doi:10.1111/hex.12554

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New program combines coding and mentoring to help at-risk youth

Written by Jessica Guynn and Megan Diskin, USA TODAY

CAMARILLO and SAN QUENTIN, Calif. — Inside an aging brick facility ringed by a chain-link fence and agricultural fields, 14 young people convicted of violent crimes are trying to program a … Read the rest

New research shows the important role of natural mentors for delinquency in youth

Editor’s Note: This recent longitudinal study provides interesting insights into the specific relationship between mentoring and juvenile delinquency. Not only does this article show the positive effects mentoring relationships seem to have on delinquency, the authors also discuss certain characteristics … Read the rest