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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 […]

CERES Institute for Children & Youth

By the CERES Institute for Children & Youth Boston University recently announced the launch of the CERES Institute for Children & Youth to promote educational and life outcomes for youths.   This institute aims to co-create rigorous, youth-centered research with communities to educate other researchers, practitioners, and policymakers on supporting youths (especially for those from disadvantaged […]

Ways mentor training and program support can predict premature mentorship terminations

McQuillin, S. D., & Lyons, M. D. (2021). A National Study of Mentoring Program Characteristics and Premature Match Closure: The Role of Program Training and Ongoing Support. Prevention Science. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11121-020-01200-9 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although mentoring is a common and effective way to advocate for positive youth development, mentorships that end prematurely can be […]

New study advances our understanding of mentor relationship development

Drew, A. L., & Spencer, R. (2021). Mentors’ approach to relationship-building and the supports they provide to youth: A qualitative investigation of community-based mentoring relationships. Children and Youth Services Review, 121, 105846.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.105846 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Given how important mentoring relationships are in promoting positive youth development, it’s important to understand how […]

What contributes to positive youth development in youth of color?: New study has some answers

Bowers, E. P., Winburn, E. N., Sandoval, A. M., & Clanton, T. (2020). Culturally relevant strengths and positive development in high achieving youth of color. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 70, 101182. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appdev.2020.101182 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although the positive development of high-achieving youth of color has been connected to spirituality and critical reflection, […]

Improving mental health outcomes for maltreated children in foster care

Taussig, H. N., Weiler, L. M., Garrido, E. F., Rhodes, T., Boat, A., & Fadell, M. (2019). A Positive Youth Development Approach to Improving Mental Health Outcomes for Maltreated Children in Foster Care: Replication and Extension of an RCT of the Fostering Healthy Futures Program. American Journal of Community Psychology, 64(3–4), 405–417. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12385 Summarized by […]

Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Maurice Crul on mentoring and immigrant youth

Editor’s Note: I had the pleasure of meeting Professor Maurice Crul at the European Centre for Evidence-Based Mentoring last year. He is a rock star in the field of immigration and has been leading efforts to explore how mentoring affects immigrant youth. Dr. Crul has published extensively on the educational careers of children of immigrants both nationally […]

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 […]