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

summarized by Stella Kanchewa

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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 … Read the rest

Apprenticeships for youth now have national momentum (Part 1)

By Ray Glier,

Da’Sean Harrison, 22, has ambitions to be a general contractor, a master of all trades. Now working on a construction job in the Seattle area, he marvels over the skills of one worker he and his … Read the rest

Therapeutic services for LGBT people: Implications for mentoring

By Luca Pax and RP Whitmore-Bard with Queer Asterisk Therapeutic Services.

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As queer and trans people, we are incredibly resilient but we are also a vulnerable population. In recent decades, an increase in queer and trans visibility … Read the rest

Natural Mentors and Education: Complementary or Compensatory Resources?

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Summarized by UMass Boston clinical psychology doctoral student Laura Yoviene, MA

Erickson, L., McDonald, S., & Elder, G. (2013). Informal mentors and education: Complementary or compensatory resources? Sociology of Education, 82, 344-367.


The majority of research on mentoring … Read the rest

New research on toxic stress and poverty: Implications for practice

by Venessa Marks and Julie Novak

This post is part of a three-post series on toxic stress. The first post explains what toxic stress is and why it matters for youth mentoring programs, and this second post highlights what professional Read the rest

Rethinking poverty: New research looks at deprivation beyond income level

broken-windows-1531752_1280Posted by Lance Wallace, Georgia Institute of Technology

Since social scientists and economists began measuring poverty, its definition has never strayed far from a discussion of income.

Now, new research shows there are multiple components of poverty that more accurately … Read the rest

Roundtable: How Does Poverty Affect the Brain?

By Princess Ojiaku | October 23, 2015

Scientific American Blog

Growing up in poverty can hinder childhood achievement and affect life trajectory. Researchers in fields, such as economics and social sciences, have extensively documented these differences, but can neuroscientists develop … Read the rest

United Way: Mentors always in demand

united way mentors in demandSandy Leske, For Sheboygan Press Media 12:18 p.m. CDT August 16, 2015

Mentors play an amazingly positive role in the lives of youth and research confirms what we know — that mentoring works.

The 2013 study “The Role of Read the rest

What Poverty Does to the Young Brain

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For a growing child, deprivation and stress can become a kind of neurotoxin.

Barrier Status: ‘none’

The brain’s foundation, frame, and walls are built in the womb. As an embryo grows into a fetus, some of its

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The Detrimental Effects of Poverty on the Developing Brain

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 An alarming 22 percent of U.S. children live in poverty, which can have long-lasting negative consequences on brain development, emotional health and academic achievement. A new study, published July 20 in JAMA Pediatrics, provides even more compelling evidence Read the rest