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Transition to adulthood for youth leaving care can be made smoother, safer

By Lisa Schelbe, Youth Today

Avid cyclists understand if anyone spends enough time riding a bicycle, they will crash at some point. Crashes are more likely for someone who is learning to ride. Hopefully, it is not a dramatic flip … Read the rest

Senior volunteers ward off brain ‘shrinkage’

By Stephanie Desmon

The memory center in the brains of seniors who volunteered in public schools for two years maintained their size, rather than shrinking as part of the normal aging process, report researchers.

The findings suggest that retirees who … Read the rest

Important study of mentoring for higher-risk youth

Important new study of mentoring for higher-risk youthMentoring Experiences and Outcomes for Youth with Varying Risk Profiles

by Carla Herrera, David L. DuBois, Jean Baldwin Grossman

reprinted from MDRC

More and more, mentoring programs are being asked to serve young people who are considered “higher risk.” While … Read the rest

NMRC reviewed the effectiveness of mentoring programs

Reposting from National Mentoring Resource Center

One of the main activities of the National Mentoring Resource Center Research Board is to review the research about rigorously evaluated mentoring programs to rate their currently demonstrated level of effectiveness.

Program reviews are 

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What’s new in Public Policy? September, 2018

Janet ForbushBy Janet Forbush, Contributing Editor

Background:  The Labor Day holiday week-end is in the “rearview mirror” as we enter the first full week of September 2018.  With the beginning of a new school year throughout the country; resumption of key … Read the rest

A conversation with Whitney Mastin: YIM at the programmatic level

Whitney MastinYouth Initiated Mentoring, part 2: Promise and challenges in implementing YIM at the programmatic level

By Justin Preston

Welcome to the second of the Chronicle’s two-part series on Youth Initiated Mentoring (YIM). In part one, we spoke with Professor Sarah Read the rest

Study Highlights the Importance of Mentor Attunement

Pryce, J. (2013). Mentor attunement: An approach to Successful School-based Mentoring Relationships. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 29, 285–305

 Background

In this study, Julia Pryce, Professor of Social Work at Loyola University, notes that successful mentoring “requires an … Read the rest

Facing challenges, mentees can develop strengths too!

Posted by University of Arizona

Children who grow up in high-stress environments may be at higher risk for learning or behavioral trouble, but new research suggests that their skills warrant more attention.

Stress-adapted youth may possess traits—such as heightened vigilance, … Read the rest

Black adolescents’ relationships with natural mentors

Black adolescents' relationships with natural mentorsHurd, N. M., & Sellers, R. M. (2013). Black adolescents’ relationships with natural mentors: Associations with academic engagement via social and emotional development. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology,19(1), 76-85.

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Natural mentors are caring and supportive … Read the rest

Three things mentors can do to help get youth through college

Written by Justin Preston, Associate Editor

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have just completed an extensive review of the existing literature on ways of fostering college completion among youth today, and they have identified three specific factors … Read the rest