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Bouncing Back with Intentional Relationships

By the Search Institute Remember the Joni Mitchell lyric from “Big Yellow Taxi”: “Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.” That phrase could apply to relationships during the COVID‑19 pandemic. During the long months of isolation, many of us realized what we had taken for granted: […]

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 […]

New study proposes a model of attunement for mentoring relationships

Gilkerson, L., & Pryce, J. (2020). The mentoring FAN: A conceptual model of attunement for youth development settings. Journal of Social Work Practice, 0(0), 1–16.  https://doi.org/10.1080/02650533.2020.1768516 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although youth mentoring has increased in popularity over the years, many mentoring relationships are still ending prematurely.  Because there’s a limited amount of […]