Prevention Corner: My visit to the 2013 Mentoring Summit (Part 1)

Three weeks ago I attended the National Mentoring Summit in Washington, DC. It was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the excellent work being done to promote the health and well-being of our nations’ youth! I had a chance share some the work done last year by my research team. Much of it was in collaboration […]

The test of time in school-based mentoring: Role of duration and re-matching on academic outcomes

Grossman, J.B., Chan, C.S., Schwartz, S.E.O. & Rhodes, J.E. (2012). The test of time in school-based mentoring: The role of relationship duration and re-matching on academic outcomes. American Journal of Community Psycholog, 49, 43-53 summarized by Stella Kanchewa, M.A., UMass Boston clinical psychology doctoral student Problem: Youth mentoring programs face the challenge of creating matches that […]

Practice Corner: Using Research to show Community Impact of Mentoring

By Marty Martinez As National Mentoring Month draws to a close it is important to continue our efforts to raise awareness and give voice to the impact and outcomes that youth mentoring can have in our communities. As practitioners in the field, many program leaders and staff use National Mentoring Month as a means to […]

Evaluation shows promising findings for BBBS of Canada

from the Centre for Addiction  and Mental Health Youth mentoring linked to many positive effects in children, new CAMH and Big Brothers Big Sisters research shows January 15, 2013 –The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada (BBBSC) are releasing the first results of one of the largest mentoring […]

Research Corner: Ethical Principles for Youth Mentoring

By Jean Rhodes, Renee Spencer, & Belle Liang The research panel at the National Mentoring Summit in Washington DC was enriched by the 30 minute Q & A session with the more than 100 practitioners in the audience. Several of the questions touched on core ethical issues that sometimes arise in youth mentoring. Ethics have […]

Evidence Corner: Let’s Get Physical!

by David DuBois I had occasion a few years ago to consult with a statewide mentoring organization around issues of program evaluation and outcome measurement. The outcome survey that I developed for the organization’s consideration proved to be too long for practical use. So, a session was convened in which program leaders had the opportunity […]

Lunch buddy mentoring program: A successful approach to working with aggressive children

Cavell, T. A., & Henrie, J. L. (2010). Deconstructing serendipity: Focus, purpose, and authorship in lunch buddy mentoring. New Directions for Youth Development, 2010(126), 107-121.  Background Aggressive children are at risk for problems such as delinquency, school failure, and substance abuse. In this study Cavell and Henrie (2010) evaluated a school-based prevention program for highly aggressive school-age children. […]

Michael J. Karcher, Ed.D., Ph.D.

Michael J. Karcher, Ed.D., Ph.D., is the K-12 editor. He is a Professor of Counseling in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he coordinates the School Counseling Training Program. He conducts research on school-based and cross-age peer mentoring as well as on adolescent connectedness and pair counseling. He authored […]

New study explores individual differences in youth’s preferences for matched-ethnic mentors in STEM

. Syed, M., Goza, B.K., Chemers, M.M. & Zurbriggen, E.L. (2012). Individual differences in preferences for matched-ethnic mentors among high-achieving ethnically diverse adolescents in STEM. Child Development, 83 (3), 896-910. (reviewed by Stella Kanchewa) Problem: Significant ethnic disparities exist in adolescents and young adults’ participation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, including undergraduate and graduate academic […]