When a mentor does more harm than good

Janet Murray, The Guardian A new study argues that those volunteering to help young people should always be trained and qualified When Helen fell pregnant at 15, her life was turned upside down. While her friends were out clubbing, she was stuck at home with a baby. She began to feel isolated and depressed. So […]

New study suggests that prison cycle is tough to break for teens

Posted by Jared Wadley-Michigan  Jailed teens whose parents have a history of incarceration are unlikely to be successful without outside intervention. For a new study published in the Journal of Poverty, researchers examined the extent to which various risk factors experienced by youths in eight juvenile and adult correctional facilities in Michigan are related to […]

It Takes a Mentor

 Thomas L. Friedman, posted in the New York Times With millions of students returning to school — both K-12 and college — this is a good time to review the intriguing results of some research that Gallup did over the past year, exploring the linkages between education and long-term success in the workplace. That is: […]

2014 SAFE Training Certification

Friends for Youth has been the leader in the youth mentoring field in developing guidelines for programs to implement in order to select safe volunteer mentors. Based on research from our resource SAFE (Screening Applicants for Effectiveness): Guidelines to Prevent Child Molestation in Mentoring and Youth-Serving Organizations and more recently for our chapter, Mentor Screening […]