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Transition-to-Success Mentoring Act Introduced to House

By MENTOR On January 25, MENTOR received the exciting news that The Transition-to-Success Mentoring Act (H.R. 6481) was introduced in the House of Representatives by Representative Andre Carson (IN-7). This bill would create a new grant program out of the Department of Education to expand school-based mentoring programs and create partnerships between schools and community-based […]

Introduction to issue sponsored by Along

By Ben Houltberg, Ph.D., LMFT (President & CEO of The Search Institute) and Jean Rhodes, Ph.D. (Director of The Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring ) Many of the articles, profiles, and research summaries in this Chronicle issue, sponsored by Along, focus on the importance of teacher-student relationships. They highlight the role of teachers in promoting students’ […]

New study highlights the five mentoring competencies (5MCs) in mentor training

Spiekermann, L., Lawrence, E., Lyons, M., & Deutsch, N. (2021). A qualitative analysis of the utility of a competency framework for mentor training. Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning. https://doi.org/10.1080/13611267.2021.1986793 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Despite the prevalence of formal mentoring programs, many mentors have trouble establishing and maintaining close and long-lasting relationships with their […]

New meta-analysis of school-based mentoring programs shows promising effects on students’ emotional well-being

Claro, A., & Perelmiter, T. (2021). The Effects of Mentoring Programs on Emotional Well-Being in Youth: A Meta-analysis. Contemporary School Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40688-021-00377-2 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: While there are many important skills that children develop in school, there are a variety of other essential skills that can be protective factors for their academic success. […]

New study explores mentor personality and relationship quality: Some surprising results!

Younginer, S. T., & Elledge, L. C. (2021). Mentor personality and attachment as correlates of youth mentoring relationship quality within a school-based mentoring intervention: The moderating role of negative interactions. Journal of Community Psychology, 49(7), 2569–2589. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.22654 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Given the role mentoring relationship quality has on positive youth outcomes, it’s important to […]

The impact of school-based mentoring: What are some common problems and solutions in the field?

McQuillin, S. D., Lyons, M. D., Clayton, R. J., & Anderson, J. R. (2020). Assessing the impact of school-based mentoring: Common problems and solutions associated with evaluating nonprescriptive youth development programs. Applied Developmental Science, 24(3), 215–229. https://doi.org/10.1080/10888691.2018.1454837 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although youth development and mentoring programs support youths during their transition from adolescence to […]

A brief school-based mentoring program for middle school students with elevated disruptive behavior

McQuillin, S. D., & McDaniel, H. L. (2021). Pilot randomized trial of brief school-based mentoring for middle school students with elevated disruptive behavior. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1483(1), 127–141. https://doi.org/10.1111/nyas.14334 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Despite the popularity of school-based mentoring, very little is known about what mentors actually do with […]

More than fun and games? New study explores how mentors strike a balance between fun and goal-oriented activities

Kanchewa, S., Christensen, K. M., Poon, C. Y. S., Parnes, M., & Schwartz, S. (2021). More than fun and games? Understanding the role of school-based mentor-mentee match activity profiles in relationship processes and outcomes. Children and Youth Services Review, 120, 105757. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.105757 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although evidence suggests that matched mentoring activities can […]

New study examines how relationship quality affects academic & behavioral outcomes

Jablon, E. M., & Lyons, M. D. (2020). Dyadic report of relationship quality in school-based mentoring: Effects on academic and behavioral outcomes. Journal of Community Psychology, n/a(n/a), 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.22477 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  The strength and quality of mentoring relationships can have positive effects on student-related outcomes There is a limited amount of […]

Developing web-based training for mentors of military-connected youth

Spencer, R., Gowdy, G., Herrera, C., Heubach, J., Slep, A. S., & Cavell, T. A. (2020). Web-Based Training for School-Based Mentors of Military-Connected Youth: A Multi-Phase Development Study. The Journal of Primary Prevention.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10935-020-00616-x Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Increased awareness of the stressors associated with being a military-involved youth has influenced more schools to […]