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It takes two: New research investigates reciprocity in the teacher-student mentoring relationship

Ferguson, S. (2017). Ask not what your mentor can do for you…: The role of reciprocal exchange in maintaining student-teacher mentorships. Sociological Forum, 1-23. DOI: 10.1111/socf.12406. Summarized by Justin Preston   Introduction In the present study, the author seeks to underscore a framework for relational processes that make social capital, or the goodwill available to […]

New research outlines 9 steps in using mentoring to boost physical activity in youth

Smith, L. & Petosa, R. (2016). A structured peer-mentoring method for physical activity behavior change among adolescents. The Journal of the School of Nursing, 32(5), 315-323. Summarized by Justin Preston As the winter months roll in, a time typically reserved for hibernating and reduced physical activity more generally, new research has outlined an approach for […]

Good Enough Mentors

by Timothy Cavell   In the 2nd edition of the Handbook of Youth Mentoring (DuBois & Karcher, 2013), Chris Elledge and I (Cavell & Elledge, 2013) offered this definition of youth mentoring: Youth men­toring is the practice of using program-sponsored relationships between identified youth and older volunteers (or paraprofessionals) as a context for prevention-focused activities […]

Mentoring in the News: Focus on the relationship in after-school programs

Written by Nancy Deutsch, University of Virginia Curry School of Education When the bell rings at the end of the school day, students run from the classroom to a host of different activities. Some will work with adults to build on the lessons they learned in the classroom. Others will join a sports team, orchestra […]

New research: Mentees’ academic self-belief linked to better academic performance

Posted by Jared Wadley When kids believe they can achieve success in math and reading, they are more likely to achieve high test scores in those subjects, new research suggests. Researchers used two US data sets—with one being a nationally represented study—and one UK data set to measure self-concept and standardized assessments of early and […]

Personalized learning in schools has implications for mentoring programs too

By Emily Berman, for the Huffington Post Tara’s eyes lit up in a way I had not seen before. I could almost hear what she was thinking: “Felicia is amazing.” Felicia, a local organizer for the NAACP, had just given a talk to our students about how to make change and organize in their community. […]

New research: Mentors help steady the ship for adolescent girls

Liang, B., Lund, T. J., Desilva Mousseau, A. M., & Spencer, R. (2016). The mediating role of engagement in mentoring relationships and self-esteem among affluent adolescent girls. Psychology in the Schools, 53(8), 848-860. DOI: 10.1002/pits.21949 Summarized by Jessica Cunningham   Background: Affluent youth are typically considered to be “low-risk” when it comes to negative outcomes, […]

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 that are not only key to college success, but also are able to be fostered […]

Mentors can help students overcome math anxiety

Posted by Mark Peters Even students who perform extremely well on math exams can suffer from anxiety. And the better a student does at math, the more strongly anxiety will drag his or her performance down, new research shows. And the relationship between anxiety and achievement holds true not just in the United States, but […]

New research tests impact of mentoring on school dropouts

Candil, D. M., & Gaza, M. (2017). A pilot Study of the impact of the Peraj mentoring program on school dropout risk of Mexican children. Journal of Community Psychology, 45(3), 315-332.DOI: 10.1002/jcop.21849 Summarized by Jelle de Graaf   Background: School dropout is a serious issue in Mexico; it affects hundreds of thousands of children and […]