FORUM: When (and how) should mentoring programs disclose mentors’ personal information?

A colleague of mine recently shared an inquiry they had received from a local program that was thinking through an issue that had bubbled up: Should they tell mentees (or mentees’ parents) that a mentor is gay? And if so, why and when? This was a school-based program serving primarily younger elementary-age students and to […]

Kids learn better when they manage their moods

Posted by James Devitt-NYU on May 21, 2014 Kindergartners and first graders from low-income families showed gains in math and reading after taking part in a program that helps them learn to manage emotions. Earlier studies suggest that poverty can affect a child’s readiness to start school, both emotionally and academically. Researchers tested an intervention […]

FORUM: How do you encourage mentors to support students academically?

For the longest time, policymakers, school districts, and educators have been trying to figure out how to use the power of mentoring to support students academically. Early on, this led to mentoring programs that were “mentoring” in name, but heavy on tutoring or other direct academic support in terms of the actual activities volunteers and […]

University of Houston: A new hub of youth mentoring research

Meet Assistant Professor Samuel McQuillin I am a school psychologist by training, and as such, my primary research interest surrounds school-based interventions and supports that promote the emotional, behavioral, and academic wellness of youth. Currently I am refining and evaluating a brief school-based mentoring program for middle-school students. The goal of this work is to develop […]

Should we be matching male mentees with female mentors?

Although assigned mentoring relationships have typically involved same gender matches, a growing number of programs, particularly those in schools, are pairing female mentors with male mentees. This practice stems, in large part, from the relative dearth of male mentors and programs’ efforts to increase the availability of youth mentoring to young males on waiting lists. […]

Support the Transition-to-Success Mentoring Act

School-based Mentoring Program Would Provide $50 Million to Support Students By Abbie Evans MENTOR Director of Government Relations August 1, 2013 (reprinted from Today, Representative André Carson from Indiana’s 7th Congressional district introduced the Transition-to-Success Mentoring Act to establish a national competitive grant program targeted at at-risk youth in middle school. The bill would […]

The effects of parent, teacher, and peer support on school engagement

Column Editor Renee Spencer’s Note: Recent scholarship is drawing attention to the link between mentoring and the long-standing and rich literature on social support. For example, Sterrett and colleagues (2011) argue that social support theory can offer a guiding framework for continued research on supportive non-parental adults and the role they play in promoting positive […]

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 […]

Stella Kanchewa, M.A., Clinical Psychology, UMass Boston

I believe that the emerging practice of matching female mentors with male mentees is a positive trend. It allows programs to accomplish their fundamental goal of providing youth with non-parental relationships who can serve as additional supports towards positive growth. In a recent study (Kanchewa, Schwartz, & Rhodes, under review), we drew on secondary data […]