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Using the Web of Support Framework

By Dr. Shannon Vargar & Dr. Jonathan Zaff, CERES Institute for Children & Youth  Every day young people attend schools, participate in after school programs, show up for jobs, and navigate their neighborhoods filled with adults and peers who have the potential to help them as they pursue their education, work, life, and health goals. […]

It’s Who You Know That Matters: How capital mentoring relationships can promote economic mobility for marginalized youth

Gowdy, G., & Spencer, R. (2021). It’s Who You Know That Matters: Identifying Which Type of Informal Mentor Is Most Likely to Promote Economic Mobility for Vulnerable Youth. The Journal of Primary Prevention. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10935-021-00630-7 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Evidence has shown that youths who grow up in poverty (especially children of color) have […]

How mentors contribute to Latinx adolescents’ social capital in the sciences

Sánchez, B., Mroczkowski, A. L., Flores, L. Y., de los Reyes, W., Ruiz, J., & Rasgado-Flores, (2021). How Mentors Contribute to Latinx Adolescents’ Social Capital in the Sciences. Journal of Adolescent Research, 0743558420985454. https://doi.org/10.1177/0743558420985454 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Despite the growing importance of promoting STEM for youth, there’s still a limited amount of research […]

The missing metrics: Emerging practices for measuring students’ relationships and networks

By Mahnaz Charania and Julia Freeland Fisher, Christensen Institute The following is the executive summary of a longer report, which may be found here. Young people need the right resources at their disposal to navigate uncertain times and to pursue their evolving interests and passions. All too often, however, a critical resource in the opportunity […]

Which young people have access to informal mentoring?

Gowdy, G., Miller, D. P., & Spencer, R. (2020). Expanding and deepening our understanding of  which young people are most likely to have an informal mentor. Children and Youth Services Review, 108, 104490. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.104490 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Approximately 50% of young people do not have an informal mentor There’s a lack of […]

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Want to be a great mentor? Here’s how

by Joyce E. A. Russel, Forbes Editors’ note: While the Chronicle tends to have a focus on youth mentoring in formal programs and natural settings, we also try to bring our readers different perspectives on youth and mentoring from around the internet and research world. Ask yourself what the most successful version of your relationship is. […]

Research applies sociological concepts to mentoring programs

Stanton-Salazar, R. (2016). Contributions of social capital theory and social network models in advancing the connection between students’ school-based learning and community-based opportunities for pursuing interest-driven learning. Paper presented at Power Brokers: Building Youth Social Capital through Connected Learning. University of California, Irvine.   Summarized by Justin Preston In a paper presented in the Fall […]

New study on the role of mentoring relationships and access to social capital

Shier, M. L., Gouthro, S., & de Goias, R. (2018). The pursuit of social capital among adolescent high school aged girls: The role of formal mentor-mentee relationships. Children and Youth Services Review, 93, 276-282 Summarized by Cyanea Poon & Rachel Thompson Notes of Interest: This study focus on how social capital contributes to the occupational attainment goals […]

Time and trust trump all: An examination of social capital, race and class in mentoring relationships

What’s in a relationship? An examination of social capital, race and class in mentoring relationships Gaddis, S. (2012). What’s in a relationship? An examination of social capital, race and class in mentoring relationships. Social Forces, 90 (4), 1237-1269. Summarized by Laura Yoviene Problem: The concept of social capital has been widely identified as an important […]

Why mentoring matters, and how to get started

By Lizz Schumer, New York Times My first desk had an inert hand grenade in one corner and a notebook in another. As a public relations assistant to Kathy Hochul, the Erie County clerk at the time, my job was to make the office (and by extension, Ms. Hochul) look good. The grenade reminded me that it […]