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Mentoring. Youth mentoring.

What Poverty Does to the Young Brain

BY MADELINE OSTRANDER For a growing child, deprivation and stress can become a kind of neurotoxin. The brain’s foundation, frame, and walls are built in the womb. As an embryo grows into a fetus, some of its dividing cells turn into neurons, arranging themselves into layers and forming the first synapses, the organ’s electrical wiring. […]

Apprenticeships for youth now have national momentum (Part 1)

By Ray Glier, youthtoday.org Da’Sean Harrison, 22, has ambitions to be a general contractor, a master of all trades. Now working on a construction job in the Seattle area, he marvels over the skills of one worker he and his co-workers have nicknamed “wizard.” Harrison wants to be a wizard. The Washington state legislation that […]

APA’s new survey on stress and technology use has implications for mentoring

Written by Justin Preston Last week the American Psychological Association (APA) released the second part of their findings from their 1oth annual Stress in America survey. While the first part of the findings dealt with changing national politics, the economy, and other topics (see below for a link to the report on these findings), we […]

It’s that time of year: 5 self-care tips for navigating holiday stress

Written by the American Psychological Association With the holiday season getting underway and the decorations coming out, it is important to remember that the holidays have the potential to create additional challenges. Families are cutting back, people are worrying about job security or unemployment, and seniors are concerned about their retirement. Such worries are stressful, and the […]

Youth anxiety: What to say when your mentee is anxious

Written by Carey Wallace, time.com Today’s kids are more worried than any kids in recent history. According to some long-term surveys of mental-health literature, the average kid today is more anxious than people who were hospitalized for anxiety in the 1950s. And those worries tend to intensify around times of transition — like the start […]

Coping with stress? Start with a smile: How smiling promotes stress recovery

From the Association for Psychological Science   Just grin and bear it! At some point, we have all probably heard or thought something like this when facing a tough situation. But is there any truth to this piece of advice? Feeling good usually makes us smile, but does it work the other way around? Can […]

Three things mentors can do to help their mentees cope with stress

By Katie Hurley, the Washington Post A young girl sits in my office, describing the “swishy” feeling that she gets in her stomach when she’s at school. It tends to happen at drop-off, just after lunch and as she watches the clock tick toward the end of the day. It happens so often that she […]

Why a little loneliness can be protective

“Loneliness is something we all have, we can all fall into, and nearly all of us experience at some point in our lives,” says John Cacioppo. (Photo Credit: Phil Thomas/Flickr) University of Chicago Posted by U. Chicago on March 2, 2016 The power of loneliness, and its potential for both causing depression and keeping us safe […]

Teens in military families: Two scholars explain the complexities

By Mallory Lucier Greer–Submitted by Amy Glaspie on Wed, 02/10/2016 – 10:33  Mallory Lucier-Greer, PhD, LMFT Assistant Professor Department of Family and Child Sciences, Florida State University Jay A. Mancini, PhD  Haltiwanger Distinguished Professor Department of Human Development and Family Science, The University of Georgia Question: What do you get when you combine a seasoned […]

How support helps buffer the harmful effects of stress on children

Submitted by Amy Glaspie on Thu, 11/05/2015 – 09:32 (from SRA) Camelia E. Hostinar, Ph.D. (Northwestern University and University of California, Davis) Research is me-search, psychologists often say, referring to the fact that their research ideas are often inspired by personal experiences or shaped by their own worldview and existential questions. For me, the life […]