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Want to help reinforce a motor skill? Have them take a lap

Posted by Katherine Gombay, futurity.org As little as a single 15-minute bout of cardiovascular exercise increases brain connectivity and efficiency, according to new research. If you want to learn to walk a tightrope, for example, it’s a good idea to go for a short run after each practice session, the research suggests. The recent study, […]

Three tips that can help you foster – and maintain – resilience in your mentee

Written by Justin Preston & Renée Klein Schaarsberg To quote Benjamin Franklin, “…in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” It is a phrase that has become a truism over time, but it could fairly be said that Franklin was not quite exhaustive in his list of certainties. Beyond […]

Mentoring outside city limits: New Rural Mentoring Toolkit produced by MANY

There is one universal truth for all youth, anywhere—and that is that any young person can benefit from a mentoring relationship. Whether your community is urban, ex-urban, suburban, or rural, the youth in your schools and neighborhoods could use a strong, positive role model. Likewise, each type of community comes with its own strengths and […]

Perfectionism: What it is and 5 ways mentors can help their mentees shake it

Written by Justin Preston “Anything worth doing, is worth doing right,” according to Hunter S. Thompson, and many would be inclined to agree. What happens, though, when we cross the line between wanting to do something right and needing to do it perfectly? Unfortunately, according to a new study perfectionism is on the rise. In […]

Seven steps to helping your male mentee express his emotions

Written by Justin Preston Can boys share their feelings with one another? Is it okay for them to say that they love each other? There are a wide range of expectations that boys pick up around how they should act, and how they should act with others. Often, these expectations include not expressing emotion, unless […]

Rolling up your sleeves: Why it’s important for programs to focus on the work

Written by Justin Preston Engaging in the work of mentoring, whether you are a mentor yourself or plying your trade in a program, can be rewarding intrinsically (“I’m doing work to make my community better”) and professionally (“My mentoring skills are improving!”). In addition to these, though, one of the guiding lights that leads people […]

Discussing the unspeakable: Steps to foster conversations in the wake of tragedy

Editor’s Note: In light of recent events resulting in the death of 17 people in a school shooting in Parkland, FL, the eighth school shooting that has resulted in death or injury in the US since January 1, 2018, we are re-posting an article first published in October of last year. The context may be […]

A positive attitude can help boost a student’s math memory: New research and implications

Posted by Erin Digitale Having a positive attitude about math is connected to better function of the hippocampus, an important memory center in the brain, during performance of arithmetic problems, a new study of elementary school students suggests. Educators have long observed higher math scores in children who show more interest in math and perceive […]

Mentors can help their mentees get the most out of the movies they watch

Posted by Katie Bohn, futurity.org Children can benefit from both the positive and negative themes of a movie by watching and discussing the film with a parent or other adult, research shows. Researchers analyzed popular children’s movies and ranked their most common positive and negative themes. While the most common positive theme was the importance […]

New research identifies links between mentee strain and mentors’ response strategies

Wesely, J., Dzoba, N., Miller, H. & Rasche, C. (2016). Mentoring at-risk youth: An examination of strain and mentor response strategies. American Journal of Criminal Justice. DOI:10.1007/s12103-016-9353-7 Summarized by Justin Preston   Introduction Mentoring, in its various forms, has long been touted as a way of offering support and guidance to at-risk youth. While the […]