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

Posted by Katherine Gombay,

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 … Read the rest

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 … Read the rest

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 … Read the rest

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 … Read the rest

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, … Read the rest

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 … Read the rest

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 Read the rest

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 … Read the rest

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

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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 … Read the rest

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



Mentoring, in its various forms, has long been … Read the rest