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Schultz Family Foundation and MENTOR Launch National Mentorship Initiative to Support Opportunity Youth

 Schultz Family Foundation and MENTOR Launch National Mentorship Initiative to Support Opportunity Youth The project is being piloted in five cities and aims to scale nationwide by 2022 BOSTON/SEATTLE – As part of its continuing commitment to unlock opportunities for 4.6 million Opportunity Youth in the U.S. – youth and young adults between the ages of 16-24 […]

New research investigates the benefits of mindfulness for college mentors

Editor’s Note: Mentor training is a key piece of many mentoring programs. Mentor-centric skills are an area that is less-studied than the ways in which mentors can relate to their mentees, foster quality relationships, and so on. This study takes some initial steps in the process of finding ways that mindfulness-based practices may be able […]

New Webinar: Strategies for Creating Ongoing Mentor Training

Thu, May 17, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EDT Most mentoring programs involve their mentors in an initial training before they are matched, but fewer programs provide ongoing training as those matches take shape. This webinar describes the benefits of holding post-match mentor trainings, and it also reviews strategies for creating these workshops, beginning […]

New research identifies program practices as predictors of match longevity

Kupersmidt, J. B., Stump, K. N., Stelter, R. L., & Rhodes, J. E. (2017). Mentoring program practices as predictors of match longevity. Journal of Community Psychology, 1, 1-16. DOI: 10.1002/jcop.21883 Summarized by Justin Preston Introduction Mentoring relationships have long been associated with positive academic, social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes for youth. These positive findings, though, […]

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 […]

The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off: Why we need new approaches to youth mentoring

“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” – Gloria Steinem by Jean Rhodes Over the course of my career, I have met many practitioners who have launched what sound like amazing mentoring programs. The practitioners are often new to the field—passionate about their mission and eager to join the […]

Smoothing bumps in the road: Research uses attachment theory to improve mentoring practice

Zilberstein, K. & Spencer, R. (2017). Breaking bad: An attachment perspective on youth mentoring relationship closures. Child & Family Social Work, 22(1), 67-76. doi:10.1111/cfs.12197 Summarized by Justin Preston   In a recent republication, the journal Child & Family Social Work highlighted an article with some useful lessons for mentoring programs looking to find ways of […]

It takes two: New research investigates reciprocity in the teacher-student mentoring relationship

Ferguson, S. (2017). Ask not what your mentor can do for you…: The role of reciprocal exchange in maintaining student-teacher mentorships. Sociological Forum, 1-23. DOI: 10.1111/socf.12406. Summarized by Justin Preston   Introduction In the present study, the author seeks to underscore a framework for relational processes that make social capital, or the goodwill available to […]

The Intervention is a Relationship

By: Kent Pekel, Ed.D and Peter C. Scales, Ph.D. Originally posted at Search Institute blog “I’ve read Paul Tough’s book and seen Angela Duckworth’s TED Talk and I’m sold that these noncognitive skills are important. What my school needs is a way to build those skills, but we also need another program like a hole in the […]

New Research Brief from OJJDP on impacts of risk on match outcomes

Written by Justin Preston The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has recently released a Research in Brief piece on research conducted by a team of researchers at Mentoring Central, including Janis Kupersmidt, Katie Stump, Rebecca Stelter, as well as Jean Rhodes, (you can read the full brief here) around mentee risk status […]