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How Schools Can Teach Students to Network (Even When Students Don’t Think They Have One)

By Sarah D. Sparks, Education Week Many schools have used federal funding to hire or assign staff or volunteers to build one-on-one relationships with students. But as leaders grapple with staff shortages and overwhelmed teachers, it may be more effective and sustainable to help students learn to find and develop support networks on their own. […]

Using mentorships to promote agency and a sense of belonging among asylum seekers

Amitay, G. (2022). From Helpless Rage to Loving Resistance: Resistance to Othering and Practices of Agency in Mentoring Children of Asylum Seekers in Israel. Child & Youth Care Forum, 51(4), 705–727. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10566-021-09649-7 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  More than 30,000 African refugees and asylum seekers (AS) live in Israel. AS in Israel endure restrictive state […]

Gutman Library Virtual Book Talk – Sister Resisters: Mentoring Black Women on Campus

Date: Sep. 19, 2022, 12:00 PM EST The book, Sisters Resisters, provides a multifaceted approach that encourages change & growth for mentees & mentors in cross-racial mentorships in higher education. In this virtual book talk, Janie Victoria Ward, Ed.M.’81, Ed.D.’86, and Tracy L. Robinson-Wood, Ed.M.’83, Ed.D.’88, offer advice for advisors, faculty members, and administrators, who […]

Access to Higher Education: Supports for Homeless and Foster Youth

By Rachelle Robins, American Youth Policy Forum Young people experiencing homelessness and those in the child welfare system face unique challenges when it comes to education, including post-secondary education. The National Working Group on Foster Care and Education found that over 70 percent of foster youth want to obtain a college degree, but only half […]

A Reimagined Vision for Black Child and Family Well-being From National and Local Leaders

By Mavis Sanders, Child Trends Despite significant gains toward achieving the full rights and protections of citizenship, Black people in the United States face significant challenges to their well-being that stem from centuries of racial discrimination, violence, and exclusion. Statistics recounting these challenges, while necessary to understand and address the pervasive impact of systemic racism […]

The Mentoring Effect for Black Youth

By MENTOR Canada, YouthREX Supportive relationships with adults, including mentoring relationships, foster young people’s positive development and can provide significant psychological protection in the face of adverse life circumstances. In the winter of 2020, Mentor Canada surveyed 2,838 young adults in Canada to learn more about how mentors supported them while they were growing up: […]

New study explores the experiences of high-achieving, underserved high school students in an e-mentoring college access program

Arnold, K. D., Deutschlander, D. T., & Lewis, J. S. (2022). Someone on my side: The experiences of high-achieving, underserved high school students in an e-mentoring college access intervention. Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 30(4), 381–408.  https://doi.org/10.1080/13611267.2022.2091193 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Practitioners use a variety of approaches, such as mentoring, coaching, and advising, […]

Can after-school music-based mentoring programs improve academic outcomes for low-income students?

Holbrook, H. M., Martin, M., Glik, D., Hudziak, J. J., Copeland, W. E., Lund, C., & Fender, J. G. (2022). Music-Based Mentoring and Academic Improvement in High-Poverty Elementary Schools. Journal of Youth Development, 17(1), 33–53.  https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2022.1116 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: The achievement gap between low-socioeconomic status (low-SES) students and their higher SES counterparts […]

What qualities are needed for mentoring aboriginal youth in Australia?

Munday, J., & Rowley, J. (2022). Cultural collaboration: Mentor attributes needed when working with Aboriginal youth. Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 30(3), 280–292.  https://doi.org/10.1080/13611267.2022.2070992 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Mentoring is a promising intervention for aboriginal youth because it aligns with indigenous learning approaches & teachings. This is reinforced by findings that suggest […]

Children’s Bureau Advises Agencies to Provide Supportive Care for LGBTQ Youth

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation The U.S. Children’s Bureau affirmed its sup­port for LGBTQ and gen­der non­con­form­ing chil­dren and youth, espe­cial­ly those in fos­ter care, in a March 2022 infor­ma­tion mem­o­ran­dum to the nation’s child wel­fare agencies. The Children’s Bureau advis­es state, trib­al and ter­ri­to­r­i­al agen­cies receiv­ing fed­er­al funds to ensure that their ser­vices […]