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Trauma-responsive Educational Practices: Providing Schools with Tools to Address the Youth Mental Health Crisis

By Anusha Chinthalapale, American Youth Policy Forum Our youth are facing ever-increasing amounts of trauma and often expected to participate in classroom instruction and interact with educators, administrators, and other students as if none of the trauma exists. And the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the problem, which was a recent focus of an advisory from […]

Racism, Stress, and Youth Safety in Activity Spaces

By Dr. Anna Ortega-Williams, Dr. Jamie M. Booth, Dr. Dashawna J. Fussell-Ware, Dr. Yolanda Lawrence, Donnell Pearl, Ny’Ela Chapman, Society for Research on Adolescence From Society for Research on Adolescence There is a gap in research wherein Black youths’ experiences of racism in routine spaces are sparsely documented. In their latest article titled “Using ecological […]

New study explores how individual & environmental stressors and presenting challenges affect youth mentoring outcomes

Poon, C. Y. S., Herrera, C., Jarjoura, R., McQuillin, S. D., Keller, T. E., & Rhodes, J. E. (2022). Deconstructing “risk” in youth mentoring programs: How environmental stressors and presenting challenges shape mentoring relationship outcomes. The Journal of Early Adolescence, 02724316221078833. https://doi.org/10.1177/02724316221078833 Summarized by Ariel Ervin   Notes of Interest: A majority of mentoring programs serve underrepresented youth […]

How do contextual factors affect the accessibility to informal mentoring for underrepresented youths?

Gowdy, G., Palmer, M. T., Saastamoinen, M., & Rivera, M. (2022). Using a social work perspective to understand contextual factors impacting access to informal mentorship for under-resourced and minoritized youth. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10560-022-00838-4 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Informal, non-parental youth mentoring relationships promote a variety of positive youth […]

The Rights of LGBTQ+ Youth and their Families Must Be Protected

By MENTOR MENTOR Opposes Discriminatory Legislation and Censorship Attempts Across the Country March 4, 2022 – As an organization committed to expanding and supporting positive relationships and identity formation for our nation’s young people, MENTOR takes a stand against the recent discriminatory legislation that ostracizes and discriminates against LGBTQ+ youth. These policies are a shocking […]

[Call for submissions] Mentoring for Social Inclusion in Turbulent Times. Political Entanglements, Critical Consciousness and Dynamics of Inequality in Programs

In recent years, mentoring for social inclusion has expanded rapidly as a much-vaunted form of social intervention around the globe. Related programs often facilitate social support by creating and guiding personal relationships between local volunteers and individuals from different target groups, e.g. immigrants, minorities, or marginalized youth. Far from emerging in a political void, mentoring […]

Findings point to the pivotal role of inclusive and emotionally supportive classrooms

Walker, S., & Graham, L. (2021). At risk students and teacher-student relationships: Student characteristics, attitudes to school and classroom climate. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 25(8), 896–913. https://doi.org/10.1080/13603116.2019.1588925 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Youth relationships with non-parental adults play an increasingly important role in youth development as they grow older and further their education. This […]

What are the benefits of natural mentoring for African American sexual and gender minority adolescents?

Kaufman, M. R., Lin, C., Levine, D., Salcido, M., Casella, A., Simon, J., & DuBois, D. L. (2021). The formation and benefits of natural mentoring for African American sexual and gender minority adolescents: A qualitative study. Journal of Adolescent Research, https://doi.org/10.1177/07435584211064284 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Naturally occurring mentoring relationships are a promising approach […]

What kind of impact does social mentoring have on vulnerable groups?

Prieto-Flores, Ò. & Feu Gelis, J. (2018). What type of impact could social mentoring programs have? An exploration of the existing assessments and a proposal of an analytical framework. Pedagogía Social. Revista Interuniversitaria, 31, 149-162.  https://doi.org/10.7179/PSRI_2018.31.12 Summarized by Ariel Ervin  Notes of Interest:  Researchers have increasingly become interested in studying the impact mentoring has on the social […]

Considerations for Mentoring Indigenous Children and Youth

By Alberta Mentoring Partnership, National Mentoring Resource Center Description of Resource: This guide contains 10 considerations for the design and delivery of quality mentoring programs for and with children, youth and families of Indigenous descent, including creating inclusive advisory groups, tips for recruitment and retention and screening of indigenous and non-indigenous mentors, and key understandings […]