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What predicts mentor commitment?

Drew, A. L., Keller, T. E., Spencer, R., & Herrera, C. (2020). Investigating mentor commitment in youth mentoring relationships: The role of perceived program practices. Journal of Community Psychology, 48(7), 2264-2276. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.22409 Summarized by Monica Arkin Notes of Interest: Using data from 537 mentors, representing 55 unique mentoring programs, authors explored what factors are associated […]

Rachael Ellison on racism and cognitive functioning, challenging political conversations, and how mentoring programs affect mentors

The Chronicle spoke to Dr. Rachael Ellison about her training as a community and clinical psychologist, her diverse projects ranging from neuropsychology to measuring outcomes of mentoring programs on mentors, and how a faculty mentor acquired during her undergraduate studies helped get her to where she is today. Can you tell us a little about […]

What motivates volunteer mentors?

Shier, M. L., Larsen-Halikowski, J., & Gouthro, S. (2020). Characteristics of volunteer motivation to mentor youth. Children and Youth Services Review, 111, 104885. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.104885 Summarized by Kirsten Christensen Notes of Interest: Although mentor volunteers are critical in promoting positive youth outcomes, programs often struggle to recruit and retain skilled mentors. This qualitative study examined 22 […]

High school aged mentors: Challenges and recommendations

Editor’s note: In a comprehensive report on high school aged mentors, Carla Herrera and colleagues draw on data from their national study of Big Brothers Big Sisters SchoolBased Mentoring to explore the practice of enlisting high-school students to serve as volunteer mentors. They provide very useful insights and recommendations that are still quite relevant today.  In this […]