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How mentor traits affect their relationship with aggressive children

Cavell, T. A., Mutignani, L. M., Alfonso, L., & Marie Smith, A. (2020). Attachment Tendencies, Big 5 Personality Traits, and Self‐Efficacy as Predictors of Mentors’ Relationships with Aggressive Children. American Journal of Community Psychology, 66(1-2), 130-143. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Many staff members are expected to identify helpful and problematic habits from […]

New study explores volunteers’ motivations for mentoring youth

Miranda-Díaz, M., Clark-Shim, H., Keller, T. E., & Spencer, R. (2020). Determinants of Motivation for Mentoring Among Adults Volunteering to Mentor Youth. Journal of Youth Development, 15(4), 174–189. https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2020.881 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  A majority of mentoring programs depend on volunteers to mentor youth. This study aims to identify some key factors that […]

The importance of providing staff support contacts for volunteer mentors

Keller, T.E., Drew, A.L., Clark-Shim, H., Spencer, R., & Herrera, C. (2020). It’s About Time: Staff Support Contacts and Mentor Volunteer Experiences. Journal of Youth Development, 15(4), 145-161. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although many formal mentoring programs are structured in a way so program staff supervises and provides support to volunteer mentors, who in […]

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 […]