Tag Archive for: volunteers

What is overlooked in volunteer work with young people?

Mölkänen, J., & Honkatukia, P. (2022). Ambiguous, affective, and arduous: Volunteers’ invisible work with young adults. Journal of Youth Development, 17(4). https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2022.1198 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Past research has either focused on a) the benefits of becoming a volunteer, b) volunteers’ motivations or c) how mentorships are a promising method for approaching at-risk […]

Mentoring organizations impact mentors, too

Ellison, R. L., Cory, M., Horwath, J., Barnett, A., & Huppert, E. (2020). Can mentor organizations impact mentor outcomes? Assessing organizational norms on mentor intent to stay and willingness to “go the extra mile.” Journal of Community Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.22391 Summarized by Monica Arkin  Notes of Interest: While most youth mentoring research focuses on youth outcomes, […]

FORUM: What is your most effective mentor recruitment message?

Mentoring programs are becoming increasingly sophisticated in how they recruit mentors and the messages they use to get volunteers to take the plunge and formally apply to be a mentor. Large national organizations might hire leading advertising firms to carefully craft their recruitment messages, but even the smallest local programs can come up with a […]

Young, empathetic, and interested: A profile for volunteer mentors

Randle, M., Miller, L., Ciarrochi, J. and Dolnicar, S. (2014). A psychological profile of potential youth mentor volunteers. Journal of Community Psychology, 42, 338–351. Summarized by Melanie Feldman Introduction: There is ample support, anecdotal and evidence-based, for mentorship programs and the benefits they confer upon program mentees. However, little is known about the type of person […]