youth initiated mentoring

A conversation with Whitney Mastin: YIM at the programmatic level

Whitney MastinYouth Initiated Mentoring, part 2: Promise and challenges in implementing YIM at the programmatic level

By Justin Preston

Welcome to the second of the Chronicle’s two-part series on Youth Initiated Mentoring (YIM). In part one, we spoke with Professor Sarah Read the rest

Profiles in mentoring: Professor Sarah Schwartz

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Six Questions with Sarah Schwartz: Youth-Initiated Mentoring and the Connected Scholars Program

By Justin Preston

 

Mentoring programs across the country are often faced with two interconnected, stubborn issues: The shortage of available mentors for young people hoping to be … Read the rest

Youth-initiated mentoring: An idea whose time has come

by Jean Rhodes

A growing number of studies have demonstrated the benefits of youth-initiated mentoring (YIM). Rather than being assigned a mentor, young people are provided with the skills and scaffolding to recruit caring adults from within their own networks. … Read the rest

Youth Initiated Mentoring: How it can reduce the use of out-of-home youth care

Dam, L., Neels, S., de Winter, M., Branje, S., Wijsbroek, S., Hutschemaekers, G., Dekker, A., Sekreve, A., Zwaanswijk, M., Wissink, I. & Stams, G.J. (2018). Youth initiated mentors: Do they offer an alternative for out-of-home placement in youth care? British Read the rest

Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Levi van Dam

Written by Jelle de Graaf

Levi van Dam is a child psychologist and developer of Youth initiated Mentoring (YIM) in the Netherlands. During his previous work in youth care, Levi has experience directly working with young people in residential homes Read the rest

The future of mentoring: An infographic

by Jean Rhodes

I recently worked with a talented team at the MacArthur Foundation Connected Learning Research Network to develop an infographic on youth mentoring (below). In essence, I argue that the number of Americans willing to serve as volunteer Read the rest

New paper applies sociological concepts to mentoring programs

Stanton-Salazar, R. (2016). Contributions of social capital theory and social network models in advancing the connection between students’ school-based learning and community-based opportunities for pursuing interest-driven learning. Paper presented at Power Brokers: Building Youth Social Capital through Connected Learning. University … Read the rest

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How The Barber, And Other Caring Adults, Help Kids Succeed

Anya Kamenetz, nprED

In a working-class city in southeast Michigan there’s a barbershop where kids get a $2 discount for reading a book aloud to their barber.

“Any help these kids can get with reading and … comprehension is a … Read the rest

The critical ingredient of youth programs –natural mentors

Schwartz, S. E. O., Chan, C. S., Rhodes, J. E. & Scales, P. C. (2013). Community developmental assets and positive youth development: The role of natural mentors. Research in Human Development, 10(2), 141-162.

Summarized by Jessica Cunningham, B.A. Lab … Read the rest

Youth aging out of foster care may have a more difficult time forming bonds with adults due to their experiences, having a mentor may act as a protective factor against the negative outcomes typically associated with having been in foster care

Thompson, A. E., Greeson, J. K. P., & Brunsink, A. M. (2016). Natural mentoring among older youth in and aging out of foster care: A systematic review. Children and Youth Services Review, 61, 40-50.

Summarized by Jessica Cunningham, B.A. … Read the rest