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Supporting student success through joint decision-making in schools

Lyons, M. D., Edwards, K. D., & Fallavollita, W. L. (2021). Promoting mentoring relationships through joint decisions: Evidence from a national mentoring program. School Psychology, 36(4), 214–223. https://doi.org/10.1037/spq0000440 Summarized by Maggie Bayly Notes of Interest: A strong mentor-mentee relationship is established through a personal and emotional connection with a nonfamilial adult. The quality of the […]

What qualities are needed for mentoring aboriginal youth in Australia?

Munday, J., & Rowley, J. (2022). Cultural collaboration: Mentor attributes needed when working with Aboriginal youth. Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 30(3), 280–292.  https://doi.org/10.1080/13611267.2022.2070992 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Mentoring is a promising intervention for aboriginal youth because it aligns with indigenous learning approaches & teachings. This is reinforced by findings that suggest […]

[Webinar] Incorporating a Strengths-Based Mindset into Mentor Training and Program Policies

Date: Jun 23, 2022 01:00 PM EST Building a strengths-based mindset is essential for promoting youth & family potential. However, it takes more than just good intentions to guarantee its incorporation into mentoring programs. Join this month’s webinar to learn more about how mentoring practitioners can build & sustain a strengths-based approach to program development […]

Big Brothers Big Sisters receives a $122.6 million donation to mentor kids

By Elizabeth Blair, NPR  Artis Stevens says he had no idea it was coming. The president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America says he “was in awe” when MacKenzie Scott’s representatives called with the news the mentoring organization would receive $122.6 million. “They told me the information and told me the number […]

A One-of-a-Kind School-Based Newcomer Youth Mentorship Program

By Lidia Abraha, YouthREX While there’s little Canadian research on the experiences of newcomer youth, we know they face many unique challenges and barriers that prevent a smooth settlement in their new country. Although parents and adult newcomers have access to local and government services, and elementary students may receive more support by being in […]

The impact youth mentoring approaches have on holistic competencies

Chan, C. K. Y., & Luo, J. (2022). Youth mentoring strategies and impacts on holistic competencies of secondary school students in Hong Kong. British Journal of Guidance & Counselling. https://doi.org/10.1080/03069885.2022.2030858 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Holistic competency is an umbrella term for various skills and positive attitudes & values, such as creativity, respect, communication, & […]

Mentoring expert, Szilvia Simon, talks about how online programming can open doors for international connections

Experts’ Corner: Mentoring in the era of COVID-19 From the ‘Mentoring in the era of COVID-19: Nine experts in the field weigh in’ article by Justin Preston and Monica Arkin Szilvia Simon of the European Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring adds that, even once in-person programming has resumed to its former capacity, virtual programming will continue […]

New, Exciting…and Effective? Tips on Evaluating Innovative and New Programming

Organizations are evolving rapidly within the mentoring field – often adapting or launching new or innovative programs to meet local needs (and leverage local assets). Across the Big Brothers Big Sisters network, agencies are adding to or enhancing our core model at a surprising rate. A recent survey of the Big Brothers Big Sisters network […]