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Original Research by NMRC Research Board Highlights Impact of Mentoring on Long-Term Justice System Involvement

By: Mike Garringer, National Mentoring Resource Center One of the more challenging questions a mentoring program can get asked is “What’s the long-term impact of mentoring?” While most of the stakeholders in our work have an inherent belief in mentoring young people, often borne of their own experiences, occasionally those we bring into this movement […]

Researchers Examine Benefits of Informal Mentoring for Young People

BUSSW doctoral program graduate Grace Gowdy (SSW’19) and professors Renée Spencer and Daniel P. Miller lead new research on characteristics associated with informal mentorship By Maura King Scully, Boston University School of Social Work “It takes a village to raise a child.” The African proverb, connoting the importance of adult involvement beyond parents for children’s […]

New case study explores fictive kinship in a Black adolescent’s natural mentoring relationship

Scott, E. D., & Deutsch, N. L. (2021). Conferring Kinship: Examining Fictive Kinship Status in a Black Adolescent’s Natural Mentoring Relationship. Journal of Black Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1177/00957984211002613 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although researchers are interested in understanding how youth create and maintain natural mentorships, little is known about youths’ experiences within these relationships. This […]

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 […]

Let’s connect: how a community mentoring impacts adolescents with peer social problems

King, C. A., Gipson, P. Y., Arango, A., Lernihan, D., Clark, M., Foster, C. E., Caldwell, C., Ghaziuddin, N., & Stone, D. (2021). LET’s CONNECT Community Mentorship Program for Adolescents with Peer Social Problems: A Randomized Intervention Trial. American Journal of Community Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12528 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Involvement in bullying (either as a bully […]

What do my parents think of my mentor?: How parental approval of matches impact mentorship strength & duration

Shamblen, S. R., Courser, M. W., Schweinhart, A. M., & Thompson, K. (2020). If momma ain’t happy with the mentoring relationship, ain’t nobody happy with the mentoring relationship: Parental satisfaction as a predictor of mentoring match strength and length. Journal of Community Psychology, 48(3), 879–890. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.22304 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although there is evidence that shows […]

[Webinar] Career Readiness Resources for Youth Serving Programs

Date: July 22, 2021, 1:00 PM EST In this upcoming MENTOR webinar, American Student Assistance (ASA) will share free tools and resources that organizations can use to help youths with career exploration. They will also talk about which tools and resources discussed during this event that mentoring pairs are using.  This webinar will have live […]

How youth-initiated mentoring can help address youth mental health problems during COVID-19

van Dam, L., Rhodes, J., & Spencer, R. (2021). Youth-Initiated Mentoring as a Scalable Approach to Addressing Mental Health Problems During the COVID-19 Crisis. JAMA Psychiatry. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2021.0490 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  The pandemic is taking a toll on youths’ mental health. Although children are not as susceptible to the virus as adults are, they […]

LGBTQ Supplement to the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™

By Michael Garringer, Jennifer Bourgoin, Christian Rummell, Hillary Bardwell, & Jessica Mitchell, MENTOR  The LGBTQ Supplement to the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™ responds to a long-standing call to extend the reach and quality of mentoring relationships to one of our nation’s most underserved, marginalized, and vulnerable populations- youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, […]

What makes Mentoring Effective? How Research can Guide you in Selecting a Program

By Julia M. Pryce, Michael S. Kelly, & Thomas E. Keller, PDX Scholar Pryce, J.M., Keller, T.E., & Kelly, M.S. (2007). What makes mentoring effective? How research can guide you in selecting a program. Focal Point, 21 (2), 19-21. Contemporary practitioners and policymakers widely accept that having a significant, positive relationship with an adult is instrumental […]