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How mentor stress and depression influence the quality and impact of the mentor–youth relationship

Preston, E. G., & Raposa, E. B. (2020). A Two-way Street: Mentor Stress and Depression Influence Relational Satisfaction and Attachment in Youth Mentoring Relationships. American Journal of Community Psychology, 65(3–4), 455–466. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12412 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although youth mentoring programs are becoming popular forms of interventions that contribute to positive youth development, little […]

What are the keys to successful mentoring? Study has some answers

by Jean Rhodes and Elizabeth Raposa In an article in the American Journal of Community Psychology we reported on some interesting findings that have direct implications for mentoring programs. The study was entitled, the Impact of Youth Risk on Mentoring Relationship Quality: Do Mentor Characteristics Matter?- and the short answer is yes! But let’s step back […]

Recommendations for applying a social justice lens to youth mentoring

Albright, J. N., Hurd, N. M., & Hussain, S. B. (2017). Applying a Social Justice Lens to Youth Mentoring: A Review of the Literature and Recommendations for Practice. Society for Community Research and Action. DOI 10.1002/ajcp.12143. Summarized by Karina DeAndrade and Harry Bayly Notes of Interest The authors reviewed literature on youth mentoring initiatives that […]

New “Mentoring Processes Scale” assesses five dimensions of youth mentoring

Tolan, P. H., McDaniel, H. L., Richardson, M., Arkin, N., Augenstern, J., & DuBois, D. L. (1010). Improving understanding of how mentoring works: Measuring multiple intervention processes. Journal of Community Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.22408 Summarized by Monica Arkin  Notes of Interest: Researchers identified five commonly used mentoring intervention processes: identification with mentor, social & emotional support, teaching […]

[Webinar] Team transition! Mentoring youth in the transition from foster care to adult life

Date: Thursday, June 18, 2020 1:00 – 2:15 PM Eastern Standard Time Description: The transition to adulthood represents a critical moment in the lives of youth involved in foster care. Support from caring peers and adults can make all the difference between a transition with dire circumstances or one in which a young person can […]

Mentoring in Trump’s America

Update: We wrote this post 3 years ago, soon after Trump became president. Our focus was on what mentors can do to support youth who are marginalized by our society (e.g., youth of color, LGBTQ youth). Our post is still relevant as an urgent call to mentoring organizations, staff, and volunteer mentors to support Black […]

Helping children and families cope with the COVID-19 pandemic

This post is another addition to our effort to disseminate as much material as possible about the COVID-19 pandemic and how we can support young people and families in this very difficult time. Annette M. La Greca, Ph.D. and colleagues have put together a guide for both children and caring adults in their lives, be […]

New study shows how youth mentoring programs benefit communities

Meltzer, A., & Saunders, I. (2020). Cultivating supportive communities for young people – Mentor pathways into and following a youth mentoring program. Children and Youth Services Review, 110, 104815. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.104815 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although many formal youth mentoring programs are helping young people access trusted adult mentoring figures, there is still a lack […]

European Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring will host #KeepMentoring webinar

Description:  Let’s get together in an opportunity to learn and share! Get ready to be inspired by professionals that are exploring new ways to connect and reinforce mentoring relationships in times of social distancing. Julie Gehring (University of Connecticut, U.S.), Laura Cardús (AFEV, Spain), Gysbert Bergsma (Stichting VerbindMij, The Netherlands) and Eva Fernández (Fundación Èxit, […]

The impact of digital mentoring platforms on multicultural mentoring

Radlick, R. L., Mirkovic, J., Przedpelska, S., Halvorsen Brendmo, E., & Gammon, D. (2020). Experiences and Needs of Multicultural Youth and Their Mentors, and Implications for Digital Mentoring Platforms: Qualitative Exploratory Study. JMIR Formative Research, 4(2). https://doi.org/10.2196/15500 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Immigrant youths living in Norway have a greater risk of dropping […]