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Youth Mentoring More Critical Today Than In Recent History – Opinion

Co-written by South Florida Reporter, Gale S. Nelson (CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami), and Malena Dorn (CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward) With many youths struggling to cope with the ongoing effects of COVID-19, youth mentoring is becoming more important than ever before. In this news article, South Florida Reporter, […]

New study finds youth-initiated mentoring is associated with positive youth outcomes

van Dam, L., Blom, D., Kara, E., Assink, M., Stams, G.-J., Schwartz, S., & Rhodes, J. (2020). Youth Initiated Mentoring: A Meta-analytic Study of a Hybrid Approach to Youth Mentoring. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-020-01336-5 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Youth-initiated mentoring is a unique, hybrid approach that has the potential of combining features […]

[Webinar] The Importance of Being Present: Webinar on the importance of relationships in youth mentoring

Date: Dec. 8, 2020, 3:30 pm – 5 pm CET  Ever wondered how youth mentoring can be improved to better serve young people?  In this upcoming webinar, Dr. Bernadine Brady and Prof. Pat Dolan will discuss how we can change our perceptions of mentoring relationships by applying various theoretical perspectives and research findings from their […]

Promoting a sense of purpose and meaning through natural mentoring

White, A.E., Lincoln, B., Liang, B., Sepulveda, J., Matyjaszczyk, V., Kupersmith, C, Hill, N.E.,  & Perella, J. (2020). “My Mentor Thinks That I can Be Someone Amazing”: Drawing Out  Youths’ Passions and Purpose. Journal of Adolescent Research, 1 – 26. https://doi.org/10.1177/0743558420942481  Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although young people have more career paths to […]

New study explores volunteers’ motivations for mentoring youth

Miranda-Díaz, M., Clark-Shim, H., Keller, T. E., & Spencer, R. (2020). Determinants of Motivation for Mentoring Among Adults Volunteering to Mentor Youth. Journal of Youth Development, 15(4), 174–189. https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2020.881 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  A majority of mentoring programs depend on volunteers to mentor youth. This study aims to identify some key factors that […]

Strengthening Connections: Mentoring Youth During a Pandemic

By U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, National Mentoring Resource Center Youth mentoring relies on the power of human connections. Maintaining those connections in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic may be challenging, but it is an important and worthwhile effort. As President Trump said, “Mentors serve not only as […]

New study highlights mentors’ role in connecting mentees to new opportunities

Austin, L. J., Parnes, M. F., Jarjoura, G. R., Keller, T. E., Herrera, C., Tanyu, M., & Schwartz, S.E. O. (2020). Connecting Youth: The Role of Mentoring Approach. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-020-01320-z Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Although formal mentoring strives to develop and strengthen mentor-mentee relationships beyond formal mentorships, there’s still […]

How mentor moods can influence relationship quality

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 […]