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[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 […]

Identifying key features of mentor self-disclosure in the context of youth mentoring

Dutton, H., Deane, K. L., & Bullen, P. (2020). Opening up: An exploration of youth mentor self-disclosure using laboratory-based direct observation. Children and Youth Services Review, 108, 104654. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.104654 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Self-disclosure helps strengthen existing relationships as well as help create new ones Despite the importance of having close mentoring […]

Young black men, mentoring, youth.

[Webinar] We see you: Mentoring Boys & Young Men of Color through a racial equity lens

Date: Thu, Apr 16, 2020 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EDT Description: The challenges facing Boys & Young Men of Color (BYMOC), though well-documented and heavily researched, continue to persist in communities across the United States. While bright spots exist through the work of organizations such as the 100 Black Men of America, the Campaign for […]

How a program supporting mentoring relationships affects the promotion of children’s developmental, social, behavioral outcomes and mental health

DeWit, D., DuBois, J., Erdem, G., Larose, S., & Lipman, E. (2016). The Role of Program-Supported Mentoring Relationships in Promoting Youth Mental Health, Behavioral and Developmental Outcomes. Prevention Science, 17(5), 646-657. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Analyzed the connection between developmental, behavioral, and emotional outcomes, as well as youth mentoring, based on the data from a […]

Youth mentoring: the motivation of volunteering and the validity of the volunteer function inventory

  Teye, AC,  Peaslee, L. (2020). Why mentor? A validation study of the volunteer functions inventory for use in youth mentoring. Journal of Community Psychology, 1– 19. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.22326 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Examines the validity of the Volunteer Functions Inventory, as well as the functional motivations of youth mentoring program volunteers  473 participants/mentors were […]