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Sep 21: Neurodiversity & Mentoring Webinar

Date: Sep 21, 2023, 01:00 PM EST In an era where the term “neurodiversity” is gaining recognition, it’s essential for people to understand what it truly means. Neurodiversity describes the diverse variations and functionalities in people’s brains. This webinar explores the implications neurodiversity has in the realm of youth mentoring and programming. Joining this event […]

[Webinar] Tune In!: Mentee-Approved Strategies for Addressing Tough Topics

Date: Aug 24, 2023, 1:00 PM EST Finding ways to support youths who want to talk about sensitive topics or are experiencing difficulties can be tricky for program staff and mentors to navigate. Because youth have a lot of opinions about how adults can support them, their perspectives can provide insights into improving mentoring programs. […]

AI-enabled tutoring holds promise–with some big caveats

By Frederick Hess, Reprinted from Forbes In education policy circles, there’s a lot of enthusiasm regarding the promise of AI-enabled tutoring. After all, a huge stumbling block for tutoring has been the limited number of affordable, reliable, and skilled tutors. That’s why ubiquitous AI could be such a game-changer. But there’s reason to fear that […]

The 4 People in Schools Who Students Are Most Likely to Call a Mentor

By Arianna Prothero, Reprinted from EducationWeek Ask educators and they’ll tell you that their students’ motivation to work hard and try their best in school is suffering. Eighty percent of teachers, principals, and district leaders surveyed in early 2023 by the EdWeek Research Center said that the pandemic had made their students less motivated. Mentoring […]

Mentors helping students prepare for college: More than just making the grade

Woods, C. & Preciado, M. (2016). Student–Mentor Relationships and Students’ College Attitudes. Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk (JESPAR), 21(2), 90-103. DOI: 10.1080/10824669.2015.1127767 Summarized by Justin Preston   Introduction Research has demonstrated that low-income high school students are less likely to plan for college, apply to selective colleges and universities, and complete a […]

Natural mentoring among college students of color: New study explores the role of ethnic-racial identity and psychological well-being

Garcia-Murillo, Y., Sánchez, B., Carter, J. S., McMahon, S. D., & Schwartz, S. E. (2023). Natural mentoring among college students of color: Considerations for their ethnic-racial identity and psychological well-being. Journal of Community Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.23064 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: College students of color in predominately White institutions (PWIs) have poorer graduation and retention […]

Mentoring Latinx youth seeking technology careers

Denner, J., & Torres, D. (2023). How natural mentoring is used by Latinx youth at a community technology center. Journal of Latinos and Education, 22(1), 339-356. Summarized by Ellen Parry Luff Notes of Interest Despite the rapid growth of the technological workforce in America, Latinx are underrepresented in the field of technology.  Evidence shows that mentoring […]

Highlighting racism and unequal access to mentors in schools

Flitner, A., McQuillin, S., Kornbluh, M., & Thompson, D. (2023). Spotlighting racism in schools: Teacher mentors and the mediating effect of school safety. American Journal of Community Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12680 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Evidence shows that access to supportive relationships with adults and feeling safe at school increases the likelihood of youth success. However, […]

Social media survey has implications for mentoring

The American Psychological Association (APA) released a report that explores the impact of technology and communication on stress levels in the United States. In addition to the insight the report provides on broader trends in our relationships with technology, social media, and work, there are some important takeaway lessons for mentoring programs and mentors. While […]

Capital & core mentoring: supporting system-involved youth

Gowdy, G., Spencer, R., Udofia, I., Fennell, Z., & Jones, A. (2023). Core and capital mentoring—in real life: A qualitative exploration of different types of youth-initiated mentoring relationships with systems-involved youth. Journal of Adolescent Research, https://doi.org/10.1177/07435584231176013 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Mentoring is a well-known approach that can prevent systems-related outcomes (e.g., delinquency) as well […]