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Mentors connecting with mentors

  Editors Note: In this column Gail Manza and Susan Patrick draw from their new book Mentor’s Field Guide, which is framed as a series of 67 answers to the most common questions that arise in youth mentoring.  Question #13: I want to connect with other mentors. How do I do that? First, follow your impulse […]

Register for the 2013 SUMMER INSTITUTE ON YOUTH MENTORING! Deadline extended Friday, May 17.

*2013 SUMMER INSTITUTE ON YOUTH MENTORING* *Portland State University* *July 22-26, 2013* Portland State University is proud to present the 2013 Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring. The Summer Institute offers a distinctive educational opportunity for experienced mentoring professionals. Participants attend an intensive week-long seminar presenting the latest developments in theory and research on youth mentoring. […]

FORUM: How does your program prepare youth for the mentoring experience?

Mentoring programs always place a premium on the training of mentors. After all, these are the individuals who deliver the essence of the program: a caring, meaningful relationship. But that relationship involves two people and it seems that properly preparing young people for the mentoring experience should have just as much impact on how their […]

Mentor’s Corner: Mentoring youth in foster care

Editors Note: In this column Gail Manza and Susan Patrick draw from their new book Mentor’s Field Guide, which is framed as a series of 67 answers to the most common questions that arise in youth mentoring.  Question 57. My mentee is in foster care. What does that mean? To begin, we urge you set aside […]

POLL: What new mentoring research do you think would be most beneficial?

The research base around youth mentoring has grown considerably over the last decade and it seems that every few months a new report or resource comes along that improves our understanding of how to deliver mentoring services and what they can achieve. Already this year we have the valuable insights from the Role of Risk […]

Adolescents’ development of skills for agency in youth programs

Larson, R., & Angus, R. (2011). Adolescents’ development of skills for agency in youth programs: Learning to think strategically. Child Development, 82 (1), 277-294. Problem: An objective of many youth programs often focus on  the development of agency skills, referring to “cognitive tools, including insights, precepts, knowledge, and action schemas that youth might employ to […]

Michael J. Karcher, Ed.D., Ph.D.

Michael J. Karcher, Ed.D., Ph.D., is the K-12 editor. He is a Professor of Counseling in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he coordinates the School Counseling Training Program. He conducts research on school-based and cross-age peer mentoring as well as on adolescent connectedness and pair counseling. He authored […]