mentoring

September 20, 2017
Youth mentoring programs are in the limelight. Over three million young people have a Big Brother, a Big Sister, or a similar adult volunteer involved in their lives – a six-fold increase from just a decade ago – and generous federal funding continues to fuel new initiatives. This expansion speaks volumes about the faith our society places in one-on-one relationships between vulnerable young people and caring adults. But what do we know about the effectiveness of this intervention strategy? A better understanding of the research evidence for youth mentoring, including findings from reviews,...
September 20, 2017
Mentoring relationships may have an effect on student attrition. Astin (1984) and Tinto (1993) identified several factors that contributed to student attrition, including academic and social integration. According to Tinto, academic and social integration influence students’ decisions to persist in school or to drop out. Tinto found that various built-in characteristics such as family background, K-12 educational achievements, academic abilities, and other personal attributes significantly influenced rates of student persistence. Moreover, integrating students who enter college socially,...
September 20, 2017
This review examines research on mentoring for first-generation immigrant and refugee youth (FG-IRY) and is organized around four aspects of mentoring for these youth—its documented effectiveness, factors conditioning effectiveness, intervening processes for linking mentoring to outcomes, and the extent of reach and engagement and the quality of implementation of mentoring programs for FG-IRY. The research reviewed, although limited in scope, provides the basis for some preliminary conclusions about mentoring as provided to this population of youth. These include evidence that:  1.Both formal...
May 18, 2017
This podcast was produced by the National Mentoring Research Centre. HERE'S HOW THE PRODUCERS DESCRIBE THIS VIDEO: This podcast examines research on mentoring for Black boys and is organized around four topics: its documented effectiveness; the extent to which mentor, youth, and program characteristics influence effectiveness; the processes that link mentoring to outcomes in Black male youth; and the extent to which efforts to provide mentoring for Black male youth have reached and engaged these youth, been implemented with high quality, and been adopted and sustained by host...
May 11, 2017
This report was published by the American Institutes for Research. HERE'S HOW THE AUTHOR DESCRIBES THIS REPORT: This brief provides a look at the ways that mentoring programs may effectively serve African American boys. First, we present a list of promising programs that have been shown to effectively address the unique needs of African American boys, contributing to positive outcomes. These programs collectively inform our beliefs about how best to serve this population when mentoring is at least one part of the overall strategy. We have organized this information around core principles...
May 08, 2017
This report was published by the National Mentoring Resource Centre. HERE IS HOW THE AUTHOR'S DESCRIBE THIS REPORT:This review examines research on mentoring for Black boys and is organized around four topics: a) its documented effectiveness; b) the extent to which mentor, youth, and program characteristics influence effectiveness; c) the processes that link mentoring to outcomes in Black male youth; and d) the extent to which efforts to provide mentoring for Black male youth have reached and engaged these youth, been implemented with high quality, and been adopted and sustained by host...
March 06, 2017
This report was published by the National Mentoring Resource Center Population Review.   HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS REPORT: This review examines research on mentoring for first-generation immigrant and refugee youth (FG-IRY) and is organized around four aspects of mentoring for these youth—its documented effectiveness, factors conditioning effectiveness, intervening processes for linking mentoring to outcomes, and the extent of reach and engagement and the quality of implementation of mentoring programs for FG-IRY. The research reviewed, although limited in scope, provides the basis...
August 30, 2016
YouthREX Research Summaries ask Just Six Questions of research publications on key youth issues. These summaries get at what the youth sector needs to know in two pages or less!     1. What was this research about?Trauma-informed practice, in combination with positive youth development (PYD), offers promise for preventing youth violence. In the United States, racialized youth from low-income communities are more likely to experience violence which often results in post-traumatic stress. Exposure to this stress can negatively impact educational outcomes and interpersonal relationships.  This...
May 24, 2016
This factsheet was created by YouthREX, from content developed in Preventing Gang Involvement and Youth Violence: Advice for those Commissioning Mentoring Programs by Robyn M. O’Connor and Stephanie Waddell This checklist provides insights into choosing a mentoring program (population, interventions, outcomes, and evidence), commissioning a service (funding, risk management, and service delivery), and evaluating a commissioned service (monitoring processes and measuring impacts). Here's a sneak peak of what you can find in this factsheet:When choosing a program (population, interventions,...
March 09, 2016
Immigrant youth come to Canada with enormous potential to make a significant, positive contribution to the future of their adopted country. In many cases, this potential is realised; in others, it is not. The ease with which immigrant youth and their families integrate into Canadian society has a strong impact on their futures; those who become marginalised during this process risk becoming alienated or involved with the criminal justice system. Interviews were conducted with 12 stakeholders (including representatives from social service agencies, community groups and the criminal justice and...