mentorship

October 18, 2017
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? This research is about the effectiveness of mentoring programs for children who experience externalizing and internalizing problems. Externalizing problems refer to behaviour-related issues, including aggression, ADHD, and drug/alcohol use. Internalizing problems refer to emotion-related issues, including depression, social anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. The research looks at the...
October 18, 2017
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? The number of youth mentoring programs has increased during the past several decades, as they are often seen as a good way to improve outcomes for ‘disadvantaged’ youth. Some argue, however, that mentorship also has the potential to keep up existing inequalities, because mentors often belong to groups who hold power and privilege, while youth mentees often come from marginalized...
October 13, 2017
With digital media use on the rise among adolescents and adults alike, youth-serving organizations, and mentoring programs in particular, are increasingly in the position of having to develop policies that take advantage of the potential benefits of social media use, while guarding against potential risks. However, little data exists on program policies or use of various forms of digital communication (i.e., texting, email, Facebook, Skype, photo sharing) in the context of youth mentoring relationships. There is also a lack of research on the perceived impact of digital communication on the...
October 03, 2017
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? This research focuses on the importance of culturally relevant care (CRC) in mentoring young Black and Latino men. CRC principles include encouraging “…a strong sense of community, rigorous demands, an integration of different cultures, and a general affirmation of one’s humanity” (p. 981). The authors look at CRC through the experiences of participants in the UMOJA Network for...
October 03, 2017
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? This research looks at the effectiveness of a tutoring and mentorship program for Black youth living in low-income areas as they enter ninth grade. It is a response to concerns about the high dropout rate in the USA. The decision to leave school is a complex one, based on multiple factors, including family situation, community, and the school itself. According to a 2011 review of...
October 03, 2017
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? This research is about a model for supporting the healthy development of young Black men based on Afrocentric principles and multi-generational mentoring, where unrelated elders play a key role. Many young people of colour live in communities that experience higher rates of violence and are often exposed to violence themselves, which can lead to post-traumatic stress, higher rates...
October 03, 2017
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? This research is about how meaningful relationships between youth mentors and mentees develop within group models (i.e. one mentor working with many youth). Successful mentoring relationships have been shown to help youth do better at school, and improve their self-esteem and emotional wellbeing. Yet most research so far has focused on general principles of relationship building in...
October 02, 2017
This factsheet was created by YouthREX.   This factsheet was developed by summarizing a review of research literature on mentoring Black youth.     Here's a sneak peek at what you can find in this factsheet: Avoid taking a deficits-based approach: As mentors often belong to privileged groups, and youth often come from marginalized communities, taking a deficits-based approach that focuses exclusively on lack and dysfunction can worsen existing inequalities. Don't have high volunteer turnover: Benefits to youth can be jeopardized when relationships with volunteer mentors end prematurely. Not...
October 02, 2017
This factsheet was created by YouthREX. The term ‘youth mentorship’ describes a supportive, caring relationship between a young person and a non-parental adult that makes a significant positive difference for both youth and mentor. This factsheet was developed by summarizing a review of research literature on mentoring Black youth.   Here's a sneak peek at some of the good practices you can find in this factsheet: Long-Term Relationships: Research shows that as relationships between mentors and youth continue for longer periods, outcomes for youth are strengthened. Relationship duration...
September 19, 2017
The purpose of this study was to evaluate an after-school program that is designed to meet the specific needs of African American youth. The program is called the Academic Cultural Enrichment (ACE) Mentorship Program and is sponsored, in part, by the Champaign Park District. The purpose of the program is to provide students with the competencies and skills needed to be involved, resilient, and successful. The program seeks to foster positive Black identities in the participants, and to develop strong math, reading, oratorical, and analytical thinking skills. The program has a strong African...