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When mentors do this one thing, it can help reduce teen delinquency

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“When educators and coaches make kids feel like they matter, it reduces delinquency and destructive behavior. A new study led by a University of Kansas researcher reveals the importance of non-family adults in mentoring youth. “If you are made to feel useful and important to others, especially in this case by a non-kin and education-based mentor, then you are more likely to have a reduction in delinquency and dangerous behavior,” said Margaret Kelley, associate professor of American Studies.” (more)

OPINION: Many students who need mentors still don’t have them

The Hechinger Report – David Shapiro

“Since evidence emerged in the mid-1990s of the significant positive impacts that professionally supported volunteer mentors can have on young people, the field has grown. With limited funding and largely grassroots efforts, the strategy reaches an estimated 4.5 million young people who have mentors through structured programs run by nonprofits, schools and community centers. Many more young people, like Barahona, benefit from informal mentoring relationships with friends, neighbors, faith leaders, teachers, coaches, social workers and others. With a mentor, young people are more likely to stay in school, hold leadership positions, volunteer regularly, go to college and become mentors themselves.” (more)

Support for teachers: One-on-one online mentoring fills a niche

The Christian Science Monitor – Story Hinkley

“With more emphasis on teacher shortages right now – two new initiatives related to recruitment were announced in California in October – the search for ways to keep those already in the profession on track and able to help support students has become more urgent. Mentorships encourage better student performance and higher retention rates among teachers, studies show, leading school districts nationwide to make this form of professional development a priority. Particularly gaining more traction are online mentoring programs, such as the one Schonfeld is part of.”(more)

Freshman peer mentoring eases transition, improves high school success

Education Dive – Amelia Harper

“Summit High School in California uses a mentoring program called Link Crew that weaves upperclassmen, teachers and administrators into a web of support for 9th graders by providing every freshman with an assigned 11th- or 12th-grade student to guide them through the first year, Education Week reports.”(more)

Schools look for new ways to match students with mentors

Education Dive – Linda Jacobson

“According to MENTOR, young adults who have a mentor are less likely to skip a class or a day of school and are more likely to enroll in college and have better attitudes toward school. But there are specific elements that make some mentoring programs more successful than others. MENTOR in 2015 released the latest version of standards that can be applied in a variety of mentoring programs. Each program should have a recruitment process, screening, training, a matching and initiation period, a monitoring and support system, and a closure process.”(more)

How Women Mentors Make a Difference in Engineering

The Atlantic – Ed Yong

“For some women, enrolling in an engineering course is like running a psychological gauntlet. If they dodge overt problems like sexual harassment, sexist jokes, or poor treatment from professors, they often still have to evade subtler obstacles like the implicit tendency to see engineering as a male discipline. It’s no wonder women in the U.S. hold just 13 to 22 percent of the doctorates in engineering, compared to an already-low 33 percent in the sciences as a whole. Nilanjana Dasgupta, from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, thinks that mentors—people who can give advice, share experiences, or make social connections—can dismantle the gauntlet, and help young women to find their place in an often hostile field.”(more)