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Engaging with parents
Date: September 13th, 2016

Young people, youth mentoring providers, educators and researchers agree: parents’ actions and attitudes have major impacts on a young person’s development. They agree on something else, too: sometimes the best ways to involve parents in youth mentoring programs are elusive. Parents and other adults understand that they play important roles in young people’s lives, but …

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Why is it important to understand community disadvantage?
Date: August 2nd, 2016

At the time of writing author Rhys Price-Robertson was a Senior Research Officer with the Communities and Families Clearinghouse Australia. Disadvantage is not as simple as it was once assumed to be. There is much more to disadvantage than low incomes and high levels of unemployment, as important as these indicators are. In this Resource Sheet, …

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Building resilience in young people
Date: July 21st, 2016

In this month’s blog we are going to be exploring the idea of resilience. The capacity of young people to face, overcome and be transformed by adversity. While we all want to ensure that our young people lead engaged, meaningful and pleasurable lives, the reality is that random and chaos happens in the universe and that …

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Cross-cultural mentoring
Date: June 25th, 2016

A great deal of discussion is happening across Australia about immigration. Fear, misperceptions, and lack of information have created a climate of uncertainty about offering support, services or a helping hand to many groups of “new” Australians. However, by taking the time to gain awareness and reconfirm your support to help young people—all young people—you …

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Research Monthly: June
Date: June 9th, 2015

It’s good to know that you got somebody that’s not going anywhere: Attitudes and beliefs of older youth in foster care about child welfare-based natural mentoring Johanna K.P. Greeson, Allison E. Thompson, Samira Ali, and Rebecca Stern Wenger. “It’s good to know that you got somebody that’s not going anywhere: Attitudes and beliefs of older …

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To re-match or not to re-match? That is the question.
Date: January 20th, 2015

There is a long held view in the youth mentoring sector that the longer the mentoring match lasts, the better the outcomes of the relationship. So when Jean Rhodes, a leading mentoring researcher took on this question recently, her findings were quite interesting. Jean Rhodes, together with Jean Grossman, Christen Chang and Sarah Schwartz looked …

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Mentoring as tool against extremism
Date: August 27th, 2014

The killing of American journalist James Foley has reopened the debate about those who carry out acts of violence in the name of religious fundamentalism, and the issue of young Australians being radicalised has never been more live. The thought that over 150 Australians are fighting with militants in the conflicts in Syria and Iraq …

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But does it work?
Date: May 14th, 2014

As we stare down the barrel of an austerity budget, the expectations of funders for hard results from all sections of the charitable sector will become more rigorous. Funding agencies and policymakers will require programs to follow evidence based best practices when designing and implementing programs and will compare the impacts to those found in …

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Social media and the new landscape of youth mentoring
Date: April 15th, 2014

Social media and social networking offer numerous ways to engage with volunteers, youth and staff and the majority of mentoring organisations report using some type of social media to connect with their stakeholders. Additionally, many of today’s youth use social networking as one of their primary methods of communication and it can be a wonderful …

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Youth Initiated Mentoring
Date: February 18th, 2014

In this newsletter edition of ‘In the Loop’ we turn the spot light on research focused on Youth Initiated Mentoring (YIM) – a novel approach to mentoring in which youth select mentors from the community of adults who are already part of their social networks. The concept builds on the emotional bond between an adult …

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