The Untapped Potential of “Natural Mentoring”

In the United States, there are more than 5,000 mentoring organizations that facilitate “stranger to stranger” matches that support young people during the challenging period of adolescence—but only 5 percent of the participants are successfully matched with a volunteering mentor.

But there is an alternative system that has been around for millennia: natural mentoring. In Greek mythology, it is Odysseus’ friend and adviser Mentor who takes care of his son when he departs to Troy. Today, natural mentors might be uncles, aunts, neighbors, teachers, sports coaches and acquaintances, on whom young people naturally fall back when times are difficult. And the positive impact can be tremendous. Læs videre “The Untapped Potential of “Natural Mentoring””

Flere frivillige engagerer sig i episodiske indsatser 

De episodiske frivillige udgør nu næsten lige så stor en andel som de faste frivillige. Det viser CFSA’s nye befolkningsundersøgelse af danskerne frivillige engagement. I et nyt videnstema dykker vi ned i tallene og undersøger muligheder og dilemmaer i udviklingen af det frivillige engagement. Læs videre “Flere frivillige engagerer sig i episodiske indsatser “

From “out of the park” mentoring relationships to consistent, evidence-based approaches

by Jean Rhodes

For years, I was stubbornly convinced that formal mentoring programs should focus mostly on creating and maintaining deep, emotional bonds. I saw attempts to scale back on relationship length and strength, or to rely on curricula, as existential threats to the field–destined to reduce already modest effects. But, evaluations and meta-analyses of youth mentoring evaluations do not support this approach. Læs videre “From “out of the park” mentoring relationships to consistent, evidence-based approaches”

Why youth mentoring programs should prioritize mental health

by Jean Rhodes

Although youth mentoring programs should continue to target the full range of issues (e.g.., academics, college access, job skills), mental health and wellness are particularly important priorities. The basic contours of formal mentoring relationships follow those of professional helping relationships (e.g., meeting once a week in mostly one-on-one relationships), and many youth mentees present with acute symptoms of anxiety, depression, and social, emotional, and behavioral struggles that impede their academic performance and other upstream goals. What’s more, concerns about mental health are often what prompt parent and teacher referrals, and mentoring programs appear to be particularly successful in moving the needle on depression in vulnerable youth. Læs videre “Why youth mentoring programs should prioritize mental health”

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring | Four takeaways from a forthcoming book on youth mentoring

By Jean Rhodes

When I wrote Stand by Me: The risks and rewards of mentoring today’s youth more than 15 years ago, I assumed that it would be my final, book-length manuscript on youth mentoring.  As I  complete yet a second book on the topic, I am struck by just how much has changed in the ensuing years. Although decades in the making, wealth inequality has soared, throwing a disgraceful 22% of U.S. children below the poverty line. A widening gap between wealthy and poor schools and communities has constrained the talents and economic mobility of a generation of youth. The forces of inequality have also conspired to shift the landscape of mentoring, including its optimal role and reach. Læs videre “The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring | Four takeaways from a forthcoming book on youth mentoring”

Three years after the launching of the European Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring: Where do we stand and what are the next steps?

In the spring of 2016, the European Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring was launched in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, in the presence of 150 mentoring professionals from all over Europe. A mainly grass-root initiative of strong mentoring practitioners and researchers, with the mission of increasing the quality, reach and visibility of the mentoring field in Europe. We do this in strong collaboration with the UMass MENTOR Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring and the National Mentoring Partnership to learn from their large amount of existing know-how.

By Szilvia Simon, European Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring Læs videre “Three years after the launching of the European Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring: Where do we stand and what are the next steps?”

Konference i Odense 24 april: Peer-fagligheden i fokus – når de levede erfaringer bliver til erfaringskompetencer

I de seneste år har der været en stærkt stigende tendens til at ansætte mennesker, der selv har erfaring med psykiske vanskeligheder og recovery. Der er tale om en bevægelse, der peger i retning af en ganske omfattende kulturændring i både de regionale og kommunale indsatser. En ny faggruppe, hvis viden og faglighed primært er erfaringsbaseret, spirer frem. Den peer-faglige tilgang er med til at udfordre det eksisterende, men kommer også med store gevinster.

På konferencen vil vi stille skarpt på viden om peer-faglighed og erfaringer med denne fra praksis, men også det bredere perspektiv og hvilken forskel det kan gøre, når ressourcefortællingerne får lov til at folde sig ud.

Sociolog Anders Petersen, som vil give sit bud på hvilken betydning det har, ud fra et samfundsmæssigt perspektiv, at skabe de nødvendige forudsætninger for, at menneskelige færdigheder, evner, kapaciteter og kompetencer – der ellers ikke opfattes som anerkendelsesværdige i præstationssamfundet – kan betragtes som værdifulde ressourcer i samtiden. Læs videre “Konference i Odense 24 april: Peer-fagligheden i fokus – når de levede erfaringer bliver til erfaringskompetencer”

Lars Qvortrup: Her er 5 ting, vi har lært af turboforløb

Turbolæring og intensive læringsforløb er gode eksempler på, at når forskning og praksis arbejder tæt sammen om et komplekst problem, kan området udvikle sig til et laboratorium, der gavner dem, det hele handler om; nemlig de udsatte børn og unge, som i dag halter massivt bagud i uddannelsessystemet.

Sådan har det ikke altid været. For nogle år siden blev ‘turbolæring’ eller ‘intensive læringsforløb’ lanceret som den trylleformular, der kunne løse problemerne med elever, der ikke var uddannelsesparate, hvad enten det handlede om udfordrede drenge, anbragte børn og unge eller børn med en uddannelsesfremmed social baggrund.

Man kan ikke forvente kæmpeeffekter på kort tid. Det er det lange, seje træk, der tæller

Lars Qvortrup, professor, DPU

LøkkeFondens DrengeAkademi og Lær for Livet, der blandt andet støttes af Egmont Fonden, er bare to eksempler. Ja, der stod i regeringsgrundlaget i 2015, at elever, der er fagligt udfordret i folkeskolen »skal have mulighed for at tage et turboforløb med henblik på at blive uddannelsesparate«, og forventningerne om læringsmæssige kvantespring var store.

En undersøgelse af Epinion i 2016 tydede på, at halvdelen af landets kommuner tilbød intensive læringsforløb i en eller anden form. Så der har både været store forventninger og brugt mange penge på indsatserne. Læs videre “Lars Qvortrup: Her er 5 ting, vi har lært af turboforløb”

Peer-fagligheden i fokus – når de levede erfaringer bliver til erfaringskompetencer

I anledningen af Forskningens Døgn 2019 inviterer Peer-Netværket Danmark og Barfodsforskerne* til konference i Odense den 24. april.

I de seneste år har der været en stærk stigende tendens til at ansætte mennesker, der selv har erfaring med psykiske vanskeligheder og recovery. En bevægelse, der peger i retning af en ganske omfattende kulturændring i både de regionale og kommunale indsatser. En ny faggruppe hvis viden og faglighed primært er erfaringsbaseret, spirer frem. Den peer-faglige tilgang er med til at udfordre det eksisterende, men kommer også med store gevinster.

Hvad kan peer-faglighed tilføre ?

Yderligere information og tilmelding her

Five key takeaways from a comprehensive new meta-analysis of youth mentoring

Our review included all outcome studies of intergenerational, one-on-one youth mentoring programs written in the English language between 1975 and 2017, using rigorous inclusion criteria designed to align with developmental theories of youth mentoring.  A multilevel meta-analytic approach was used to estimate the overall effect size of youth mentoring programs, as well as explore predictors of variability in effect sizes.

What we found: Analysis of 70 mentoring outcome studies, with a sample size of 25,286 youth (average age of 12 years old) revealed that the mean effect of mentoring on youth outcomes was .21. We conclude that mentoring programs remain a modestly effective intervention for youth at-risk for a range of psychosocial and academic problems across diverse outcome domains. There may be particular benefits to targeted, time-limited approaches that draw on the service of volunteers or paraprofessionals with helping experience. Læs videre “Five key takeaways from a comprehensive new meta-analysis of youth mentoring”

YIM – Youth-initiated mentoring: An idea whose time has come

Klik for video

A growing number of studies have demonstrated the benefits of youth-initiated mentoring (YIM). Rather than being assigned a mentor, young people are provided with the skills and scaffolding to recruit caring adults from within their own networks. Last week, we highlighted a study in which Dutch researchers successfully demonstrated the effectiveness of this approach as an alternative to out-of-home placements. They created a video that describes the rationale for and findings of their method. Læs videre “YIM – Youth-initiated mentoring: An idea whose time has come”

Match Brussels – An advocacy event

Mentoring Meet and Match Brussels – An advocacy event

The European Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring organizes in collaboration with national and regional partners a Mentoring Meet & Match in Brussels, on 18/19 March 2019. It is the second time that such an event takes place, connecting mentoring organizations, universities, businesses and policy makers from all over Europe.

This two-yearly event in Brussels focuses on strengthening the communication between the mentoring field and EU decision- and policy making. It is also a major step for the mentoring field to advocate for the personal, social and economic effects of mentoring. The events translate the impact of mentoring on the lives of people to EU public policy. Læs videre “Match Brussels – An advocacy event”

The many invisible forces: Why mentoring “best practices” are sometimes not enough

My resolution for 2019 is to finally complete and submit my new book, tentatively titled “Rethinking Mentoring.” One thing I discuss is in the book is that, despite careful screening and interviewing, evidence-based training and case management, and even intuition informed by long experience, there is a fair amount of luck involved in determining whether a relationship ends up among those that flourish or the nearly half that fail! The stakes are high; so a growing number of studies have tried to discover additional indicators that might help us identify mentors and youth who will thrive, as well as those at high risk for early termination. Here are some key factors that matter.  – – -by Jean E. Rhodes Læs videre “The many invisible forces: Why mentoring “best practices” are sometimes not enough”

I halvdelen af landet har mere end hver tyvende voksne en psykiatrisk diagnose

I over halvdelen af landets kommuner har over fem procent af de voksne indbyggere en psykiatrisk diagnose. Især angst, depression og bipolare lidelser fylder, og antallet er på landsplan steget med 22 procent på bare fem år. Det er vigtigt med en diskussion om, de konsekvenser udviklingen har, lyder det fra flere sider. Læs videre “I halvdelen af landet har mere end hver tyvende voksne en psykiatrisk diagnose”