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2014 01 17

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What’s in a Relationship?


An Examination of Social Capital, Race, and Class in Mentoring Relationships
by S. Michael Gaddis, Department of Sociology, University of North Carolina

This research examines data from youths and mentors in several chapters of Big Brothers/Big Sisters to assess the importance of different mentoring relationship characteristics increasing positive outcomes among youths.
The literature on social capital suggests that key characteristics are: (1) the amount of time spent between individuals, (2) racial similarity,(3) level of trust, (4) social class difference, and (5) intergenerational closure.
Michael Gaddis examine the effects of these social capital measures on both academic and deviant behavioral outcomes and run estimations using propensity score weighting to address selection bias.
The results indicate that both the amount of time spent in a relationship and the level of trust consistently have positive effects for youths.

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New research on benefits of mentoring in 2014

A new research in USA (with more than 73 independent mentoring programs): “Mentoring Effect: Young People’s Perspectives on the Outcomes and Availability of Mentoring” shows significant positive outcomes for those who had a mentor. They were more likely to aspire to attend and to enroll in college, more likely to report participating in sports and other extracurricular activities in their communities.

The report describes a series of paths forward that would lead to a society where all young people have access to a quality mentoring relationship and the support they need to succeed in school, work and life. The recommendations include strategies to:

  • Utilize mentoring to address national challenges.
  • Ensure that young people most in need have a quality mentoring relationship.
  • Expand local, state and federal public policies that advance quality mentoring.
  • Ensure all structured mentoring is quality mentoring.
  • Support and increase private sector engagement in mentoring.
  • Facilitate connections between research and practice.
  • Explore innovations to close the mentoring gap.

Read more about it here

Developing narratives as a pedagogical approach to fostering professional interpersonal competences

2013 11 06

Developing narratives as a pedagogical approach to fostering professional interpersonal competences” made by Barbara Fresco, Lena Rubinstein Reich and Carina Sild Lönroth

Groups of university students and mentors in the Nightingale program have participated in seminars to develop professional interpersonal skills and contribute to improving empathy and perspective-taking abilities, developing self-knowledge, and enhancing communication skills.

Please download the PDF here.

New Contribution to Research

2013 10 30

An evaluation results of a youth mentoring program (“Baloo and You”) in Germany by Prof. em. Dr. H. Mueller-Kohlenberg, University of Osnabrueck.

The contribution has just been published in: “Mentoring: Practices, Potential Challenges and Benefits”. Ed. Michael F. Shaughnessy, NOVA Publishers, 2013.

Download research pdf here.

Article Evaluating “Balu und Du” by Sibylle Drexler, Brigitte Borrman and Prof. em. Dr. Hildegard Müller-­‐Kohlenberg

2012 11 07

Below is a link to  an article evaluating by Balu und Du by Sibylle Drexler, Brigitte Borrman and Prof. em. Dr. Hildegard Müller-­‐Kohlenberg (Professor emeritus of University Osnabrück, Germany).

Dr. Müller-­‐Kohlenberg is the co-­founder and initiator of the very successful mentoring “Balu und Du” in Germany and the member of the leaders board, responsible for concept development, etc. She was also recently a guest speaker at The Third International Nightingale Network Conference on 25th of October 2012 in Vienna. In her lecture she spoke about: “How to measure a child´s smile? How to evaluate a mentor´s key-­ competencies”. It was a presentation of the impacts on children and students and a field report about the cooperation with schools and parents in the programme.
 

The full title of the article, linked below, is “Learning life skills strengthening basic competencies and health-related quality of life od socially disadvantaged elementary school children through the mentoring program “Balu und Du” (“Baloo and you”) and is written by Sibylle Drexler, Brigitte Borrman, Hildegard Müller-Kohlenberg.

Download the article as a PDF here

Article on Nightingale mentoring in “Pedagogia i Treball Social”

2011 09 08

In the first number of the journal “Pedagogia i Treball Social”, Martin Grander has contributed with the article “Learning through mentoring –  Mentors as bearers of a model of learning for an integrated society.”

Download the article here

The complete first number of the journal can be found here

Nightingale represented at ECER 2011 in Berlin

2011 09 08

During September 12-17, the conference ECER on the theme Urban Education will take place in Berlin.  Representatives from the Nightingale Network (Òscar Prieto-Flores, Jordi Feu, Martin Grander, Petra Wieler and Alexandra Blankenburg) will present a symposium on the subject of mentoring. Read more:

Mentoring session information

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