Mentoring: Expert Voices on New Research and Best Practices


January is National Mentoring Month, and researchers at the UVA School of Education and Human Development are contributing to a rapidly growing body of research on how and why effective mentoring works. The School is also home to a number of mentoring programs, including one launched by an undergraduate student. See below to learn more about the many ways that the School is advancing mentoring efforts to support positive youth development.

  • Three Ways to Become A Better Mentor


    Michael Lyons, a school psychologist at UVA’s Curry School of Education and Human Development who has been researching mentoring for years, shares important advice.

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  • Research: Measuring Key Processes In Youth Mentoring


    What makes some mentoring programs beneficial and how do these benefits occur? The answer requires looking into the processes that make up mentoring interactions; to understand the “how” of mentoring.

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  • First-Generation UVA and Local Students are Rising Together


    A mentoring program started and led by fourth-year Youth and Social Innovation student Bryan Christ pairs UVA students with local high-schoolers, many of them working to be the first in their families to attend college.

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  • Youth-Nex Researchers Awarded Mentoring Grant


    A William T. Grant Foundation award will support the development of Lora Henderson, an early-career researcher, and Jessika Bottiani, a researcher who is seeking to strengthen her skillset in providing equity- and culture-sensitive mentorship.

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