Research

Welcome to MENTOR Canada's Resource Library pertaining to our State of Mentoring Research.

Browse our collection of research summaries, articles, webinars, and much more.

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State of Mentoring Data Dashboard

The State of Mentoring Interactive Data Dashboard allows you to explore detailed data pertaining to:

  1. Who has access to mentors?
  2. Who has access to formal mentors?
  3. Who reports unmet need with regards to access to mentors?

You can refine your exploration of the data by looking at 3 demographic characteristics: location, gender, and age.

Find here: State of Mentoring Data Dashboard

Reports

 

 

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Mapping the Mentoring Gap

This study seeks to understand young adults’ access to and experiences of mentoring during their childhood and adolescence (up to 18 years of age). Between January and March 2020, 2,838 young adults aged 18 to 30 participated in the National Youth Mentoring Survey.

Read: Mapping the Mentoring Gap

 

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Capturing the Mentoring Landscape

This study seeks to increase our understanding of the prevalence, scope, structure, strengths and challenges of youth mentoring programs and services across Canada.

Read: Capturing the Mentoring Landscape

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Raising the Mentoring Profile

This study explores adults’ views about youth mentoring as well as their interest and capacity to become mentors to young people outside of their immediate family. The goal is to better understand the barriers and facilitators to mentoring and ultimately increase the number of adults who mentor.

Read: Raising the Mentoring Profile

Executive Summaries

 

 

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Mapping the Mentoring Gap

This study seeks to understand young adults’ access to and experiences of mentoring during their childhood and adolescence (up to 18 years of age). Between January and March 2020, 2,838 young adults aged 18 to 30 participated in the National Youth Mentoring Survey.

Read: Mapping the Mentoring Gap

 

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Capturing the Mentoring Landscape

This study seeks to increase our understanding of the prevalence, scope, structure, strengths and challenges of youth mentoring programs and services across Canada.

Read: Capturing the Mentoring Landscape

Research

Raising the Mentoring Profile

This study explores adults’ views about youth mentoring as well as their interest and capacity to become mentors to young people outside of their immediate family. The goal is to better understand the barriers and facilitators to mentoring and ultimately increase the number of adults who mentor.

Read: Raising the Mentoring Profile

Research Summaries

 

 

PROGRAM PRACTICES

MONITORING & sUPPORT

It Takes a Village to Break Up a Match

Summary of study that looked at the influence that relationships between mentors, caregivers, and program staff have on the success or failure of mentoring relationships.

Read: It Takes a Village to Break Up a Match

RELATIONSHIP QUALITY

RESEARCH

Predictors of Mentoring Relationship Quality

Summary of a study that looked at the ingredients of high-quality relationships from the perspectives of youth and parents participating in a Big Brothers Big Sisters 1-to-1 program.

Read: Predictors of Mentoring Relationship Quality

PROGRAM PRACTICES

RESEaRCH

BIPOC

Examining the Potential Risk of the Dominant Culture Mentoring Marginalized Youth

Summary of a study that critically explored the issue of matching mentors and mentees across cultural, racial, or socioeconomic lines, the risks it entails and the steps programs can take to alleviate the risks.

Read: Examining the Potential Risk of the Dominant Culture Mentoring Marginalized Youth

PROGRAM PRACTICES

RESEARCH

RELATIONSHIP QUALITY

A Conceptual Model of Attunement for Youth Development Settings

Summary of a study that explores the usefulness of a new approach to training that can help staff members and mentors work together to build stronger relationships with mentees.

Read: A Conceptual Model of Attunement for Youth Development Settings

PROGRAM PRACTICES

RESEaRCH

Staff Support Contact and Mentor Volunteer Experiences

Summary of a study that explores how program monitoring and support practices can influence mentor volunteering experiences and perceive quality of support.

Read: Staff Support Contact and Mentor Volunteer Experiences

RESEaRCH

BIPOC

Mentoring Relationships and the Mental Health of Aboriginal Youth in Canada

Summary of study that compared the experiences and outcomes of Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth participating in a Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Canada.

Read: Mentoring Relationships and the Mental Health of Aboriginal Youth in Canada

RESEARCH

YOUTH-INITIATED MENTORING

Youth-Initiated Mentoring: Meta-Analysis

Summary of a meta-analysis that explored existing research on youth-initiated mentoring and youth outcomes.

Read: Youth-Initiated Mentoring: Meta-Analysis

Webinars

 

 

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Canadian Mentoring Symposium 2020

State of Mentoring Research 

Growing the Canadian evidence base for quality mentoring is front of mind for us and this third webinar from our Canadian Mentoring Symposium 2020 was on the topic of research. MENTOR Canada's Director of Research, Veronique Church-Duplessis, highlighted some of our preliminary findings about young Canadians' access to mentors and experiences of mentoring. We also shared details about our ongoing research projects focused on youth, mentoring service providers, and mentors.

Watch: State of Mentoring Research 

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State of Mentoring Preliminary Findings

Sharing Findings: Experiences & Perspectives of Mentors and Mentees in Canada

Hear from our Director of Research and SRDC as they share results from the interviews we conducted with mentors and with young people as part of research on State of Mentoring in Canada. Learn about the key themes that emerged from our qualitative research. 

Watch: Sharing Findings: Experiences & Perspectives of Mentors and Mentees in Canada

research  into Practice

Webs of support

Understanding and Leveraging Webs of Support during Youth Transitions across Educational and Career Pathways with Dr. Shannon M. Varga

This first webinar from the series Research into Practice (Fall 2020) was co-hosted by the Canadian Centre for Mentoring Research and featured Shannon M. Varga as a guest speaker. It introduced a webs of support framework for understanding the dynamic ecology of relationships in a young person’s life.

Watch: Understanding and Leveraging Webs of Support during Youth Transitions across Educational and Career Pathways with Dr. Shannon M. Varga

research into Practice

Quality mentoring relationships

informal mentoring

Everyday Mentoring with Sophia Duck

This second webinar from the series, Research into Practice (Fall 2020), was co-hosted by the Canadian Centre for Mentoring Research and featured Sophia Duck from the Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania as guest speaker. The discussion focused on the importance of everyday mentoring and informal mentoring. The presentation introduced the tenets of everyday mentoring and resources to help every adult develop their skills to be a mentor. 

Watch: Everyday Mentoring with Sophia Duck

Research into Practice

Youth-Initiated Mentoring

Youth Transition

Network Engaged Mentoring

Newer Approaches to Mentoring Older Adolescents with Dr. Sarah E.O. Schwartz

This third webinar from the series, Research into Practice (Fall 2020), was co-hosted by the Canadian Centre for Mentoring Research and featured guest speakers Dr. Sarah E.O. Schwartz, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Suffolk University, as well as Ben Dantzer, a Ph.D. student at the University of British Columbia with his dissertation focusing on the benefits of youth-initiated mentoring. The discussion focused on ways in which youth-initiated mentoring relationships and networks of support foster healthy outcomes during the transition to adulthood.

Watch: Newer Approaches to Mentoring Older Adolescents with Dr. Sarah E.O. Schwartz