Effectiveness of Programs

like Connected Futures for first generation and low-income college students

Studies show that these kinds of programs helped first-generation and low-income college students build their networks of relationships at college, which led to higher GPAs after just one year in college.

Closing the college achievement gap: Impacts and processes of a help-seeking intervention
McKenna F. Parnes, Stella S. Kanchewa, Amy K. Marks, Sarah E.O. Schwartz, Closing the college achievement gap: Impacts and processes of a help-seeking intervention, Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, Volume 67. (2020) [DOI]

“I’m Having a Little Struggle With This, Can You Help Me Out?”: Examining Impacts and Processes of a Social Capital Intervention for First-Generation College Students
Schwartz, S.E.O., Kanchewa, S.S., Rhodes, J.E., Gowdy, G., Stark, A.M., Horn, J.P., Parnes, M. and Spencer, R. (2018), “I'm Having a Little Struggle With This, Can You Help Me Out?”: Examining Impacts and Processes of a Social Capital Intervention for First‐Generation College Students. Am J Community Psychol, 61: 166-178. (2017) [PDF] [DOI]

Role of Mentoring Relationships

in the lives of youth

Learn more about “youth-initiated” approaches to mentoring that empower youth to create their own connections with adults, rather than assigning an unknown volunteer to mentor the student. These newer approaches have the potential to make mentoring relationships much more impactful, particularly for older youth. Recent evidence suggests that youth who can identify even one mentor in their lives show greater resilience, better relationships with their peers, fewer risky behaviors, and more academic and career success compared to youth who do not have a mentoring relationship in their lives.

The Long‐Term Impact of Natural Mentoring Relationships: A Counterfactual Analysis
Hagler, M.A. and Rhodes, J.E. (2018), The Long‐Term Impact of Natural Mentoring Relationships: A Counterfactual Analysis. Am J Community Psychol, 62: 175-188. (2018) [PDF] [DOI]

New research investigates long-term impacts of natural mentors
Preston, Justin. New research investigates long-term impacts of natural mentors. The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring, December 12, 2016. (2016) [DOI]

From Treatment to Empowerment: New Approaches to Youth Mentoring
Schwartz, S.E. and Rhodes, J.E. (2016), From Treatment to Empowerment: New Approaches to Youth Mentoring. Am J Community Psychol, 58: 150-157. (2016) [DOI]