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To re-match or not to re-match? That is the question.

There is a long held view in the youth mentoring sector that the longer the mentoring match lasts, the better the outcomes of the relationship. So when Jean Rhodes, a leading mentoring researcher took on this question recently, her findings were quite interesting. Jean Rhodes, together with Jean Grossman,
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Emotional intelligence

"At the heart of emotional intelligence is the ability to understand both ourselves and other people as emotional beings." (Howe, 2008) In his highly influential book, Emotional Intelligence (1995), Daniel Goleman argues that emotional intelligence (often called EI or EQ) is at least as important
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Mentoring as tool against extremism

The killing of American journalist James Foley has reopened the debate about those who carry out acts of violence in the name of religious fundamentalism, and the issue of young Australians being radicalised has never been more live. The thought that over 150 Australians are fighting with militants
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Building resilience in young people

In this month’s In the Loop we are going to be exploring the idea of resilience. The capacity of young people to face, overcome and be transformed by adversity. While we all want to ensure that our young people lead engaged, meaningful and pleasurable lives, the reality is that random and chaos
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But does it work?

As we stare down the barrel of an austerity budget, the expectations of funders for hard results from all sections of the charitable sector will become more rigorous. Funding agencies and policymakers will require programs to follow evidence based best practices when designing and implementing programs
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Social media and the new landscape of youth mentoring

Social media and social networking offer numerous ways to engage with volunteers, youth and staff and the majority of mentoring organisations report using some type of social media to connect with their stakeholders. Additionally, many of today's youth use social networking as one of their primary methods
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Cross-cultural mentoring

A great deal of discussion is happening across Australia about immigration. Fear, misperceptions, and lack of information have created a climate of uncertainty about offering support, services or a helping hand to many groups of “new” Australians. However, by taking the time to gain awareness and
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Youth Initiated Mentoring

In this newsletter edition of ‘In the Loop’ we turn the spot light on research focused on Youth Initiated Mentoring (YIM) - a novel approach to mentoring in which youth select mentors from the community of adults who are already part of their social networks. The concept builds on the emotional bond
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Welcome to 2014

Dear AYMN members and friends, A belated happy New Year to you all. I hope you celebrated the start of 2014 in good spirits with family and friends. Now that we’re a month into the New Year, it’s good to look ahead and think about what this year may bring us as a Network. But first, a quick look
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Christmas message

As is usually the case at this time of the year, we all reflect on how quickly the year has passed and it is incredible to think that we will be celebrating Christmas in just a few weeks, and in just a week after that, 2014 will have arrived. So as 2013 draws to a close we can reflect back on a very
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