Here are some links to great resources – books and videos, that will help you understand, empathise and affect positive change with young people. Use the links where you find them necessary. Besides this, we think they’re fairly interesting;
The following books are all available from online book stores:
Mentor Me! The Complete Guide for Women Who Want to Mentor Girls Paperback – January 10, 2012
The Mentor’s Field Guide: Answers You Need to Help Kids Succeed (2012)
‘Designed to be a one-stop resource for mentors, this guide doesn’t flinch from the tough problems.
Using a helpful question-and-answer format, it addresses issues that include
How do I connect with my mentee?
What if I don’t like my mentee?
If my mentee is in serious trouble, how far do I go to help him?
Organized topically by issue, the book provides mentors with advice they need both in the ever-changing and sometimes challenging mentoring relationship and within the parameters of a mentoring program. For mentors, the book addresses the rewards as well as the risks of mentoring, while program leaders can use the challenges and solutions to help mentors understand their roles and equip them to handle tough mentoring issues.'(Publishers Notes)
Dr. Nadja Reilly talks about how to respond to a crisis situation with a youth struggling with depression, following her YMI lecture, “Nurturing the Emotional Lives of Adolescents: Identifying and Ministering to Youth at Risk for Depression.”
Dr. Nadja Reilly is a clinical psychologist, the Associate Director of the Freedman Center for Child and Family Development at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) and directed the Swensrud Depression Prevention Initiative (SDPI) at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Daniel Siegel debunks myths about the Teenage Brain and “raging hormones”. He discusses the changes and remodeling of the brain within the adolescent period. He asserts that people need to learn about these changes to support and meet adolescents with empathy and compassion.
Siegel outlines his “Brainstorm” approach, focusing on emotional spark, social engagement, novelty and creative exploration (ESSENCE) as important aspects during the adolescent time of development. Siegel asserts there are four key features to maintain healthy brain growth: keeping passion in your life, maintaining supportive social networks, trying new things and challenging your mind. This will not only helps adults navigate the adolescent mind to provide encouraging support for healthy development, but also support a “life of connection, meaning, equanimity and sense of purpose”
Mentoring Teen Workshop
Working with teens can be a challenging and rewarding experience. In this workshop, experienced tutors/teen mentors Jake Troxell, Chris Van Nest, and Alana Johnston discuss the foundations and building blocks for establishing a successful relationship with older students. Topics include forging an initial connection, listening and questioning, and dealing constructively with challenges that may arise.