What do students learn in mentoring?

This is a new article from 2024 by: Glømmen Anne Margrethe, Brevik Saethern Beate & Eriksson Rikard (2024) Students´learning outcomes from being a mentor in the Nightingale Mentoring Programme for Adult Refugees in Norway. Emerald Insight.

Most studies on mentoring refer to the benefits of having a mentor, whereas the benefits of being a mentor have been ignored a lot. But this article however shows some of the benefit and learning mentor get.
The results showed that mentoring changed the mentors’ perspectives towards improved understanding, more flexibility and approval of other cultures. It seems that mentoring expanded the mentors’ search for values, wishes and resources, including an awareness that our values, wishes and needs are more similar than different. Mentoring also seems to have improved the ability to reformulate, be flexible, strive to optimise user engagement and engage with people as they are, based on their own prerequisites

As one mentor describes it: ”It’s amazing to realize how limited my insight into other cultures actually is, even though I used to believe otherwise”

Click here to download it.

January and February Newsletter 2024

Dear Nightingale friends,

The 13th Network Meeting and Conference is approaching which as you know will take place in Spain, at the University of Girona, the 22nd of February – 23rd of February.
This Conference will be focusing on the theme “Intersectionality”, with a specific focus on gender and race dimensions. 
Here you can download the updated Conference Agenda.

The adress to the University, Faculty of Education and Psychology of the University of Girona is: Plaça Sant Domènec, 9, 17004, Girona

Remember to register!
Registration closes 16th of February 2024.
The registration fee is €200 until the 31st of January and €250 after this date until the registration deadline.

Looking so much forward seeing you all!
The board

December Newsletter

Dear Nightingale fríends,
this special newsletter contains details regarding our upcoming
13th International Nightingale Conference in Girona.

Here´s some essential information shared by our partners in Girona:

To travel to Girona you can fly to Barcelona Airport (the most common) or you can come directly to Girona Airport (but there are very few flights). 

There are no direct trains from Barcelona Airport to Girona. Therefore, it is necessary to take a train into the center of Barcelona to head out towards Northern Catalunya.
Take the Barcelona Airport train to Estació Sants. At Estació Sants you will need to change.If you are arriving into Terminal 1 (T1) you will not be able to walk straight to the train station, as it is 4km away. You will need to take a shuttle bus from outside the terminal.

There are numerous trains travelling from Estació Sants to Girona – approximately three every hour. On average the journey lasts about 1 hour 20 minutes. Check the RENFE Website for the train times.

Another option is to come by bus. We recommend you check the following Bus website for availability, timetables and pricing because they vary greatly depending on the time of year. Sometimes the services are running with reduced frequency or do not run at all. To know more details or other possible options, you can visit this website with all the information here

From Girona Airport
There are taxis available from Gerona airport. The taxi rank is right outside the terminal building. There’s also a free phone inside the arrivals hall where you can call for a taxi. There are two taxi firms that serve the airport. The taxis come from either Girona centre or from a village near the airport. 

Another option is by bus. Check information here

To know more details or other possible options, you can visit this website with all the information

Girona is not a very big city, so it is easy to find accommodation relatively close to the
University and the Train Station.
Here´s an image of the map and in this link you will find it with the location of the hotels, the University and the Train Station:

The most recommended hotels for quality/price are:
Hotel Carlemany Girona ****
📍 Plaça Miquel Santaló i Pavor, 1, 17002 Girona
👣 4 min by car / 5 min by walk from the Train Station
🎓 13 min by walk to the University of Girona

Hotel Penisular Girona ***
📍 Av. de Sant Francesc, 6, 17001 Girona
👣 8 min by car / 10 min by walk from the Train Station
🎓 10 min by walk to the University of Girona

Hotel Ultonia Girona ****
📍 Gran Via de Jaume I, 22, 17001 Girona
👣 6 min by car / 11 min by walk from the Train Station
🎓 9 min by walk to the University of Girona

Hotel Ciutat Girona ****
📍 Carrer del Nord, 2, 17001 Girona
👣 6 min by car / 12 min by walk from the Train Station
🎓 7 min by walk to the University of Girona

And last reminder, do not forget to register!
Register here

The board wishes you all a Happy holiday season, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
We look forward to seeing you in Girona 2024!

November Newsletter

Dear Nightingales,
another Nightingale year have started, and some have already been actively engaged for some month. 
Our upcoming live meeting in Girona for the 13th Nightingale Conference is getting closer. 

The board have had several meetings to deliberate upon the Conference, and we have almost finalized the program but there are some small things left. 
Shortly, you will receive the Conference link containing the agenda, recommended accommodations, and registration instructions, all essential for the confereence proceedings. 

The conference
Our 13th Conference will be held in the lovely city of Girona, focusing on the theme Intersectionality, with a specific focus on gender and race dimensions. 

Before we all meet we think it can be fruitful if partners begin to reflect about the topic before our workshop.

*Have you ever encountered a situation where your mentees or family members did not want to be paired with mentors of the opposite sex?

  • Have you ever encountered a situation where traditional gender roles were an obstacle to mentoring (e.g. girls having to take care of their younger brothers, etc.)? 
  •  Have you ever come across situations where, through the mentors, you discovered:

i) a situation of gender-based violence in the mentee’s family context?

ii) or bullying because of the mentee’s sexuality (homophobia, LGBTI-phobia, etc.)?

iii) Other?

How did you deal with it? How would you do it?

*Have you ever come across mentors who have a very paternalistic and nativist view of how mentoring should be carried out? For example, some mentors may even think that mentees need to adopt the cultural traditions of the host context in order to feel integrated?

  • Have you noticed that mentees have had difficulty making friends or feeling accepted because of their immigrant background?
  • Have you come across comments from mentors about mentees who have identified a situation of injustice because of their background? How can you reflect together and act as a project?

See you next year in Girona,
the board

June Newsletter

Dear Nightingale friends,

The Rossinyols in Girona have now officially invited us to the next Conference/Network Meeting:
February 22nd to February 23rd, 2024 in Girona.

The central theme of this conference will be Intersectionality, which short can be described as to explore how various factors such as gender, ethnicity, and socio-economic background can intersect and influence the opportunities and experiences of mentees and mentors.

The program will start on February 22nd at 09:00 with an Opening session.
There is a draft version of the program but it might be changed since the board will discuss it further again in the board meeting the 12th of September.
But if you now have any suggestions or ideas please let us know.

The fee for the Conference will be 200€ and includes coffee, lunch, guided tour and a joint dinner the first day. It also includes coffee and lunch second day (and renting the rooms and some gifts or profile products).

For partners arriving on the evening of February 21st, there will as usual also be a gathering at a restaurant this the evening.

Now this Nightingale year has gone to its end and we wish you a nice holiday whenever it starts.
We will be in touch again in September and will then let you know more about the Conference. But we hope you already now put the date into your agenda so we will be able to meet in February 2024.

The board wishes all of you a nice and relaxing summer vacation!

Also the AI wishes us this by writing something to us about our Nightingale mentoring Network.

“In the forest of career growth, where the trees are tall and strong, 
The Nightingale sings a song, 
of mentorship, of guidance and hope.

With a network of wise owls, and eagles who have soared high, 
The Nightingale brings together, mentors and mentees to fly.

The journey is not always easy, but with a mentor by your side, 
You can navigate through the dark, 
and reach the other side.

The Nightingale’s network is vast, 
and it knows no bounds or limits, 
for it is fueled by the passion, 
of mentors who are committed.

So if you seek to grow and learn, 
and want to soar to new heights, 
join the Nightingale’s mentoring network, 
and let your career take flight.”

Using observational dyadic methods – self disclosure

Dutton, H., Deane, K. L., & Overall, N. C. (2023). Using observational dyadic methods in youth mentoring research: Preliminary evidence of the role of actors’ and partners’ self-disclosure in predicting relationship quality. 

In this study, behavioral observations of youth mentorships were used to assess the potential impact of self-disclosure on relationship quality, considering who is disclosing and in what manner.
The study’s findings suggest that intimate disclosures made by mentors can assist mentees in assessing their mentors’ perceptions of them and their level of commitment to the relationship. And mentors who avoid making disclosures can make their mentees think that they don’t want to have a genuine relationship with them.

Mentor disclosure should be purposeful and foster youth empowerment, mentee receptivity, and empathy. In essence, mentors should ensure that the information they share with their mentees is valuable to the relationship and does not overwhelm them.

The researcher states that ongoing training and supervision are essential in assisting mentors in attuning to their mentees and making appropriate disclosures.

Click here to down load the article

May Newsletter

Happy news
Last meeting in Berlin the Nightingale flag has been passed on to our colleague at Girona University, Rossinyol, to arrange the next network Meeting/Conference for us!

Now it is decided- next Network Meeting/Conference 2024 will be held in Girona, Catalonia, Spain!

Carina hand over the flag to Núria

As usual, the event will take place in February, around Thursday the 22nd (plus or minus one day), 2024 during week number 8. We hope that all partners can participate, even though it may coincide with the holiday week in some countries.

The upcoming Board Meeting on May 15th will involve discussions on a draft version of the Network Meeting/Conference content, agenda, and themes to focus on. We will keep you updated as soon as possible following the meeting.

A new MENTOR evaluation to strengthened our network and the work we do together
During our recent Network Meeting in Berlin, we discussed the importance of compiling data and assessing the impact of Nightingale Mentoring across Europe.
Although we have conducted an evaluation in the past, we have decided to conduct a new one. We kindly ask that your mentors complete the evaluation before their mentoring comes to an end. This will help us gather important figures and measure the effects of our program.
Your mentors answer is of importance for all of us.
Please answer at latest Wednesday June 30th.
Click here to get the evaluation


Óscar Prieto

Youth Mentoring
The 14th annual Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring will be held in Portland State University July 24-27, 2023 and will focus on the theme of mentoring to address the public healthissue of loneliness and social isolation. Sessions with leading scholars will explore how mentoring can promote connection, social inclusion, and a sense of belonging.

Featured speakers for 2023 will include
Polly Gipson Allen (University ofMichigan), Westley Fallovollita (University of Virginia),
Oscar PrietoFlores (University of Girona, Spain),
Michael Karcher (University of Texasat San Antonio), and
Lindsey Weiler (University of Minnesota).

Click here to read more about it.

The yearbook of International Organizations
Nightingale Mentoring Network is listed in the Yearbook of International Organizations, a publication of the Union of International Associations. The organisation is an independent, not-for-profit research institute founded in 1907 to promote and facilitate the work of international associations.
Click here to read more

The upcoming newsletter in June, prior to the summer vacation, will contain additional details regarding the Network Meeting/Conference scheduled to take place in Girona.

Network Meeting in Berlin!

THANK YOU ALL Nightingale friends who joined the Network Meeting in Berlin.

With this meeting we demonstrate the value of mentoring, for us and for important institutions. (evaluation from a post-it note)

It was so nice to meet in real life again. 22 persons together from five different countries. It was really a kick-off event for feeling the importance of being together and meet.
Peters colleague have said they could hear our laughter to the next room and they could really feel the nice and warm atmosphere in the room. As one partner of us also wrote on the Post-it note: So much positive energy and inspiration!

Partners also agreed on how fruitful it was to be able to meet again and have experience exchange.  However, as one member pointed out, some network members have been in the Nightingale for a short time, and they may want to hear about how the program works and is organized in different places. This is something for the board to think about for next meeting. Maybe also prepare more before the meeting to be more effective, as another partner wrote.
The compilation of our Post-It notes it shows however very positive answers; from fruitful discussions, much positive energy and inspiration, fun and laughter, great food and love the guided tour!
If you want to read the compilation/evaluation from your post-it notes you can click here and download it.

A special thank you to Peter ( and his team in Berlin)

You will find more photos from Berlin on the page “For members”, click “Network Meetings.” If you have any photos you would like to share or publish on our webpage, please send them to Carina. Please also send photos, especially from the fantastic dinner at Otto Wells Grundshule.

The board will soon begin to work on the next Network meeting, next year, hopefully it will be held in Girona, Spain. If you have any special ideas or thoughts for next year meeting, please let us know.

It is so nice to share the news and success of The Nightingale project in Finland, now being published in a Finish Newsletter and also in the Finish Broadcast ( In Swedish. The reportage about The Nightingale starts after approximately 18 minutes)

Don’t forget to sometime look into Research page……it is updated continuously.

Ways to strengthen post- pandemic connections

It is clear Covid pandemic will have long- term effects in many different level, both on an individual level but also for school and a community level. This research uses Bronfenbrenner´s ecological model to show how Covid-19 disruption affected children and youth on both a macro and micro level (when schools were disrupted) and how important stakeholders were outside formal education engaged in promoting youth wellbeing and support.

Read the article

January Newsletter

Dear Nightingale friends and Network partners,
hope you all have had a relaxing vacation and are now back with new energy. We hope to meet you soon in Berlin and are looking forward to finally meet physically and to be able to have experience exchange together again.

Below you can see some important information about our 12th International Nightingale Network Meeting “The Nightingale- Past, Present and Future” in Berlin the 23rd – 24th of February.

As already mentioned we will work with the UN Global Goals. We want to highlight what has been and will in the future be the Nightingale values, by reflecting and compare our ideas with UN Agenda 2030.

HERE you can reach the homepage for the Network Meeting on the Berlin institute page. There are further information’s but more information will be added soon.

The Network Meeting will cost only 100€ and include everything: coffee, lunch, dinner and the cost of renting rooms, guided tours etc.

The registration fee had to be split due to different taxation. VIA THIS LINK you reach the registration for the network meeting. It is important that you fill in both check marks
30 € for the Conference Contribution and 70 € for the Conference Program.

Barcelona Rossinyols want to share some nice photos and info with you.

Here in Barcelona, like every year, we tried to increase the number of mentoring pairs, consolidating mentoring in different cities. Nowadays we are more than 100 pairs and all of them already know each other!
We want to highlight a girl who had a lot of communication difficulties and couldn’t speak in the school, family or with other people, but during the presentation we could see his eyes glaze with emotion. For us was key to see the impact of mentoring.

Biden is also sharing some thoughts with us about mentoring !

…even president Biden think mentoring is important, it open doors of opportunities and support children.

See you all in Berlin!