Expert Corner

A fable about mentoring and being close with those we love

A fable about mentoring and being close with those we love

By Dr. Tim Cavell In a study done over 30 years ago, researchers pulled first graders from different classrooms and had them interact together in a new playgroup several days in a row. Selected were children who well liked by classmates and children who were actively disliked. Also in the playgroups were children who were […]

By November 20, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Linking Evidence and Practice: A Fresh Look at the Core Elements of an Increasingly Diverse Mentoring Landscape

Linking Evidence and Practice: A Fresh Look at the Core Elements of an Increasingly Diverse Mentoring Landscape

By Mike Garringer One of the things that we like to do from time to time here at the Chronicle is to tell our readers about big new projects that might impact the way they think about or conduct their work in the future. It’s not very often that something comes along that has the […]

Overcoming cultural mistrust in youth mentoring relationships

Overcoming cultural mistrust in youth mentoring relationships

by Bernadette Sánchez, PhD. Adolescents of color report experiencing racial discrimination by adults, and they report increasing levels of discrimination as they get older (Greene, Way, & Pahl, 2006). These chronic experiences of discrimination coupled with the recent high profile cases in which Black youth are murdered by police officers and citizens are reason enough […]

New Mentoring Research

Peer mentoring: An effective vehicle for promoting healthy behaviors

Peer mentoring: An effective vehicle for promoting healthy behaviors

Petosa, R.L., & Smith, L.H. (2014). Peer mentoring for health behavior change: A systematic review. American Journal of Health Education, 45, 351-357. Introduction: We know that quality youth mentoring programs have been shown to promote a myriad of positive outcome for youth, however, little focus has been placed on the ability of youth mentoring programs […]

By November 11, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Childhood mentors have positive impact on career success

Childhood mentors have positive impact on career success

by Matt Shipman New research from North Carolina State University finds that young people who have had mentors are more likely to find work early in their careers that gives them more responsibility and autonomy — ultimately putting them on a path to more financially and personally rewarding careers.“We wanted to look at the long-term […]

By November 2, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Mentoring in the Digital Age: A survey and guidelines

Mentoring in the Digital Age: A survey and guidelines

Download the full paper here! Last year, the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring hosted a pre-summit short course on Mentoring in the Digital Age. The short course was packed with thoughtful presentations by leading scholars and lively discussions about the impact of social media on mentoring relationships. Post-doctoral fellow Sarah Schwartz unveiled the results of an ambitious, […]

By October 30, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Research From Related Fields

Talking about social class eases achievement gap: Implications for mentoring

Talking about social class eases achievement gap: Implications for mentoring

Posted by Clifton B. Parker-Stanford New research finds that talking about social class helps first-generation college students reduce the social-class achievement gap by as much as 63 percent. Using a “difference-education” approach, these students had higher grade-point averages and took better advantage of college resources than peers who didn’t participate in the discussion. Research has shown […]

By November 15, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Adolescent turning points: Helping young people make sense of adversity

Adolescent turning points: Helping young people make sense of adversity

Turning points, including unexpected deaths, serious accident or illness, natural disasters, etc., can change the path of one’s life.  And, according to researchers, when they strike during adolescence and early adulthood, when identity development is still in flux, they can be particularly influential and growth enhancing. For this growth to occur, however, survivors need to […]

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An evidence-based approach to improving youth’s emotional literacy

An evidence-based approach to improving youth’s emotional literacy

Fleischer, L. (2010). Developing emotional literacy: Transition planning for youth at risk. Reclaiming Children & Youth, 19 (1),  50-53. summarized by UMB doctoral students Laura Yovienne and Stella Kanchewa Problem: Transitioning from high school to college or the employment can be a daunting task. for many young people. Typical transition classes and planning tend to […]

By November 10, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Profiles in Mentoring

Why a syndicated columnist struggles with the terms “mentor” and “mentee”

Why a syndicated columnist struggles with the terms “mentor” and “mentee”

Editor’s note: Here’s some thoughts for those of us who have struggled somewhat with using “mentor” as a verb, and replacing protege with “mentee,” From the Christian Science Monitor The Monitor’s language columnist has made peace with ‘mentor’ as a verb; ‘mentee’ as the term for the one being mentored, not so much. By Ruth Walker OCTOBER […]

By November 11, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Why Kevin Spacey thinks we should “send the elevator back down”

Why Kevin Spacey thinks we should “send the elevator back down”

 by Jean Rhodes  I recently attended a lecture by Kevin Spacey at the University of Virginia in which he drew on provocative quotes from the House of Cards to dole out advice to the many students in attendance. Although most of it followed the usual contours of working hard and taking risks, he also talked about the vital role of mentors […]

By October 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Mathew Broderick describes how one mentor really made a difference

Mathew Broderick describes how one mentor really made a difference

My father, he was my man. I was very close to him. Even when I don’t wanna be like my father, I’m like my father. I notice it more now that I have children. I can’t help it. The good and the bad. But it’s mostly good. From the minute I saw Jason Robards, I wanted […]

By October 5, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Mentoring in the News

Generational Warfare Is a Media Myth: Seniors and Kids Need Each

Generational Warfare Is a Media Myth: Seniors and Kids Need Each

 By Michael D. Eisner and Marc Freeman (Reprinted from the Huffington Post) A public school in a gritty, industrial city, with most of its students growing up in poverty, but with scores near the top of educational performance charts for charter schools in the state of Ohio. What’s the secret of its success? Surprisingly, it […]

By November 18, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Mentor Foster Parents Featured in Herald News

Mentor Foster Parents Featured in Herald News

PHOTO/ HERALD NEWS PHOTO | JACK FOLEY Nanci Fiddes gets kissed by her her adopted children, Davien, 5, and Kryssa, 6. Published in the Herald News  (author unidentified) FALL RIVER — On a typical day, Nanci Fiddes is up at 5 a.m. making breakfast for her three kids so she can get them dressed in their […]

By November 11, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The important role that parents play in mentoring relationships

The important role that parents play in mentoring relationships

Posted by Kea Norrell-Aitch, Michigan State University Extension Most mentoring programs require adult mentors and youth mentees to spend a significant amount of time together. This one-on-one time is needed to form a trusting relationship and to become familiar with each other. Michigan State University Extension suggests parents be included in the match process to […]

By November 11, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Webinars, Podcasts & Forums

New posts in the iTunes “Mentoring U” podcast series

New posts in the iTunes “Mentoring U” podcast series

We are thrilled to announce the new Mentoring U audio podcast series. Now you can download episodes and learn about mentoring while you’re driving, cooking, etc.  Produced by award-winning radio host, Micheline Mann, the Chronicle’s podcast series was recently described by one listener as “like NPR for mentoring.” To get started, we have released 10 new podcasts for […]

By November 11, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Short Course series available online!

Short Course series available online!

Thanks to Evan Cutler, the Assistant Director of the MENTOR/UMB Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring, videos of all previous speakers are now available online. They cover the last two courses–one of mentoring youth in the foster care system and one on mentoring in the digital age. Although we recommend all of them, the talk about attachment […]

By September 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Register for the 2015 National Mentoring Summi

Register for the 2015 National Mentoring Summi

Registration Now Open! The 2015 National Mentoring Summit will take place January 28-30, 2015 at the Renaissance Washington, DC, Downtown, in the heart of our nation’s capital. The 2015 Summit will be extended to a three-day event to incorporate an advocacy activity on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, January 28. This event is the only national forum […]

By September 20, 2014 0 Comments Read More →