Expert Corner

Peeling the onion: How many matches survive to the completion of programs?

Peeling the onion: How many matches survive to the completion of programs?

by David L. DuBois  Here’s a good question from Nina Jonson, Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota Director of Training and Outreach:  I am very new to the field of mentoring and am still plowing through research.  I got a question from a program wondering what is the average rate of success for matches (basically, what percentage […]

When is it the right time to close a struggling match?

When is it the right time to close a struggling match?

Although there are some obvious times when a mentoring match needs to end (such as a mentee moving away or a mentor seriously violating program rules), there are many other circumstances where matches fall into kind of a grey area. The mentor and mentee may not be meeting as frequently as they should or they […]

The Intervention is a Relationship

The Intervention is a Relationship

By: Kent Pekel, Ed.D and Peter C. Scales, Ph.D. Originally posted at Search Institute blog “I’ve read Paul Tough’s book and seen Angela Duckworth’s TED Talk and I’m sold that these noncognitive skills are important. What my school needs is a way to build those skills, but we also need another program like a hole in the […]

New Mentoring Research

Mentoring relationships as a protective factor for pregnant and parenting African-American teenagers

Mentoring relationships as a protective factor for pregnant and parenting African-American teenagers

Klaw, E., & Rhodes, J. (1995). Mentor relationships and the career development of pregnant and parenting African-American teenagers. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 19, 551-562. Mentoring relationships as a protective factor for pregnant and parenting African-American teenagers Problem: Growing up, African American young women — specifically those who are pregnant or already parenting — disproportionately face a myriad of […]

Study highlights importance of natural mentors across ethnic groups

Study highlights importance of natural mentors across ethnic groups

“The Role of Important Non-Parental Adults (VIPs) in the Lives of Older Adolescents: A Comparison of Three Ethnic Groups” (PDF, 201.56 KB), Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Volume 40, Number 3, March 2011. From Family and Youth Service Bureau  What it’s about: The authors surveyed a group of Hispanic, Asian-American and white adolescents, ages 17 […]

How mentoring affects academic outcomes: The role of relationship quality

How mentoring affects academic outcomes: The role of relationship quality

Bayer, A., Grossman, J. B., & DuBois, D. L. (2015). Using volunteer mentors to improve the academic outcomes of underserved students: the role of relationships. Journal of Community Psychology, 43(4), 408-429. Summarized by Bridget Nestor Introduction: School-based mentoring (SBM) refers to mentoring relationships in which mentors meet with mentees on school grounds, either during or immediately after […]

Research From Related Fields

Texting too Much? Implications of Text Messaging for Adolescent Well-Being

Texting too Much? Implications of Text Messaging for Adolescent Well-Being

By Tara Kuther, Society for Research on Adolescence Adolescents rely on text messaging to communicate with their friends more than any other form of contact, including face-to-face interaction. Most research to date on text messaging has relied on self-report surveys.  Underwood and colleagues conducted a naturalistic study of text messaging in 172 14-year old adolescents […]

Latino Adolescents’ Ethnic Identity is a Buffer Against Perceived Discrimination

Latino Adolescents’ Ethnic Identity is a Buffer Against Perceived Discrimination

Submitted by Amy Glaspie  By Tara Kuther  As adolescents’ social worlds expand, they become increasingly aware of, and sensitive to, the views of others. Perceived ethnic discrimination poses risks for adolescents’ adjustment. Ethnic identity, the degree to which one identifies with the values, attitudes, and behaviors of one’s culture, increases in salience during adolescence and […]

To disclose or not to disclose, that is the question

To disclose or not to disclose, that is the question

Henretty, J., & Levitt, H. (2010). The role of therapist self-disclosure in psychotherapy: A qualitative review. Clinical Psychology Review, 30, 63-77. (Summarized by Laura Yoviene, University of Massachusetts at Boston Clinical Psychology Student). The role of therapist self-disclosure and implications for mentoring relationships Summary: In this article, Henretty and Levitt review the long-standing and sometimes conflicted […]

Profiles in Mentoring

Mary Fernandez, President of MentorNet, kicks off new mentoring radio

Mary Fernandez, President of MentorNet, kicks off new mentoring radio

If you’ve enjoyed reading Vince Reardon’s Pocket Mentor entries, then you might want to try his new radio show, “Mentoring Today with Vince Reardon,” a weekly, 30-minute radio program offering listeners guest interviews about mentoring youth. All shows will be available through the MentoringU podcast series on iTunes, but listening live gives you the chance to call […]

Interview with Kelly Baker, volunteer mentor at AFC Mentoring

Interview with Kelly Baker, volunteer mentor at AFC Mentoring

The Chronicle is proud to interview Kelly Baker, a volunteer mentor at Adoption Foster Care (AFC) Mentoring of Boston, MA. Kelly is a Development Associate at Sociedad Latina and previously worked as a Diversity Fellow at Science Club for Girls. Her work as a mentor was recently recognized by The Huffington Post in an article […]

Meet Heidi Levitt, expert on therapeutic relationships

Meet Heidi Levitt, expert on therapeutic relationships

  Clinical psychologist Heidi Levitt discusses what’s helpful in relationships JR:  What would say are 2 or 3 core features that need to be present in all helping relationships HL: Empathy, Congruence/Genuineness, Mutual understanding of (and agreement with) what is ‘helping’ in that relationship JR: You observed that the therapist acted as a surrogate for others’ […]

News & Funding Opportunities

The skills to pay the bills: Effective financial management strateiges for nonprofits

The skills to pay the bills: Effective financial management strateiges for nonprofits

The Skills to Pay the Bills: An Evaluation of an Effort to Help Nonprofits Manage Their Finances by Karen Walker, Jean Grossman, Kristine Andrews, Nicholas Carrington and Angela Rojas DOWNLOAD FULL REPORT (PDF) › This study examines a Wallace Foundation-sponsored initiative aimed at improving the financial management skills and practices of 25 Chicago after-school providers […]

MENTOR and BBBS of Canada Host Mentoring Researcher Symposium

MENTOR and BBBS of Canada Host Mentoring Researcher Symposium

By Michael Garringer, Director of Knowledge Management, MENTOR The translation of fresh research into innovative program practice and meaningful advocacy is one of the most important aspects of the youth mentoring field — it allows programs to deliver more impactful services to youth and spurs interest and investment by key policymakers, funders, and other stakeholders. […]

Mass Mentoring Partnership works with Boston Mayor to recruit mentors

Mass Mentoring Partnership works with Boston Mayor to recruit mentors

By Meghan E. Irons Mayor Martin J. Walsh wants to ­recruit 1,000 mentors to help boost high school graduation rates among young black and Hispanic men, ­prepare them for college and careers, and curb the violence that sometimes derails their paths to success. Walsh is set to formally outline his recommendations Saturday as part of […]

Webinars, Podcasts & Forums

Webinar on Welcoming LGBTQ Youth in Mentoring Programs

Webinar on Welcoming LGBTQ Youth in Mentoring Programs

Thursday, May 21, 2015 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EDT Many adults working in the field of positive youth development take for granted the fact that youth cannot succeed to their full potential in unsafe environments. The staff of youth programs therefore strive to create an environment that supports the unique needs of each individual […]

“Brokering:” A key strategy for supporting youths’ interests

“Brokering:” A key strategy for supporting youths’ interests

Ching, D., Santo, R., Hoadley, C., Peppler, K. (2015). On-ramps, Lane Changes, Detours and Destinations: Building Connected Learning Pathways in Hive NYC through Brokering Future Learning Opportunities. New York, NY: Hive Research Lab. [link] Summarized by Dixie Ching and Rafi Santo, Project Leads of the Hive Research Lab. In the summer of 2014, Hive Research […]

Download a Free Chapter from Using Research Evidence in Education

Download a Free Chapter from Using Research Evidence in Education

  “Building the Infrastructure to Improve the Use and Usefulness of Research in Education” Vivian Tseng and Sandra Nutley point the way forward for education researchers and policymakers, summarizing the key points made throughout Using Research Evidence in Education, and concluding: “Research is not the next silver bullet for education reform, and simply mandating its use […]