Expert Corner

Policy Corner: Janet Forbush on latest policy implications for mentoring

Policy Corner: Janet Forbush on latest policy implications for mentoring

Written by Janet Forbush, Senior Advisor with the Center for the Advancement of Mentoring March 2017 Introduction: The frenzy of current public policy activity at all levels of government as well as in the private sector has set an entirely new stage for what we have come to know as “March Madness.”  Though readers of […]

Stay Attuned: Mentorship can Bridge the Nation’s Divides

Stay Attuned: Mentorship can Bridge the Nation’s Divides

by Julia Pryce The slogan, “America First,” championed by President Donald Trump and echoed in many of his administration’s recent policies, is an inherently divisive statement. It infers the exceptionality of Americans above and beyond citizens of the rest of the world. It energizes a cycle of separation, disconnection, and fear. The Southern Poverty Law […]

New paper applies sociological concepts to mentoring programs

New paper applies sociological concepts to mentoring programs

Stanton-Salazar, R. (2016). Contributions of social capital theory and social network models in advancing the connection between students’ school-based learning and community-based opportunities for pursuing interest-driven learning. Paper presented at Power Brokers: Building Youth Social Capital through Connected Learning. University of California, Irvine.   Summarized by Justin Preston In a paper presented in the Fall […]

New Mentoring Research

For teen mothers, nurses act as mentoring resource

For teen mothers, nurses act as mentoring resource

Schaffer, M. A., & Mbibi, N. (2014). Public health nurse mentorship of pregnant and parenting adolescents. Public Health Nursing, 31(5), 428-437. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/phn.12109 Summarized by Jessica Cunningham Background: Adolescent parents are more likely to experience challenges in parenting due to their lack of emotional maturity, social support, economic support, and lack of education on how to […]

“How’s your program doing?”:  A new questionnaire assesses mentors’ perceptions of program support

“How’s your program doing?”: A new questionnaire assesses mentors’ perceptions of program support

by Jean Rhodes Mentors sometimes struggle to connect with their mentees and programs play a vital role in supporting the match. In a recent study, we found that, when mentors feel a lack of support, they are more likely to terminate the relationships early (Burton, Rapsoa, and & Rhodes, 2017). Yet mentoring programs often struggle […]

Caring adult support associated with youth “sparks”

Caring adult support associated with youth “sparks”

Ben-Eliyahu, A., Rhodes, J. E., & Scales, P. (2014). The interest-driven pursuits of 15-year-olds: “Sparks” and their association with caring relationships and developmental outcomes. Applied Developmental Science, 18(2), 76-89.[PDF] Summarized by Adar Ben-Eliyahu Problem: Researchers have characterized a spark as a “passion for a self-identified interest, skill or capacity that metaphorically lights a fire in […]

Research From Related Fields

Talking to teens about online experiences?

Talking to teens about online experiences?

New research shows that keeping your cool and hearing them out can pay dividends for communication Posted by Matt Swayne Teens rarely talk to their parents about potentially risky online experiences, according to new research. “There seems to be a disconnect between what types of situations teens experience every day and what types of experiences […]

The messenger matters: New research shows peers better than teachers at academic motivation

The messenger matters: New research shows peers better than teachers at academic motivation

Posted by Andy Henion “Why do I have to learn this?” is a common question among young adults. New research suggests an answer from their peers has more weight than one from their teachers. University students who received a rationale for why learning is important from people similar to them—in this case actors posing as young professionals—wrote […]

New research shows teen dating violence contributes to a cycle of violence later in life

New research shows teen dating violence contributes to a cycle of violence later in life

Posted by Lisa Chedekel, Boston University Violence in early dating experiences can contribute to “a cycle of interpersonal violence through adulthood,” experts warn. For a new study, researchers analyzed data from a nationally representative sample of US high school and middle school students, ages 12 to 17, who were followed into adulthood 5 and 12 […]

Profiles in Mentoring

★Professor Earl Spurgin

★Professor Earl Spurgin

You’re a professor of philosophy and you wrote an article about how celebrities like Michael Phelps often find themselves into the position of being role models.  Is philosophy a field that typically grapples with issues of role modeling and what’s best for today’s youth?  What got you interested in this topic? ESn (Earl Spurgin): Contemporary […]

An Interview with Dr. Michelle Munson

An Interview with Dr. Michelle Munson

LY: As an expert on youth aging out of the child welfare system, what have you found to be the most important factors in youth making a “successful” transition into adulthood? MM: So many things go into making a “successful” transition to adulthood. We know that for all young people it takes a lot of […]

Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Jean Rhodes and Audrey Wittrup

Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Jean Rhodes and Audrey Wittrup

Written by Justin Preston The following is an excerpted conversation held with Jean Rhodes, Ph.D., and her daughter, Audrey Wittrup, M.A.. Jean is the Frank L. Boyden Professor of Psychology at UMass Boston and Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring. Audrey is a doctoral student in clinical psychology at the University of Virginia. Audrey […]

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News & Funding Opportunities

Registration now open: Mentoring short course in the Netherlands!

Registration now open: Mentoring short course in the Netherlands!

Two new and exciting events are now open for registration Short Course on evaluation and monitoring lead by Prof. Jean Rhodes and Elizabeth Raposa May 10-11, 2017, a Short Course is being offered to practitioners and researchers. This Short Course will be led by Profs. Jean Rhodes and Elizabeth Raposa  and includes best practices from […]

Chicago documentary looks to inspire others to mentor youth

Chicago documentary looks to inspire others to mentor youth

Eye opening film on at-risk youth told through lens of one Chicago counselor. Chicago’s inner city is in crisis and our nation is watching. One positive solution that has gained traction is the importance of mentoring at-risk youth long term and on a large scale. In September 2016, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a $36 million mentoring initiative from the […]

White House budget puts funds for mentoring in danger

White House budget puts funds for mentoring in danger

by David Shapiro You’ve probably heard about the White House budget proposal to Congress recommending significant cuts to federal domestic programs, including those affecting young people. During a cable news interview, Office of Management and Budget Director Mulvaney specifically referenced cuts to grants at the Department of Justice (the federal agency that hosts the OJJDP youth […]

Webinars, Podcasts & Forums

Webinar – ReEntry Mentoring: Conversations from the Field on Working with System-Involved Youth

Webinar – ReEntry Mentoring: Conversations from the Field on Working with System-Involved Youth

Thursday, April 20, 2017 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EDT Thousands of youth are arrested each year, beginning a gateway for many into the juvenile justice system. Throughout the country, mentoring programs are providing system-involved youth with the opportunity to be connected to a mentor in their own community to stop the cycle. Join this […]

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Webinar – Designing and Implementing Group Mentoring Programs

Webinar – Designing and Implementing Group Mentoring Programs

Thursday, March 16, 2017 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EDT Group mentoring has become increasingly popular as the model’s many benefits gain recognition. A group setting can foster teamwork and leadership skills, build strong peer connections, and minimize volunteer recruitment challenges. This webinar will focus on strategies that will help programs to emphasize the building of […]

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New webinar 2/24: Ten Ways to Win the OJJDP Mentoring Grant

New webinar 2/24: Ten Ways to Win the OJJDP Mentoring Grant

From MentoringCentral.net OJJDP mentoring grant proposals are due in less than a month – March 13th. A couple of points on your proposal can be the difference between $5 million and nothing. We can help you win those crucial couple of extra points. Our experts at Mentoring Central will offer a free webinar showing you […]

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