Expert Corner

Want to improve the Transition to College?: Teach Students How to Build Networks

Want to improve the Transition to College?: Teach Students How to Build Networks

By Dr. Janis Kupersmidt | May 1, 2017 (from Youth Today) The Connected Scholars program utilizes the old adage “Who you know is as important as what you know” to improve college transition experiences and graduation rates. In fact, many colleges struggle with low retention rates, in part, because students don’t feel connected to the […]

Tips from the American Psychological Association on talking about mental health

Tips from the American Psychological Association on talking about mental health

Editor’s Note: As May is National Mental Health Month, we are focusing on tips and tools mentors and programs can integrate into their mentoring relationships to provide support to the mentors as well as the mentees, themselves. This article was originally posted by the American Psychological Association, with links to sources from the American Psychiatric […]

Policy Corner: April Updates from Janet Forbush

Policy Corner: April Updates from Janet Forbush

Written by Janet Forbush, Senior Advisor with the Center for the Advancement of Mentoring April 2017 This issue of The Chronicle is being published in the last week in April when federal lawmakers are returning from a spring break peppered with numerous district level town hall meetings flavored with lively discourse with constituents. Many of […]

New Mentoring Research

Mentors can spot mental health troubles in mentees

Mentors can spot mental health troubles in mentees

Zimmerman, M. A. (2010). Natural mentors, mental health, and risk behaviors: A longitudinal analysis of African American adolescents transitioning into adulthood. American Journal of Community Psychology, 46(1-2), 36-48. doi: 10.1007/s10464-010-9325-x Summarized by Jessica Cunningham Background: As adolescents grow into adults, they are faced with a number of difficult transitions when becoming more independent. Transition periods […]

New research tests impact of mentoring on school dropouts

New research tests impact of mentoring on school dropouts

Candil, D. M., & Gaza, M. (2017). A pilot Study of the impact of the Peraj mentoring program on school dropout risk of Mexican children. Journal of Community Psychology, 45(3), 315-332.DOI: 10.1002/jcop.21849 Summarized by Jelle de Graaf   Background: School dropout is a serious issue in Mexico; it affects hundreds of thousands of children and […]

New mentoring research identifies key factors predicting early match termination

New mentoring research identifies key factors predicting early match termination

Kupersmidt, J. B., Stump, K. N., Stelter, R. L., & Rhodes, J. E. (2017). Predictors of premature match closure in mentoring relationships. American Journal of Community Psychology, 59, 25-35. doi: 10.1002/ajcp.12124   Summarized by Jessica Cunningham   Introduction: Mentoring has been shown to have a modest but impactful effect on at-risk youth in terms of […]

Research From Related Fields

Two ways to prevent volunteer burnout and attrition

Two ways to prevent volunteer burnout and attrition

Allen, J.A., & Mueller, S.L. (2013). The revolving door: A closer look at major factors in volunteers’ intention to quit. Journal of Community Psychology, 41(2), 139-155. Introduction: Volunteers provide an invaluable service to non-profit organizations and communities. Unfortunately, perhaps because of the voluntary nature of the role, there is a lot of turnover among volunteers. […]

How mentors can supplement adolescent psychotherapy

How mentors can supplement adolescent psychotherapy

So You Want to Be a Mentor? Food for Thought from a Clinician’s Casebook Editor’s Note:  Rather than simply considering how research on psychotherapy can inform our understanding of youth mentoring, in this week’s article we offer some food for thought for how mentoring may complement psychotherapeutic interventions and highlights some of the distinctions between these […]

Mentors can help students overcome math anxiety

Mentors can help students overcome math anxiety

Posted by Mark Peters Even students who perform extremely well on math exams can suffer from anxiety. And the better a student does at math, the more strongly anxiety will drag his or her performance down, new research shows. And the relationship between anxiety and achievement holds true not just in the United States, but […]

Profiles in Mentoring

Michael Lewis’ advice to graduates: check your entitlement

Michael Lewis’ advice to graduates: check your entitlement

Tis the season of inspiring graduation speeches, many of which are relevant to mentoring. Michael Lewis’ address, delivered a few years ago at Princeton, is about luck and entitlement. Particularly in this age of inequality and class-based segregation, it’s easy to lose sight of just how much luck and arbitrary privilege can shape how we think about ourselves and […]

Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Willem Kooyker of MENTOR

Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Willem Kooyker of MENTOR

By Jelle de Graaf and Vera van den Berg Mr. Willem Kooyker is the Chairman of the Board of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. Mr. Kooyker first became involved with MENTOR in 1993 and has remained a strong believer in mentoring ever since. Before being selected as chairman of the board, he served as a […]

A conversation with Dr. Oscar Prieto-Flores: Mentoring in Spain and Europe

A conversation with Dr. Oscar Prieto-Flores: Mentoring in Spain and Europe

By Vera van den Berg and Jelle de Graaf Dr. Òscar Prieto-Flores is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Girona. He is also a member of the research group in social mentoring. Dr. Prieto-Flores will be visiting the Center for Evidence-based Mentoring in Boston, Massachusetts from March until June of 2017 to […]

News & Funding Opportunities

Make your voice heard! House of Representatives voting TODAY on Child Protections Improvements Act

Make your voice heard! House of Representatives voting TODAY on Child Protections Improvements Act

Dear Chronicle readers, This week the U.S. House of Representatives will finally take action and vote on H.R. 695, the Child Protection Improvements Act (CPIA). We need as many Representatives as possible to vote “yes” on CPIA, so that we show strong support for this commonsense bipartisan bill that keeps kids safe. If CPIA passes […]

Mentoring in Trump’s America

Mentoring in Trump’s America

Editor’s note: We are delighted to present this important piece by our colleagues, Professors Noelle Hurd, Bernadette Sanchez, & Torie Weiston-Serdan. They offer a clear and compelling perspective on the social and political context of mentoring in today’s world along with three excellent recommendations for mentors and programs to more effectively work with marginalized youth. By: […]

Drs. Renee Spencer and Belle Liang featured in NY Times on the impact of summer mentoring for teens

Drs. Renee Spencer and Belle Liang featured in NY Times on the impact of summer mentoring for teens

Written by Lisa Damour, New York Times As teenagers make plans for the summer, several questions pop up. What do they want to do? Do they need to make money? To these we should add a question that might not always jump to mind: Will they have a chance to learn from a mentor? David […]

Webinars, Podcasts & Forums

Webinar – The Restorative Power of Mentoring for Sexually Exploited Youth

Webinar – The Restorative Power of Mentoring for Sexually Exploited Youth

Thursday, May 18, 2017 1:00 PM – 2:15PM EDT Youth who experience commercial sexual exploitation are often victimized by adults who appear to care for them. This type of trauma destroys trust and may significantly affect a youth’s ability to form healthy relationships. Mentoring has the potential to be restorative, providing an opportunity for healing […]

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Enrollment closing May 8th for the Summer Institute on Mentoring: Sign up today!

Enrollment closing May 8th for the Summer Institute on Mentoring: Sign up today!

REGISTER HERE! The application deadline is approaching for the 2017 Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring, to be held July 17-20, 2017 at Portland State University. Space is limited, and the application deadline is Monday, May 8th, 2017. The 2017 Institute will address the theme of Mentoring in the Civic Space, focusing on intersections between mentoring […]

Webinar – Great Management Is Great Mentoring: Mentoring Youth in the Workplace

Webinar – Great Management Is Great Mentoring: Mentoring Youth in the Workplace

May 17, 2017 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST REGISTER HERE This summer, thousands of youth will be entering the workplace through summer youth employment programs and internship initiatives. We have developed this webinar to support the managers of those youth, to prepare them with effective mentoring and management practices that will positively impact youth and […]