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Benefits of Mentoring? It’s a Two-Way Street

Benefits of Mentoring? It’s a Two-Way Street

By Renée Spencer, Ed.D., LICSW We often talk about what mentoring offers to young people today – how it can promote their development and improve their academic, social and emotional functioning. Increasingly, there is interest in how mentoring can also benefit mentors. Marc Freedman, in his prescient book, The Kindness of Strangers, described mentoring as […]

A Look into the Development of the New Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™

A Look into the Development of the New Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™

by Mike Garringer, MENTOR, Director of Knowledge Management You’ve read a few articles here on the Chronicle over the last several months about the development of the next edition of the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™, which is scheduled to roll out this year. In this post, we’d like to give you a glimpse […]

Do Mentees Just Wanna Have Fun?

Do Mentees Just Wanna Have Fun?

by David DuBois Much of my research has been focused on examining the ways in which mentoring, if infused with more intentional and active forms of guidance, can be more effective. Illustratively, in a recent meta-analysis of youth mentoring program evaluations that I conducted with several colleagues (including Jean Rhodes, the editor of the Chronicle), […]

New Mentoring Research

Three key factors that lead to mentor satisfaction

Three key factors that lead to mentor satisfaction

Martin, S. M., & Sifers, S. K. (2012). An evaluation of factors leading to mentor satisfaction with the mentoring relationship. Children and Youth Services Review, 34(5), 940-945. Summarized by Bridget Nestor, Editorial Assistant, Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring Introduction: Research suggests that mentoring relationships can provide positive outcomes for both mentor and mentee. Most literature, however, has focused […]

Mentoring and Egocentrism: Do people overestimate their ability to provide emotional support over email?

Mentoring and Egocentrism: Do people overestimate their ability to provide emotional support over email?

Kruger, J., Epley, N., Parker, J., & Ng, Z. (2005). Egocentrism over e-mail: Can we communicate as well as we think?. Journal Of Personality And Social Psychology, 89(6), 925-936. doi:10.1037/0022-3514.89.6.925 summarized by Evan Cutler, Assistant Director, Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring  Introduction: Kruger, Epley, Parker, & Ng (2005) conducted five studies to explore how people communicate with a […]

New report explains how supportive relationships strengthen the foundations of resilience

New report explains how supportive relationships strengthen the foundations of resilience

Decades of research in the behavioral and social sciences have produced substantial evidence that children who do well despite serious hardship have had at least one stable and committed relationship with a supportive parent, caregiver, or other adult. These relationships buffer children from developmental disruption and help them build key capacities, such as the ability […]

Research From Related Fields

Study shows the keys 10 keys to fundraising for nonprofits on Facebook

Study shows the keys 10 keys to fundraising for nonprofits on Facebook

Posted by Patricia Donovan-Buffalo Charitable fundraising used to depend primarily upon a charity’s size, efficiency, and longstanding reputation. Now, researchers find that sites like Kickstarter, Razoo, Facebook, and Twitter have created a more level playing field in the nonprofit world, one where successful use of technology can make up for limited organizational size. Technology and social […]

Teens from military families are at higher risk for suicide

Teens from military families are at higher risk for suicide

Posted by Eddie North-Hager-USC on March 23, 2015 While the US has increased resources to stem the risk of suicide by soldiers returning from the battlefield, one group may be overlooked: their children. Teenagers from military families are at greater risk of thinking about, planning, and trying suicide, according to a new study that also finds […]

People “grow to trust” as they get older

People “grow to trust” as they get older

Posted by Julie Deardorff Contrary to some stereotypes, getting older doesn’t necessarily make people cynical and suspicious. Instead, trust tends to increase as people age, a development that can be good for well-being. “When we think of old age, we often think of decline and loss,” says study coauthor Claudia Haase, an assistant professor of […]

Profiles in Mentoring

The Pocket Mentor: Insider Tips from America’s Most Successful People

The Pocket Mentor: Insider Tips from America’s Most Successful People

Editor’s Note: In this column, we will be continuing our series of offering bits of advice from 101 of our country’s most successful men and women. The advice was compiled by writer Vince Reardon into a book, The Pocket Mentor: Insider Tips from America’s Most Successful People which is now available for purchase on Amazon. After gathering all the […]

New MentoringU podcast introduces you to Renee Moss: 30 year veteran of mentoring!

New MentoringU podcast introduces you to Renee Moss: 30 year veteran of mentoring!

In this exclusive iTunes MentoringU podcast, Renee Moss, program director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County, describes her journey from teaching to mentoring and ultimately to BBBS. She has been with the organization for over 30 years. Renee is passionate about forging community partnerships and collaborations. A result of her drive is the country’s only Adoption Mentoring […]

Who in the world is Irvin Westheimer?

Who in the world is Irvin Westheimer?

Editor’s Note: If you’re like me, you have always assumed that Big Brothers Big Sisters of America–which forever shaped the modern mentoring movement–was founded by court clerk and child advocate Ernest Coulter in the early 1900’s. But a little research (o.k. procrastination) revealed another less sung hero in it’s origins. Irvin Westheimer, who lived for more […]

Mentoring in the News

Fresh Starts for Hard-to-Like Students (or Mentees)

Fresh Starts for Hard-to-Like Students (or Mentees)

Dr. Allen Mendler, reposted from Edutopia.org Even though your toughest students are just kids at the mercy of emotions they don’t understand or can’t control, it can be hard for a teacher [or mentor] to stay calm and not take these ongoing behavioral problems personally. My advice: it’s time to hit the reset button! Tough […]

“Dear Colleague” Letter Calls for Investment in Youth Mentoring

“Dear Colleague” Letter Calls for Investment in Youth Mentoring

Abbie Evans, Director of Government Relations, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership This week, Representative Frederica Wilson (FL-24) launched an effort in the U.S. House of Representatives to support investments in quality youth mentoring. She circulated a “Dear Colleague” letter  asking her House colleagues to join her in writing Rep. John Culberson (TX-7),who chairs the committee that […]

Get Your Program Listed in the Mentoring Connector to Recruit Mentor

Get Your Program Listed in the Mentoring Connector to Recruit Mentor

 From mentoring.org MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) is excited to launch the Mentoring Connector, a new and improved tool for mentoring programs and potential volunteers to find each other using a zip code searchable database. MENTOR’s original Volunteer Referral Service (VRS) will transition over to the Mentoring Connector this spring. The Mentoring Connector will […]

Webinars, Podcasts & Forums

Laughter: A neglected but vital element of mentoring

Laughter: A neglected but vital element of mentoring

There is little success where there is little laughter. ~Andrew Carnegie by Jean Rhodes A silly comment made 25 years ago led to my marriage. We were both new professors, taking part in a campus tour of the arts complex when a particularly inquisitive member of our group asked one too many questions about a room’s acoustics. […]

2015 Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring is open for registration!

2015 Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring is open for registration!

2015 Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring Portland State University and MENTOR/The National Mentoring Partnership are proud to present the 2015 Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring. The Summer Institute offers a distinctive educational opportunity for experienced mentoring professionals. Participants attend an intensive week-long seminar presenting the latest developments in theory and research on youth mentoring. Each […]

Peer Mentoring: A discussion with Experienced Practitioners

Peer Mentoring: A discussion with Experienced Practitioners

Peer Mentoring: A discussion with Experienced Practitioners Thurs., April 15, 2015 1:00-2:15 p.m. EST While still a relatively new topic, we have learned, over the course of the past decade, how to run a successful peer mentoring program. Join Margot Ross, Psy.D., and Tammy Potts for a lively discussion of peer mentoring.