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Should “mentor duty” should be the new “jury duty?”

Should “mentor duty” should be the new “jury duty?”

By Brandon Busteed Gallup just conducted a large study of young Americans aged 18 to 35 and found that those who had high exposure to certain 21st century skill development in school were twice as likely to be successful at work. The two most critical ingredients were whether they had “worked on a long-term projects […]

The Hidden Costs of Growing up in the Shadow of Wealth for Low-Income Children

The Hidden Costs of Growing up in the Shadow of Wealth for Low-Income Children

By Candice Odgers, Ph.D. (posted on WTGrant.Org) William T. Grant Scholar Candice Odgers describes findings from her recent study, which suggests that living among affluent neighbors predicts antisocial behavior among low-income boys.   One of New York City’s newest luxury apartment buildings has just started accepting applications for low-income renters who will use what some have […]

Professor Connie Flanagan: Discussing politics contributes to positive youth development.

Professor Connie Flanagan: Discussing politics contributes to positive youth development.

Editor’s note: We are delighted to have a guest commentary Professor Connie Flanagan. Professor Flannagan of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She is the author of the excellent new book, Teenage Citizens: The Political Theories of the Young (Harvard University Press).We asked her whether mentors and mentees should ever discuss politics.  It is very appropriate for mentors […]

New Mentoring Research

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 […]

Developing self-regulated learning skills with school-based mentoring

Developing self-regulated learning skills with school-based mentoring

Nunez, J., Rosario, P., Vallejo, G., & Gonzalez-Pienda, J. A. (2013). A longitudinal assessment of the effectiveness of a school-based mentoring program in middle school. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 38, 11-21. Introduction: A growing number of studies have highlighted the need for middle school students to develop self-regulated learning (SRL) skills (i.e., OECD, 2010). Students who […]

Research From Related Fields

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 […]

Laughter can encourage self-disclosure and closeness with mentees

Laughter can encourage self-disclosure and closeness with mentees

by Jeremy Dean Laughter encourages people to open up and this is the secret to how to make friends, a new study finds. People in the study were more likely to disclose something personal about themselves after laughing together, although they didn’t realise it. Self-disclosure is usually critical to how to make friends, as the study’s […]

The William T. Grant Foundation releases a new report on disparities in youth’s use of health and mental health services in the U.S.

The William T. Grant Foundation releases a new report on disparities in youth’s use of health and mental health services in the U.S.

Originally posted on the WT Grant Foundation WTGrantfoundation.org Mental health is recognized as a central determinant of individual well-being, family relationships, and engagement in society, yet there are considerable variations in mental health and mental health care according to race and ethnicity among youth in the U.S. In their new report, Margarita Alegría and colleagues […]

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 will be available for purchase next mont. After gathering all the advice, Vince […]

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

2015 New Mexico Mentoring Conference: Call for Proposals

2015 New Mexico Mentoring Conference: Call for Proposals

2015 Mentoring Conference: Call for Proposals The Mentoring Institute at the University of New Mexico (UNM) is now seeking proposals for the 2015 mentoring conference: New Perspectives in Mentoring: A Quest for Leadership Excellence & Innovation.  The 8th annual conference will be held on Tuesday, October 20 through Friday, October 23 at the Student Union […]

Mentoring Programs Aim to Increase High School Graduates

Mentoring Programs Aim to Increase High School Graduates

By Alexandra Pannoni More students than ever are graduating high school and gaps in achievement among racial groups are closing. But for teens who didn’t graduate high school, having a caring adult in their life might have made a difference. Mentoring is one effective strategy to prevent dropouts promoted by the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network.  “Think about if you’ve […]

When coaches demoralize (instead of mentor) their young players

When coaches demoralize (instead of mentor) their young players

By Linda Flanagan,  the Atlantic Playing basketball had been a singular source of joy for her. She had taken it up in first grade, honed her talent in year-round competitive leagues, and earned a spot on the varsity team as a high-school freshman. Now a sophomore at a private California high school, the girl—whom I’ll call […]

Webinars, Podcasts & Forums

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.

Apply for a Spencer Foundation Small grant. Deadlines in April, June, and August

Apply for a Spencer Foundation Small grant. Deadlines in April, June, and August

Spencer Foundation Small Research Grants Budgets $50,000 or Less Education and Social Opportunity Organizational Learning Purposes and Values of Education Teaching, Learning, and Instructional Resources Field-Initiated Proposals Small Research Grants in the Areas of Inquiry Proposal Submission Guidelines For research proposals with budgets of $50,000 or less, please see the information provided below regarding our […]

Facebook adds lifelines to prevent teen suicide

Facebook adds lifelines to prevent teen suicide

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Posted by Deborah Bach-UW on March 2, 2015. In addition to vacation photos and cat videos, people also share details about their personal lives and feelings on Facebook—including occasional posts about despair and even thoughts of suicide. As the world’s biggest social network, with more than 1.39 billion users, Facebook is uniquely able to provide online […]