Expert Corner

Mentoring Programs for Children of Military Families

Mentoring Programs for Children of Military Families

by Tim Cavell, Ph.D. About five years ago, I approached some colleagues with the idea that school-based mentoring (SBM) was a good fit for children from military families. Researchers were learning that multiple and prolonged combat deployments were having significant and negative effects on military children and families. We reasoned that pairing military children with […]

By September 23, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Professor Noelle Hurd joins the Chronicle editorial board

Professor Noelle Hurd joins the Chronicle editorial board

Noelle Hurd, Ph.D.,  Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia has joined the editorial board of the Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring. Noelle brings a wealth of experience and insight to this post. In her work, she has paid particular attention to racial identity and natural mentoring in the lives of disadvantaged African American adolescents, and the role […]

By September 19, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
How “mind mapping” can help mentors and mentees find activities

How “mind mapping” can help mentors and mentees find activities

By Shawn Mintz (from MentorCity) Brainstorm possibilities on how you can achieve your goals and create action-oriented plans. Sometimes when you are in a mentoring relationship, you get stuck on what else you can do together. There are several activities that you can do to figure out your next steps, but let’s talk about one […]

By September 19, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

New Mentoring Research

New research on work-based mentoring will enrich our field

New research on work-based mentoring will enrich our field

by Jean Rhodes For decades, the fields of youth mentoring and work-based mentoring have operated on parallel tracks–covering the same terrain but somehow unaffected by of each other. With few exceptions (e.g., the excellent  Blackwell Handbook of Mentoring, which is edited by Professors Tammy Brown and Lillian Eby), disciplinary boundaries have gotten in the way of learning what […]

By September 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Groundbreaking study is a cautionary tale for group mentoring programs

Groundbreaking study is a cautionary tale for group mentoring programs

Editors Note: This is an important study with results that are promising but with a note of caution. I urge you to consider their implications, especially for group mentoring programs.  O’Donnell, C. R. & Williams, I. L. The Buddy System: A 35-Year Follow-Up of Criminal Offenses Clinical Psychological Science 2167702612456907, first published on October 18, 2012 as doi:10.1177/2167702612456907 Summarized by post-doctoral fellow […]

By September 23, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
How natural mentoring improves academic engagement

How natural mentoring improves academic engagement

  Hurd, N.M. & Sellers, R.M. (2013). Black adolescents’ relationships with natural mentors: Associations with academic engagement via social and emotional development. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 19 (1), 76-85. summarized by Stella Kanchewa, MA, UMB doctoral student in clinical psychology  Researchers have demonstrated the role that natural mentoring relationships play in affecting youth’s […]

By September 4, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Research From Related Fields

Teacher’s Perceptions of Student Disadvatage Negatively Impact Teacher-Student Relationship

Teacher’s Perceptions of Student Disadvatage Negatively Impact Teacher-Student Relationship

Fitzpatrick, C., Côté-Lussier, C., Pagani, L. S., & Blair, C. (2013). I Don’t think you like me very much: Child minority status and disadvantage predict relationship quality with teachers. Youth & Society, 1-17. DOI: 10.1177/0044118X13508962. Summarized by Stella Kanchewa, M.A., UMass Boston doctoral student Children’s academic performance relates to important adult outcomes including career options, income […]

By September 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Kids hit hard by parents’ deployment

Kids hit hard by parents’ deployment

Posted by Bob Roseth-UW  U. WASHINGTON (US) — When parents are deployed overseas, the adolescent children left behind can suffer from the invisible wounds of war—impaired well-being and other mental problems. “There is a lot of research about veterans and active-duty soldiers, and how they cope or struggle when they return from a deployment,” says […]

By September 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
New study highlights the importance of self-control in childhood

New study highlights the importance of self-control in childhood

Converse, P. D., Piccone, K. A., & Tocci, M. C. (2014). Childhood self-control, adolescent behavior, and career success. Personality and Individual Differences, 59, 65-70. Summarized by Emily Manove, UMB clinical psychology doctoral student Introduction: Research has found that childhood self-control, defined as “internally focused active control tendencies involving regulation of thoughts, feelings, or behaviors” (pg. […]

By September 9, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Profiles in Mentoring

The many mentors of Steve Carell

The many mentors of Steve Carell

  My second-grade teacher was named Mr. Blackman, and he pretty much sent me on my way as an actor. I remember we were doing the Indians and the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock. I was a Native American in a canoe, and I was rowing. It was all mime. And I remember rowing and then switching […]

By September 23, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Meet Professor Richard Lerner, positive youth development pioneer

Meet Professor Richard Lerner, positive youth development pioneer

Tufts University developmental scientist challenges the myth of the troubled adolescent in book, “The Good Teen” How did teenagers get such a bad rap? You can go back to the time of the Greeks and find teenagers causing problems. The scientific study of adolescence began in 1904, with G. Stanley Hall, one of the leading […]

By September 1, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Meet mentoring researcher Simon Larose

Meet mentoring researcher Simon Larose

We are thrilled to feature Professor Simon Larose, whose work has deepened our understanding of the role of attachment relationships in mentoring. Simon is a professor in the Department of Education at the University of Laval. He has been a steady contributor to the field of youth mentoring and has published over 60 scientific articles, book chapters, […]

Mentoring in the News

4 hints for mentoring young writers

4 hints for mentoring young writers

By: Beth Stefanick (Kalmbach Publishing Co.), 00439517, Mar2012, Vol. 125, Issue 3 Many writers who have achieved a level of success want to help aspiring scribes in their communities, and mentoring them is one way to do that. Girls Write Now (GWN) has been matching professional women writers with female students in New York City’s public […]

By September 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Esquire Partners With 3 Agencies to Promote Male Mentorship

Esquire Partners With 3 Agencies to Promote Male Mentorship

By STUART ELLIOTT  ESQUIRE magazine is teaming up again with Madison Avenue for a new cause-marketing initiative, seeking to encourage more adult men to mentor boys and young men. The initiative comes eight years after a collaboration between the magazine and an up-and-coming agency to raise money for clean drinking water in the third world. […]

By September 14, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Pressure Congress to pass the child protection improvement act

Pressure Congress to pass the child protection improvement act

by Jean Rhodes Although the vast majority of volunteers are well intended, harmful adults sometimes slip through. Programs have taken steps to conduct background checks but, for the most part, these efforts have been inconsistent. Only about half of U.S. States provide youth-serving organizations access to FBI fingerprinting and, amongst those that do, two-thirds allow only […]

By September 10, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Webinars, Podcasts & Forums

Short Course series available online!

Short Course series available online!

Thanks to Evan Cutler, the Assistant Director of the MENTOR/UMB Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring, videos of all previous speakers are now available online. They cover the last two courses–one of mentoring youth in the foster care system and one on mentoring in the digital age. Although we recommend all of them, the talk about attachment […]

By September 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Register for the 2015 National Mentoring Summi

Register for the 2015 National Mentoring Summi

Registration Now Open! The 2015 National Mentoring Summit will take place January 28-30, 2015 at the Renaissance Washington, DC, Downtown, in the heart of our nation’s capital. The 2015 Summit will be extended to a three-day event to incorporate an advocacy activity on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, January 28. This event is the only national forum […]

By September 20, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Esquire’s Mentoring Project: Fifty extraordinary men and their mentors

Esquire’s Mentoring Project: Fifty extraordinary men and their mentors

Who Made You The Man You Are Today? Simple question. Lots of possible answers. We asked fifty extraordinary men to tell us about the parents, coaches, teachers, troops leaders, religious leaders, and all-purpose mentors who helped them get to where they are today. They shared their stories, and their mentors, with us. Now it’s your […]

By September 16, 2014 0 Comments Read More →