Expert Corner

What if we could help mentees become “mentor magnets” for the rest of their lives?

What if we could help mentees become “mentor magnets” for the rest of their lives?

by Venessa Marks I clearly remember the first non-familial adult who took an interest in my development. Mrs. Hunt was blunt when she told me that I was not applying myself in her English class, and that I could do better. Then, as I transferred to a new high school, another teacher advocated for me […]

Inclusive Programs Improve Quality for All Youth

Inclusive Programs Improve Quality for All Youth

By Marty Martinez As practitioners, we are always looking for ways to strengthen the quality of our program to ensure that mentoring does not just feel good, or look good, but is producing real outcomes for youth. As we work to utilize quality mentoring to strengthen our communities, we must ensure that our services are […]

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

Mentoring For Black Male Youth

Mentoring For Black Male Youth

Group Review Board Bernadette Sanchez, PhD (DePaul University) National Mentoring Resource Center This review examines research on mentoring for Blacki boys and is organized around four topics: a) its documented effectiveness; b) the extent to which mentor, youth, and program characteristics influence effectiveness; c) the processes that link mentoring to outcomes in Black male youth; […]

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Research identifies three keys to enhancing mentoring relationships

Research identifies three keys to enhancing mentoring relationships

Futch Ehrlich, V. A., Deutsch, N. L., Fox, C. V., Johnson, H. E., & Varga, S. M. (2016). Leveraging relational assets for adolescent development: A qualitative investigation of youth–adult “connection” in positive youth development. Qualitative Psychology, 3(1), 59.   Summarized by Rachel Rubin   Introduction: Research has documented the many positive impacts of youth-adult relationships. However, little […]

Mentoring program found to boost academic and mental health outcomes for urban minority youth

Mentoring program found to boost academic and mental health outcomes for urban minority youth

Montanez, E., Berger-Jenkins, E., Rodriguez, J., McCord, M., & Meyer, D. (2015). Turn 2 Us: Outcomes of an urban elementary school-based mental health promotion and prevention program serving ethnic minority youths. Children & Schools, 37(2), 100-107. Summarized by Jessica Cunningham   Background: Many school age children suffer from undiagnosed mental health problems, and this problem […]

Research From Related Fields

Want to get the most from a college internship? Add a mentor.

Want to get the most from a college internship? Add a mentor.

David Orenstein, Brown University College students who do summer research often say it was time well spent, but a new study offers hard data on exactly which components and experiences proved valuable and how. The study involved 450 participants in the Summer Research Early Identification Program of The Leadership Alliance, a national partnership among universities […]

Ditch the small talk: When being direct with your mentee can be a lifeline in a crisis

Ditch the small talk: When being direct with your mentee can be a lifeline in a crisis

Crisis hotlines have been around for years, but until recently there’s been very little data on which counseling strategies seemed most effective at helping people cope. The recent emergence of text-based crisis help lines is changing that. Designed for people who prefer texting to talking, these services generate large datasets of anonymous counseling sessions—raw material […]

Not buying what they’re selling: Making friends reduces influence of negative media

Not buying what they’re selling: Making friends reduces influence of negative media

By Lesley Henton, Futurity People whose only knowledge of Muslims comes from the media are very likely to have negative emotions and stereotypical beliefs about them, new research shows. In the Journal of Communication, Srividya Ramasubramanian, associate dean of liberal arts and professor of communication at Texas A&M University, used multiple studies, surveying non-Muslims on […]

Profiles in Mentoring

Profiles in Mentoring: A Conversation with Johanna Greeson on Natural Mentoring and Foster Care

Profiles in Mentoring: A Conversation with Johanna Greeson on Natural Mentoring and Foster Care

by Kate Powers Introduction: Johanna Greeson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Greeson received her MSW from Bryn Mawr College in 1999, and then returned to school for a PhD in social work from UNC-Chapel Hill, which she received in 2009. Dr. Greeson […]

A conversation with Jefferson Singer: The Posse Scholar campus mentoring program

A conversation with Jefferson Singer: The Posse Scholar campus mentoring program

By Justin Preston This week we sat down with Jefferson Singer, Faulk Foundation Professor of Psychology and Dean of the College at Connecticut College. Dean Singer has been serving as a faculty mentor and now director of the Connecticut College chapter of the Posse Scholar program for several years. Since 1989, the nationwide Posse Foundation […]

A conversation with Whitney Mastin: YIM at the programmatic level

A conversation with Whitney Mastin: YIM at the programmatic level

Youth Initiated Mentoring, part 2: Promise and challenges in implementing YIM at the programmatic level By Justin Preston Welcome to the second of the Chronicle’s two-part series on Youth Initiated Mentoring (YIM). In part one, we spoke with Professor Sarah Schwartz, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Suffolk University, about the Connected Scholars program. The Connected […]

News & Funding Opportunities

The Coach’s influence off the field

The Coach’s influence off the field

By ELIZABETH BERNSTEIN Wall Street Journal Aug. 1, 2016 1:52 p.m. ET There is a special man who’s changed my life recently, and he says these things to me: “You rock!” “Great job in difficult circumstances.” “You should be really proud of yourself.” He’s my scuba instructor. A great sports instructor or coach builds us […]

A one-two combo: Mentoring and boxing guiding the next generation

A one-two combo: Mentoring and boxing guiding the next generation

by Michael Minahan, Washington Post About a year after he got out of Jessup [Correctional Institution], Manigan walked into a gym set up at the former Gibbs School off Benning Road. There, he spotted Ragahleak “Peanut” Bartee, 9 years old, in the corner wrapping his hands. “I just looked at him, and I said, ‘There’s […]

Registration has opened for the 2016 Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota Annual Mentoring Caucus

Registration has opened for the 2016 Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota Annual Mentoring Caucus

Register Now for the 2016 Mentoring Caucus!       In 2016, the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota (MPM) is shaking up their traditional mentoring conference! Because 2016 is an election year, MPM calls upon you, our valued stakeholders, to join us for the 2016 Mentoring Caucus. This one-day conference will offer mentoring program and youth […]

Webinars, Podcasts & Forums

Capturing Youth Outcomes: An Introduction to the Measurement Guidance Toolkit for Mentoring Programs

Capturing Youth Outcomes: An Introduction to the Measurement Guidance Toolkit for Mentoring Programs

Thursday, September 15, 2016 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM Eastern Time Do you value continuous improvement? Are you working tirelessly to support high quality mentoring services and wondering about the impact of your services? Are you looking for valid and reliable tools to measure youth outcomes? If so then join us for the September installment of […]

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America’s Culture of Generosity — How Americans Choose Who to Donate To

America’s Culture of Generosity — How Americans Choose Who to Donate To

Do you want to be the charity of choice for donors? Join Gallup experts for a webinar on Thursday, June 30, as they look into the attitudes and behaviors of charitable donors and how donors choose who to donate to. Gain the practical advice you need to attract and engage donors. LEARN MORE AND REGISTER Webinar […]

Creating a culture of belonging: New study shows how mentors help reduce rejection sensitivity

Creating a culture of belonging: New study shows how mentors help reduce rejection sensitivity

by Jean E Rhodes In his excellent new book, “Helping Children Succeed,” author Paul Tough notes that a caring connection is a prerequisite for learning. Teachers who create warm, empathic classroom environments can, as David Brooks, recently noted in his discussion of the book, “guide [students] back toward calmness,…teachers who motivate their students to show up […]