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What Might Evidence-based Policy 2.0 Look Like?

What Might Evidence-based Policy 2.0 Look Like?

By Vivian Tseng I’ve been reading about the evolution of the internet lately, and it has me thinking about what the next generation of evidence-based policy might look like. *** Like others, my holiday shopping experience has been transformed. Back in the day, I had to fight my way through crowded stores and dig through […]

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How should mentors handle gift giving?

How should mentors handle gift giving?

Editors Note: In this  feature Gail Manza and Susan Patrick draw from their new book Mentor’s Field Guide, which is framed as a series of 67 answers to the most common questions that arise in youth mentoring. This timely post might be helpful to volunteers as they navigate their way through the holidays. QUESTION 33. How should […]

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“No Impact Man” speaks. The environmental case for youth mentoring

“No Impact Man” speaks. The environmental case for youth mentoring

We are delighted to have Colin Beavan contribute to the Chronicle. Colin Beavan, PhD, is a writer, speaker, consultant, life coach, and activist. He is the author of the book No Impact Man and subject of the documentary by the same name. His work has been covered in countless publications from the New York Times […]

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New Mentoring Research

Findings highlight importance of quality mentor-mentee relationships

Findings highlight importance of quality mentor-mentee relationships

Larose, S., Chaloux, N., Monaghan, D., & Tarabulsy, G. M. (2010). Working Alliance as a Moderator of the Impact of Mentoring Relationships Among Academically At‐Risk Students. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 40 (10), 2656-2686. Background In this study, Simon Larose and his colleagues explored the role of the working alliance in mentoring relationships—predicting that more positive working alliances […]

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Mentoring Youth at High Risk: The Perspectives of Professional Mentors

Mentoring Youth at High Risk: The Perspectives of Professional Mentors

By Davielle Lakind, J. Mark Eddy, & Adrienne Zel Abstract or article Excerpted From Child Youth Care Forum (2014) 43:705–727 DOI 10.1007/s10566-014-9261-2 Background Youth mentoring programs rely largely on volunteers, but youth facing significant risks may be poor candidates for volunteer-based interventions. Full-time ‘‘professional’’ mentors in highly structured programs may be better suited to partner effectively with such youth and […]

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Peer mentoring: An effective vehicle for promoting healthy behaviors

Peer mentoring: An effective vehicle for promoting healthy behaviors

Petosa, R.L., & Smith, L.H. (2014). Peer mentoring for health behavior change: A systematic review. American Journal of Health Education, 45, 351-357. Introduction: We know that quality youth mentoring programs have been shown to promote a myriad of positive outcome for youth, however, little focus has been placed on the ability of youth mentoring programs […]

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Research From Related Fields

Why are boys less likely to disclose their problems: Implications for mentoring

Why are boys less likely to disclose their problems: Implications for mentoring

Rose, A. J., Schwartz‐Mette, R. A., Smith, R. L., Asher, S. R., Swenson, L. P., Carlson, W., & Waller, E. M. (2012). How Girls and Boys Expect Disclosure About Problems Will Make Them Feel: Implications for Friendships. Child Development, 83(3), 844-863. Summary One of the strongest findings in the sex differences of friendships is that girls […]

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Why are some therapists better than others: Implications for mentors

Why are some therapists better than others: Implications for mentors

By Amy Novotney, APA Why are some psychologists better at providing therapy than others? “It’s quite surprising how little research has been devoted to [answering this question], particularly given its importance in psychotherapy training,” says Bruce Wampold, PhD, of the University of Wisconsin–Madison. But that dearth of knowledge is about to change, thanks to a […]

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Talking about social class eases achievement gap: Implications for mentoring

Talking about social class eases achievement gap: Implications for mentoring

Posted by Clifton B. Parker-Stanford New research finds that talking about social class helps first-generation college students reduce the social-class achievement gap by as much as 63 percent. Using a “difference-education” approach, these students had higher grade-point averages and took better advantage of college resources than peers who didn’t participate in the discussion. Research has shown […]

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Profiles in Mentoring

Meet Professor John M. Gottman, a leading expert on relationships

Meet Professor John M. Gottman, a leading expert on relationships

Editor’s Note: Professor John Gottman of the University of  Washington is one of the leading scholars on martial and other relationships and the factors that both strengthen and diminish understanding and closeness. Gottman is professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Washington. He co-directos the Washington’s Relationship Research Institute and the Gottman Institute with his wife. In […]

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Georgetown professor discusses how to talk to children about Ferguson

Georgetown professor discusses how to talk to children about Ferguson

By Marcia Chatelane, Ph.D., PBS.org I watched the unrest in Ferguson unfold while preparing for the start of a new academic year and began to think about the various ways I could talk about the crisis with my students. That’s how #FergusonSyllabus was born. As I shared more resources, I found that educators from the early childhood […]

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Why a syndicated columnist struggles with the terms “mentor” and “mentee”

Why a syndicated columnist struggles with the terms “mentor” and “mentee”

Editor’s note: Here’s some thoughts for those of us who have struggled somewhat with using “mentor” as a verb, and replacing protege with “mentee,” From the Christian Science Monitor The Monitor’s language columnist has made peace with ‘mentor’ as a verb; ‘mentee’ as the term for the one being mentored, not so much. By Ruth Walker OCTOBER […]

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Mentoring in the News

AT&T Mentoring Program For Secondary School Students Gathers Pace In Europe

AT&T Mentoring Program For Secondary School Students Gathers Pace In Europe

More than 1,900 students at over 60 schools in France, Germany, Slovakia, The Netherlands, Israel and the UK have enrolled for 2014-15 academic year LONDON, Dec. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – AT&T’s* career mentoring program for secondary school students in Europe gathers pace as over 1,900 young people embark on their entrepreneurship and employability courses for the […]

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Big Brother Aids Youth With Big Steps: Mentor for 12-Year-Old Puts Priority on School Work

Big Brother Aids Youth With Big Steps: Mentor for 12-Year-Old Puts Priority on School Work

by Ralph Gardner, Jr. Wall Street Journal, Dec. 15 2014 When the Times Square area was suggested as a place to meet Fernando Luciano and Erik Lopez, I was surprised. I would have assumed that the challenge for 34-year-old Mr. Luciano would be to keep Erik, 12, as far away from Times Square—even the new […]

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MENTOR’s Capitol Hill on Wednesday, January 28

MENTOR’s Capitol Hill on Wednesday, January 28

 From mentoring.org The 2015 Summit will be extended to a three-day event to incorporate an advocacy activity on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, January 28. The 2015 Capitol Hill Day is open to all Summit attendees and is included with your Summit registration. It’s your opportunity to join your committed colleagues who will meet with members of Congress […]

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Webinars, Podcasts & Forums

We need your input on the revised Elements of Effective Practice! Register for the Summit Short Course

We need your input on the revised Elements of Effective Practice! Register for the Summit Short Course

Space is limited. Register NOW! Short Course on the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring Short Course on the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™ Wednesday, January 28 1:00-5:00 p.m. MENTOR and its partner, the Center for Evidence Based-Mentoring at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, will present a special Short Course on the  Elements of Effective […]

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New video explores the use of Research Evidence: Building Two-Way Streets

New video explores the use of Research Evidence: Building Two-Way Streets

When effectively applied, research and evaluation have the potential to improve child welfare practice and outcomes for children, youth, and families. In this video, Dr. Vivian Tseng challenges the traditional paradigm of moving from research to practice. She suggests that researchers and evaluators need to think differently about the ways that research is acquired and […]

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New posts in the iTunes “Mentoring U” podcast series

New posts in the iTunes “Mentoring U” podcast series

We are thrilled to announce the new Mentoring U audio podcast series. Now you can download episodes and learn about mentoring while you’re driving, cooking, etc.  Produced by award-winning radio host, Micheline Mann, the Chronicle’s podcast series was recently described by one listener as “like NPR for mentoring.” To get started, we have released 10 new podcasts for […]

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