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Announcing the iTunes “Mentoring U” podcast series

Announcing 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 […]

By October 11, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Back by popular demand: How to win friends and influence mentees

Back by popular demand: How to win friends and influence mentees

by Jean Rhodes This article is available as a Podcast. Click here to listen. Nearly 80 years after its publication, Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People remains one of the best-selling books of all time (30 million copies!). This led me to wonder whether some of the interpersonal skills that Carnegie highlights might be helpful […]

By October 11, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
10 LGBTQ Resources for Mentors

10 LGBTQ Resources for Mentors

Editor’s Note: Recent research findings (e.g. Patrick Tolen’s 2013 meta-analysis) imply that mentors should be advocates for their mentees. In previous discussion of what advocacy means, Professor Renée Spencer suggests that one form of advocacy is a mentor leveraging his or her resources on behalf of their mentee. As we approach National Coming Out Day (NCOD) this […]

New Mentoring Research

Empathy – A Critical Ingredient in Youth Mentoring Relationships?

Empathy – A Critical Ingredient in Youth Mentoring Relationships?

by Renee Spencer This article is available as a Podcast. Click here to listen. Working on a poster my colleagues and I presented at the Society for Research on Adolescence in Austin, Texas, this past spring gave me a great excuse to look at the recent psychotherapy literature on empathy. As a clinical social worker, […]

By October 10, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Social relationships and their developmental significance

Social relationships and their developmental significance

Editor’s Note: This wonderful article strongly influenced my interest in the field of youth mentoring and I am grateful to Laura Yoviene for summarizing this classic for the Chronicle.  Hartup, W. W. (1989). Social relationships and their developmental significance. American Psychologist, 44(2), 120. Introduction Social relationships are an essential framework for children to learn important social skills. […]

By October 9, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
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 →

Research From Related Fields

On Methods: What’s the difference between qualitative and quantitative approaches?

On Methods: What’s the difference between qualitative and quantitative approaches?

Editors Note: We are very fortunate to have Adar Ben-Eliyahu, Ph.D. our new Methods Editor, sharing with us her considerable expertise on research methods. Dr. Ben-Eliyahu completed her doctorate in developmental psychology at Duke University, where she honed very strong skills in methods. She is currently a MacArthur Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Evidence-Based […]

By October 13, 2014 5 Comments Read More →
How teachers (and mentors) can help shy kids learn

How teachers (and mentors) can help shy kids learn

Posted by Rachel Harrison-NYU on September 24, 2014 Researchers find that an evidence-based intervention helps shy children, who are often at risk for poor academic achievement, become more engaged in class work, and in turn improve their math and critical thinking skills. Shy children are described as anxious, fearful, socially withdrawn, and isolated. In the classroom, they […]

By October 5, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
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 →

Profiles in Mentoring

Why Kevin Spacey thinks we should “send the elevator back down”

Why Kevin Spacey thinks we should “send the elevator back down”

 by Jean Rhodes  I recently attended a lecture by Kevin Spacey at the University of Virginia in which he drew on provocative quotes from the House of Cards to dole out advice to the many students in attendance. Although most of it followed the usual contours of working hard and taking risks, he also talked about the vital role of mentors […]

By October 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Mathew Broderick describes how one mentor really made a difference

Mathew Broderick describes how one mentor really made a difference

My father, he was my man. I was very close to him. Even when I don’t wanna be like my father, I’m like my father. I notice it more now that I have children. I can’t help it. The good and the bad. But it’s mostly good. From the minute I saw Jason Robards, I wanted […]

By October 5, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
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 →

Mentoring in the News

Fall 2014 Short Course to be Broadcast Live Online

Fall 2014 Short Course to be Broadcast Live Online

Due to the high volume of registration requests and limited seating capacity we will be broadcasting the upcoming fall 2014 Short Course Strengthening Links Between Formal and Informal Mentoring live through the online service Livestream. Viewers will need to create a free Livestream account before they are able to access the online stream broadcast. The Short Course broadcast stream […]

By October 15, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
October 20th 2014 Short Course is Sold Out

October 20th 2014 Short Course is Sold Out

Registration for the The MENTOR/UMass Boston Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring’s Short Course on Strengthening Links Between Formal and Informal Mentoring is closed as of 10/9/2014. The maximum number of registered attendees we can accommodate has been met. Seating cannot be guaranteed for people who wish to attend and who did not or could not register for the event. Thank […]

By October 9, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Empowering Our Young People, and Stemming the Collateral Damage of Incarceration

Empowering Our Young People, and Stemming the Collateral Damage of Incarceration

Editor’s note: On Oct. 8, my colleagues (Megan Blondin and Kristen Truffa from MANY; Janis Kupersmidt from iRT) and I had the rare opportunity to attend a meeting at the White House in which officials announced efforts to improve the lives of children of incarcerated parents, including our new grant to provide and evaluate training enhancements to […]

By October 9, 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 →