Author Archive: David DuBois

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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), […]

How Does Mentoring Benefit Youth? Let’s Count the Ways

How Does Mentoring Benefit Youth? Let’s Count the Ways

by David DuBois One of the most common frustrations I have heard voiced by folks in practice and advocacy roles within our field is that the measures used in evaluations of programs do not seem adequate to the task of capturing the benefits that high-quality mentoring can offer to young people. It is tempting for […]

Changes to Key Numbers in “The Mentoring Effect” Report

Changes to Key Numbers in “The Mentoring Effect” Report

by David DuBois This report as originally issued (Bruce & Bridgeland, 2014, see URL to current version of report below) included the conclusion that an estimated 4.5 million at-risk young people (ages 8-18) are currently in mentoring relationships. It turns out that this conclusion (as well as analogous ones made for not at risk youth, […]

What is Your Evidence-Based Mentoring IQ?  The Winner is…
By September 4, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

What is Your Evidence-Based Mentoring IQ? The Winner is…

by David DuBois I apologize for the delay in following up on my “evidence-based mentoring IQ” posting from May. I appreciate the time (and courage!) of all who took the time to try their hand at the quiz. The winner of the free copy of the new Handbook of Youth Mentoring (2nd edition) is F. […]

What is Your Evidence-Based Mentoring IQ?

What is Your Evidence-Based Mentoring IQ?

by David DuBois   With the ever-growing volume of research on youth mentoring (Blakeslee & Keller, 2012), it is a formidable task for even the most evidence-minded practitioner, policy-maker, or funder to keep up with the latest findings. Resources and events such as this website, the Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring at Portland State University, […]

Evidence Corner: Is Mentoring Worth the Investment? The Jury is Out
By February 18, 2013 6 Comments Read More →

Evidence Corner: Is Mentoring Worth the Investment? The Jury is Out

By David DuBois It is intuitive to many that investments in mentoring are a worthwhile investment. Indeed, we do have robust evidence that youth can and do benefit in important ways from mentoring, such as improved behavior, social relationships, and school performance. Why, then, would I argue that the “jury is out,” which is to […]

Evidence Corner: Let’s Get Physical!
By January 17, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Evidence Corner: Let’s Get Physical!

by David DuBois I had occasion a few years ago to consult with a statewide mentoring organization around issues of program evaluation and outcome measurement. The outcome survey that I developed for the organization’s consideration proved to be too long for practical use. So, a session was convened in which program leaders had the opportunity […]

Evidence Corner: Looking for Evidence in All the Right Places
By December 16, 2012 2 Comments Read More →

Evidence Corner: Looking for Evidence in All the Right Places

by David DuBois I am very pleased and honored to have the opportunity to contribute to the Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring as the editor of the site’s Evidence Corner. I look forward, in the months to come, to sharing and dialogue regarding the evidence base on a wide range of topics that is evolving in […]

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