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Want to improve the Transition to College?: Teach Students How to Build Networks

Want to improve the Transition to College?: Teach Students How to Build Networks

By Dr. Janis Kupersmidt | May 1, 2017 (from Youth Today) The Connected Scholars program utilizes the old adage “Who you know is as important as what you know” to improve college transition experiences and graduation rates. In fact, many colleges struggle with low retention rates, in part, because students don’t feel connected to the […]

“There are four things I think you can do to change the world”

“There are four things I think you can do to change the world”

by Jean Rhodes I once took a year’s leave from academia to serve as a match coordinator in a Boston-based mentoring program. One evening I found myself sitting on the edge of a couch in a subsidized apartment conducting an intake with nine year old Kayla and her mom. Kayla’s toddler brother played beside me, occasionally staring […]

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Two ways to prevent volunteer burnout and attrition

Two ways to prevent volunteer burnout and attrition

Allen, J.A., & Mueller, S.L. (2013). The revolving door: A closer look at major factors in volunteers’ intention to quit. Journal of Community Psychology, 41(2), 139-155. Introduction: Volunteers provide an invaluable service to non-profit organizations and communities. Unfortunately, perhaps because of the voluntary nature of the role, there is a lot of turnover among volunteers. […]

Michael Lewis’ advice to graduates: check your entitlement

Michael Lewis’ advice to graduates: check your entitlement

Tis the season of inspiring graduation speeches, many of which are relevant to mentoring. Michael Lewis’ address, delivered a few years ago at Princeton, is about luck and entitlement. Particularly in this age of inequality and class-based segregation, it’s easy to lose sight of just how much luck and arbitrary privilege can shape how we think about ourselves and […]

Mentoring in Trump’s America

Mentoring in Trump’s America

Editor’s note: We are delighted to present this important piece by our colleagues, Professors Noelle Hurd, Bernadette Sanchez, & Torie Weiston-Serdan. They offer a clear and compelling perspective on the social and political context of mentoring in today’s world along with three excellent recommendations for mentors and programs to more effectively work with marginalized youth. By: […]

How mentors can supplement adolescent psychotherapy

How mentors can supplement adolescent psychotherapy

So You Want to Be a Mentor? Food for Thought from a Clinician’s Casebook Editor’s Note:  Rather than simply considering how research on psychotherapy can inform our understanding of youth mentoring, in this week’s article we offer some food for thought for how mentoring may complement psychotherapeutic interventions and highlights some of the distinctions between these […]

What can data from 6,500 matches tell us about mentoring relationships?: Important insights from a new study

What can data from 6,500 matches tell us about mentoring relationships?: Important insights from a new study

by Jean Rhodes The length of mentoring relationships is one of the  most important indicators of positive change in youth. In analyses of data from random assignment studies of both school and community mentoring programs, my colleagues and I have found that effects on youth outcomes grow stronger as relationships persist for longer periods of time. There […]

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Meet Gil Noam, an expert on trauma informed care

Meet Gil Noam, an expert on trauma informed care

Gil Noam, Ed.D, Ph.D  is the founder and director of The PEAR Institute: Partnerships in Education and Resilience at Harvard University and McLean Hospital. The PEAR Institute is a translational center that connects research to practice and is dedicated to serving “the whole child-the whole day.” An associate professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School focusing on prevention […]

Three ways to build a “Sound Relationship House” in mentoring

Three ways to build a “Sound Relationship House” in mentoring

by Jean Rhodes In his Sound Relationship House Theory, psychologist and marriage guru John Gottman defines the attitudes and skills that lead to strong friendships in marriage, delineating them as the “floors” or principles of good marriage. Many apply well to a range of friendships, including mentorships. In the following sections, three core principles of his theory […]

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“How’s your program doing?”:  A new questionnaire assesses mentors’ perceptions of program support

“How’s your program doing?”: A new questionnaire assesses mentors’ perceptions of program support

by Jean Rhodes Mentors sometimes struggle to connect with their mentees and programs play a vital role in supporting the match. In a recent study, we found that, when mentors feel a lack of support, they are more likely to terminate the relationships early (Burton, Rapsoa, and & Rhodes, 2017). Yet mentoring programs often struggle […]