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Good news: The Elements lead to effective practice!
By February 22, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Good news: The Elements lead to effective practice!

by Jean Rhodes If you haven’t been using MENTOR’s Elements of Effective Practice (EEPM) you’re missing a golden opportunity to improve relationship length and strength. Of course, many mentoring practitioners know the EEPM well—in fact some have even witnessed its evolution from a somewhat unwieldy grab bag of ideas to a more tightly stipulated set of safety […]

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A hidden benefit of cross-race/culture mentoring
By February 15, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

A hidden benefit of cross-race/culture mentoring

How Diversity Makes Us Smarter Being around people who are different from us makes us more creative, more diligent and harder-working By Katherine W. Phillips (from Scientific American) Credit: Edel Rodriguez In Brief Decades of research by organizational scientists, psychologists, sociologists, economists and demographers show that socially diverse groups (that is, those with a diversity of […]

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Predicting the future of mentoring programs
By February 14, 2017 4 Comments Read More →

Predicting the future of mentoring programs

by Jean Rhodes I predict that formal mentoring programs will become increasingly specialized, professionalized, and evidence-based in the years ahead. This is a positive development, particularly given that our field’s two most important barometers of success—the number of adults willing to serve as volunteer mentors and the effectiveness of these efforts—have not changed in the past […]

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New Book “Teach to Work” seeks to bridge education-business gap through mentoring
By February 10, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

New Book “Teach to Work” seeks to bridge education-business gap through mentoring

by Patty Alper Mentoring transforms lives. I have learned this firsthand through the eyes of six hundred inner city students I have had the privilege of mentoring over the last fifteen years. In Teach to Work, I will show how you can improve the lives of high school, community college, or university students, while simultaneously […]

Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Jean Rhodes and Audrey Wittrup
By February 9, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Jean Rhodes and Audrey Wittrup

Written by Justin Preston The following is an excerpted conversation held with Jean Rhodes, Ph.D., and her daughter, Audrey Wittrup, M.A.. Jean is the Frank L. Boyden Professor of Psychology at UMass Boston and Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring. Audrey is a doctoral student in clinical psychology at the University of Virginia. Audrey […]

Mentoring by the numbers: Some surprising trends in volunteer efforts
By January 23, 2017 1 Comments Read More →

Mentoring by the numbers: Some surprising trends in volunteer efforts

By Jean Rhodes and Elizabeth Raposa Let’s start with a pop quiz. Here goes: How many American adults, aged 18 and older served as volunteer mentors in 2015? And, #2, how have these numbers changed over the past decade? Take a few minutes to think these questions over? Ok, ready for the answer? Drawing from […]

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From poetry to justice: Mentors as partners in youth’s critical awareness and activism
By January 18, 2017 1 Comments Read More →

From poetry to justice: Mentors as partners in youth’s critical awareness and activism

by Jean Rhodes Sixteen-year old Kayla Harris loves poetry. She pens verses in the margins of her notebooks during class, fine tuning them on the bus as it rattles from her public school in Boston’s West Roxbury neighborhood to her grandmother’s apartment in nearby Mattapan. She composes them in her head each night, tuning out […]

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Want to help more children in 2017? Stop being so empathic!
By January 4, 2017 2 Comments Read More →

Want to help more children in 2017? Stop being so empathic!

By Jean Rhodes Most fund-raising events for mentoring programs follow a familiar script. After the mingling and announcements, a mentor and mentee are beckoned to the podium. The mentor describes in poignant detail the many stressors in her mentee’s life; the mentee expresses gratitude for the loving support and guidance she received. By the time the […]

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The 5 most popular Chronicle posts of 2016
By December 19, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

The 5 most popular Chronicle posts of 2016

by Jean Rhodes The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring was launched in September, 2012, making 2016 its fourth full year of operations.  Since its launch, we have posted over 1,000 article summaries, forums, profiles, and news articles, attracting over a million page views from our 7,000 subscribers and tens of thousands of visitors each month.   All of this is to say, thank […]

Mentoring’s Promise and Limits
By December 15, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Mentoring’s Promise and Limits

By Larry Gordon Editor’s Note: This article appeared recently in the Atlantic. Research on the long-term effects of advisers is mixed, and some programs are now relying on video-game networks and other technology to forge stronger relationships. Fred Thornhill / Reuters When Leo Hall was 8 years old, his mother sent him to a tutoring […]