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Caring adult support associated with youth “sparks”

Caring adult support associated with youth “sparks”

Ben-Eliyahu, A., Rhodes, J. E., & Scales, P. (2014). The interest-driven pursuits of 15-year-olds: “Sparks” and their association with caring relationships and developmental outcomes. Applied Developmental Science, 18(2), 76-89.[PDF] Summarized by Adar Ben-Eliyahu Problem: Researchers have characterized a spark as a “passion for a self-identified interest, skill or capacity that metaphorically lights a fire in […]

The promise and pitfalls of mentoring in the digital age

The promise and pitfalls of mentoring in the digital age

by Jean Rhodes Considering how widespread it is, it is somewhat alarming that there is not yet a uniform standard of best practice around social media in youth mentoring. Granted, many programs have wrestled with this issue, and we sought to determine how to update the Elements of Effective Practice  and the youth mentoring Code of […]

★Professor Earl Spurgin

★Professor Earl Spurgin

You’re a professor of philosophy and you wrote an article about how celebrities like Michael Phelps often find themselves into the position of being role models.  Is philosophy a field that typically grapples with issues of role modeling and what’s best for today’s youth?  What got you interested in this topic? ESn (Earl Spurgin): Contemporary […]

White House budget puts funds for mentoring in danger

White House budget puts funds for mentoring in danger

by David Shapiro You’ve probably heard about the White House budget proposal to Congress recommending significant cuts to federal domestic programs, including those affecting young people. During a cable news interview, Office of Management and Budget Director Mulvaney specifically referenced cuts to grants at the Department of Justice (the federal agency that hosts the OJJDP youth […]

Stay Attuned: Mentorship can Bridge the Nation’s Divides

Stay Attuned: Mentorship can Bridge the Nation’s Divides

by Julia Pryce The slogan, “America First,” championed by President Donald Trump and echoed in many of his administration’s recent policies, is an inherently divisive statement. It infers the exceptionality of Americans above and beyond citizens of the rest of the world. It energizes a cycle of separation, disconnection, and fear. The Southern Poverty Law […]

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What a wildly improbable movie can teach us about mentoring

What a wildly improbable movie can teach us about mentoring

by Jean Rhodes In the comedy, Role Models, two self-absorbed salesmen, Danny and Wheeler, are arrested following a road rage incident and elect to perform community service hours over going to jail. They are assigned to work at a mentoring program where Danny is paired with a nerdy role-playing game enthusiast while Wheeler finds himself […]

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Good news!: The “Elements” lead to effective practice
By February 22, 2017 4 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 […]

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 […]