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Empathic teacher-student connections lead to better student behavior
By December 9, 2016 Read More →

Empathic teacher-student connections lead to better student behavior

By Emily Underwood, ScienceMag School suspension rates have nearly tripled in the United States since the 1970s, rising from just 3.7% of all students in 1974 to nearly 11% in 2011. That’s a big deal because missed class means missed learning, and suspensions can predict future unemployment and even incarceration. Now, a new study suggests […]

Wisdom from Carola Suárez-Orozco
By November 27, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Wisdom from Carola Suárez-Orozco

Editor’s Note: A version of this appeared a few months ago but the topic seems particularly relevant these days. With this in mind, here’s a shortened version Hope it’s helpful! by Jean Rhodes Carola Suárez-Orozco, Professor of Human Development and Psychology at UCLA. Carola is well equipped to tackle this issue. She is co-author of “Transitions: […]

Top 10 features of healthy mentoring organizations
By November 25, 2016 1 Comments Read More →

Top 10 features of healthy mentoring organizations

Editor’s Note: We are thrilled to provide you with this report, written by mentoring expert Dr. Carla Herrera, aimed at providing funders with guidance in determining which mentoring programs to support.   Through a series of posts, we present, “Making the Most of Youth Mentoring: A Guide for Funders” (Original Publisher(s): Public/Private Ventures. This work […]

The new science of gratitude: Implications for mentoring
By November 20, 2016 1 Comments Read More →

The new science of gratitude: Implications for mentoring

By Jean Rhodes “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”  Marcel Proust   These are complicated times, and many mentors and mentees are feeling distress and anxiety. The growing science of gratitude (yes, there is a science behind being appreciative) sheds important light […]

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What are the keys to successful mentoring? New study has some answers
By November 7, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

What are the keys to successful mentoring? New study has some answers

by Jean Rhodes and Elizabeth Raposa In a forthcoming article in the American Journal of Community Psychology we reported on some interesting findings that have direct implications for mentoring programs. The study was entitled, the Impact of Youth Risk on Mentoring Relationship Quality: Do Mentor Characteristics Matter?–and the short answer is yes! But let’s step back […]

What is a natural mentor?: Tips to develop relationships that matter
By November 4, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

What is a natural mentor?: Tips to develop relationships that matter

by Lisa Bottomley, Michigan State University Extension When asked about their successes, most individuals will talk about one or more people who mentored them along the way. Were all of these people enrolled in youth mentoring programs? Of course not. Many of them found natural mentors who provided support, guidance and friendship. A natural mentor […]

Childhood Family Environment Linked With Relationship Quality 60 Years Later
By October 26, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Childhood Family Environment Linked With Relationship Quality 60 Years Later

From APS News Growing up in a warm family environment in childhood is associated with feeling more secure in romantic relationships in one’s 80s, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The findings show that men who grew up in caring homes were more adept at managing […]

How to strengthen the capacity of everyday caring adults
By October 21, 2016 2 Comments Read More →

How to strengthen the capacity of everyday caring adults

by Jean Rhodes Early into my research career, I stumbled onto an intriguing finding. In the late 1980s, Chicago had been swept into the worst crack epidemic in American history. I was working on my dissertation in a high school, hoping to uncover the strategies that a small fraction of students were using to resist the overwhelming […]

It’s not what you know….: The case for a networked approach to mentoring
By September 28, 2016 1 Comments Read More →

It’s not what you know….: The case for a networked approach to mentoring

by Jean Rhodes According to a recent Gallup poll  successful college students have one important thing in common–they all had one or more teachers who were mentors who took an interest in their hopes and dreams.  “We think it’s a big deal” where we go to college,” Gallup’s Brandon Busteed told the New York Times. But […]

“It was kind of like me sitting on a rainbow”: Reaching out to youth on the autism spectrum
By September 7, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

“It was kind of like me sitting on a rainbow”: Reaching out to youth on the autism spectrum

By Jean Rhodes It was a simple act of kindness, caught in a photo. Travis Rudolph, a Florida State University star wide receiver, was visiting a nearby middle school last week with his teammates when he spotted a 6th grade boy sitting by himself in the cafeteria. “So I asked him, could I sit down and have lunch with […]

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