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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 […]

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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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 […]

The “warm-glow” theory of giving to others: Implications for mentoring programs
By December 14, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

The “warm-glow” theory of giving to others: Implications for mentoring programs

by Jean Rhodes Why do people give their precious time and resources to strangers? Is it pure altruism or are there other motivational forces at work? This is an intriguing question that has implications for our efforts to encourage volunteerism and charitable donations. Fortunately, a growing number of scholars have focused on non-profit organizations as an […]

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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 […]