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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 […]

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 […]

“I have seen the power of mentoring firsthand”: Hillary Clinton on the mentors who changed her life

“I have seen the power of mentoring firsthand”: Hillary Clinton on the mentors who changed her life

by Jean Rhodes “At a time when there seems to be so little that people agree on, this is one mission worthy of bipartisan, broad-based support.” Hillary Clinton It’s hard to imagine that the political acrimony (and insanity) that has defined this year’s presidential election could get any worse. Understandably, there’s a strong urge to tune it […]

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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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Other people’s children: The new reality show
By August 18, 2016 4 Comments Read More →

Other people’s children: The new reality show

by Jean E. Rhodes Imagine a reality television show in which privileged empty nesters competed to help less fortunate high school students gain entry into the nation’s highest ranked colleges and universities. The many parents who had successfully shepherded their children through the admissions process from the comfort of their homes from Greenwich to Palo […]

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Older and (hopefully) wiser: A forthcoming book about youth mentoring

Older and (hopefully) wiser: A forthcoming book about youth mentoring

by Jean Rhodes I wrote Stand by Me: The risks and rewards of mentoring today’s youth fifteen years ago—my first, and what I assumed would be my final, book-length manuscript on the topic. As I write a second book on mentoring, I am struck by just how much has changed in the ensuing years. Although […]

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