Profiles in Mentoring

Meet positive youth develop expert, Reed Larson

Meet positive youth develop expert, Reed Larson

Editor’s note: Reed Larson’s seminal research on the lives of teenagers helped to launch the field of positive youth development and his insights and findings continue to enrich the work of mentoring researchers. His worked has explores the contexts of daily life and how developmental processes unfold in extra-curricular activities. Reed is a professor in the Department of Human and […]

Meet “grit” psychologist, Professor Angela Duckworth

Meet “grit” psychologist, Professor Angela Duckworth

by Max Nesterak (excerpted from The Psych Report) MN: You say in your TED Talk that we need to be grittier about making our kids grittier. Now that you’ve already said you don’t know, could you point to any leads that you have that you possibly think could make us grittier? AD: When I did […]

Meet Carol S. Dweck, whose research has implications for mentoring for STEM

Meet Carol S. Dweck, whose research has implications for mentoring for STEM

Carol S. Dweck, a psychologist at Stanford University, has done extensive research on why women tend to avoid careers in math and science. Her work has shown that women and girls who think that science and math ability are innate tend to perform worse and have less interest in those fields than females who believe […]

Meet Lisa Bottomley, Mentoring Specialist with MSU Extension

Meet Lisa Bottomley, Mentoring Specialist with MSU Extension

I am a Senior Specialist with a focus on youth mentoring at Michigan State University Extension in the Children & Youth Institute.  I have been with MSU Extension since July 2000.   I completed my undergraduate studies at Central Michigan University where I received a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and  I earned my Master of […]

Rising Star: Meet Dr. Lindsey Weiler

Rising Star: Meet Dr. Lindsey Weiler

Editors Note: We are pleased to introduce mentoring researcher, Lindsey Weiler. Lindsey is currently working as a postdoctoral fellow under the direction of  Dr. Heather Taussig. In this segment, UMass Boston doctoral student, Stella Kanchewa (SK), delves deeper into Lindsey’s (LW’s) work with Mentor Families and more  SK Your research has focused on vulnerable youth […]

Pedro Noguera: Why students need more than ‘grit’

Pedro Noguera: Why students need more than ‘grit’

By Pedro A. Noguera and Anindya Kundu Recently, “grit” has received growing attention from educators and others as the critical ingredient to academic success. Given our nation’s admiration for the rugged individual, it is understandable why we choose to glorify guts and grit. However, it is less clear why the idea has become such a […]

An interview with Professors Greg Duncan and Richard Murnane

An interview with Professors Greg Duncan and Richard Murnane

Editor’s note: If you are interested in how poverty affects young people and their educational opportunities, I’d like recommend  Whither Opportunity? Rising Inequality, Schools, and Outcomes, edited by Greg Duncan (U.C.-Irvine) and Richard Murnane (Harvard University). This volume explores how rising inequality is compromising the capacity of public schools to provide our nation’s youth with opportunities for […]

An interview with Jane Pauley
By February 25, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

An interview with Jane Pauley

Jane Pauley is an inspiration to the encore movement – and a leading light. A longtime Purpose Prize judge, she has been the abiding presence at our annual Purpose Prize event over the past three years. Now, in her compelling book, “Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life”, Jane provides a vision for […]

Erin Hodge-Williams Black Males Need Opportunities, Mentors
By February 18, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Erin Hodge-Williams Black Males Need Opportunities, Mentors

by Erin Hodge-Williams “I’m reaching out to some of America’s leading foundations and corporations on a new initiative to help more young men of color facing tough odds stay on track and reach their full potential.” President Barack Obama, 2014 State of the Union address.  Talent is everywhere, but opportunity isn’t. President Obama reminded us […]

We can all learn from the late George Albee
By February 15, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

We can all learn from the late George Albee

Editors Note: George Albee (1921-2006) was an influential mentor in my life and, by association, the “grandmentor” of many young scholars in the field of mentoring. In this interview, from Lifelines we hear about the intellectual basis for our field and the need for prevention services. I am grateful to Lifelines for conducting and posting this interview. George […]