Tag: adolescent development

Good news!: The “Elements” lead to effective practice
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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 […]

New research demonstrates connection between mentoring benefits and relationship stage
By February 15, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

New research demonstrates connection between mentoring benefits and relationship stage

DeWit, D., DuBois, D., Erdem, G., Larose, S. & Lipman, E. (2016). The role of program-supported relationships in promoting youth mental health, behavioral and developmental outcomes. Prevention Science, 17, 646-657. DOI 10.1007/s11121-016-0663-2 Summarized by Justin Preston   Introduction Recent meta-analyses of mentoring research have found that youth paired with a caring, non-parental adult experience a […]

A hidden benefit of cross-race/culture mentoring
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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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Mindfulness can make mentees more receptive to health advice
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Mindfulness can make mentees more receptive to health advice

Posted by Ashton Yount on futurity.org When you hear health messages—such as quit smoking or get more exercise—do you feel motivated or ashamed? A new study suggests how we react may depend on how mindful we are. According to Yoona Kang, a postdoctoral fellow at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, […]

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 […]

Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Jean Rhodes and Audrey Wittrup
By February 9, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Jean Rhodes and Audrey Wittrup

Written by Justin Preston The following is an excerpted conversation held with Jean Rhodes, Ph.D., and her daughter, Audrey Wittrup, M.A.. Jean is the Frank L. Boyden Professor of Psychology at UMass Boston and Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring. Audrey is a doctoral student in clinical psychology at the University of Virginia. Audrey […]

Mentor awareness: Girls may be discouraged from “brilliance” at a young age

Mentor awareness: Girls may be discouraged from “brilliance” at a young age

Posted by James Devitt, NYU By the age of six, girls become less likely than boys to associate brilliance with their own gender and are more likely to avoid anything they think may require it. A new study published in the journal Science shows how early gender stereotypes take hold and suggests that they may […]

New research on toxic stress and poverty: Implications for practice

New research on toxic stress and poverty: Implications for practice

by Venessa Marks and Julie Novak This post is part of a three-post series on toxic stress. The first post explains what toxic stress is and why it matters for youth mentoring programs, and this second post highlights what professional staff needs to know about toxic stress. A third will discuss recent programmatic innovations related to […]

From poetry to justice: Mentors as partners in youth’s critical awareness and activism
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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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New research highlights potential of organizing social support to promote health

New research highlights potential of organizing social support to promote health

Posted by Katie Delach To encourage healthy habits and actions, doctors should leverage patients’ engagement with their friends and families—rather than increasing their interactions with medical professionals. In a new perspective published by the New England Journal of Medicine, behavioral economists suggest a five-step ladder to effectively engineer social engagements that promote health and to test their […]