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The real mentoring gap—and what to do about it

The real mentoring gap—and what to do about it

by Jean Rhodes If you haven’t already read Chapter 5 of the new book, “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis”  you’re in for a big surprise. The author, Robert D. Putnam, is a Harvard sociology professor who made “social capital” a household word with his best seller, “Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American […]

New study explores commitment in mentoring relationships
By August 20, 2014 1 Comments Read More →

New study explores commitment in mentoring relationships

Gettings, P.E., & Wilson, S.R. (2014). Examining commitment and relational maintenance in formal youth mentoring relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 1-27. Summarized by UMass Boston doctoral student Laura Yoviene Introduction: This study uses a social exchange perspective in order to investigate mentors’ commitment and their specific relational maintenance behaviors in the context of […]

UMass Boston’s CEBM to Study Youth Initiated Mentoring in YouthBuild Programs

UMass Boston’s CEBM to Study Youth Initiated Mentoring in YouthBuild Programs

Submitted by Kelly Belmonte on Fri, 06/06/2014 – 11:39  YouthBuild USA is pleased to announce a collaboration with UMass Boston’s Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring (CEBM) to evaluate Youth Initiated Mentoring (YIM) as implemented within YouthBuild programs. The project is being funded through a research grant from the United States Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and […]

Meet Kate Bronner, Foster Forward Program Coordinator
By December 11, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Meet Kate Bronner, Foster Forward Program Coordinator

A note from Connected Learning Editor, Dr. Sarah Schwartz: Mike Garringer recently wrote a thoughtful column about whether we should be devoting more time and resources to natural mentoring or focusing primarily on formal mentoring relationships. I wanted to highlight a program working with youth in the foster care system that is doing both, including […]

Teaching Youth to Recruit Supportive Adults
By November 12, 2013 6 Comments Read More →

Teaching Youth to Recruit Supportive Adults

 by Sarah Schwartz The story of 15-year-old Davion Only has gone viral, following an article published in the Tampa Bay Times about his appeal to a church congregation for an adoptive family (see story here). Davion had been in foster care all of his life, waiting for a family to adopt him. It was his […]

Youth-initiated mentoring in the news
By August 23, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Youth-initiated mentoring in the news

from Digital Journal UMass Boston Research Highlights Value of Youth-Initiated Mentoring PRWEB.COM Newswire Boston, MA (PRWEB) August 23, 2013 Jean Rhodes, director of the UMass Boston/MENTOR Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring, and her colleagues have demonstrated the value of Youth-Initiated Mentoring (YIM) in three new peer-reviewed studies. In the YIM model, young people select their own mentors from […]

Three new studies studies on youth-initiated mentoring

Three new studies studies on youth-initiated mentoring

by Jean Rhodes For more than a decade, the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (NGYCP) has operated an intensive residential program for youth who have dropped out of high school and are unemployed. With more than 35 programs located in 27 U.S. states and 1 territory, the program has had more than 110,000 graduates since […]

An in-depth look at youth initiated mentoring

An in-depth look at youth initiated mentoring

Spencer, R., Schwartz, S. O., & Rhodes, J. E. (in press). “Somebody who was on my side”: A qualitative examination of youth initiated mentoring. Youth & Society. Introduction: Youth initiated mentoring (YIM) is a new approach to mentoring in which youth identify and recruit caring adults from within their existing communities. By using this innovative […]

Youth Initiated Mentoring: A new approach to working with vulnerable adolescents

Youth Initiated Mentoring: A new approach to working with vulnerable adolescents

Schwartz, S., Rhodes, J., Spencer, R., & Grossman, J. (in press.) Youth initiated mentoring: Investigating a new approach to working with vulnerable adolescents. American Journal of Community Psychology.   Introduction:  This article examines the use of Youth Initiated Mentoring (YIM) in the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (NGYCP), an intensive residential program for youth who […]