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 you—your interest and participation in this endeavor has been our biggest reward, and we welcome even more involvement in 2017. Here are five of the most viewed posts of 2016.
- A recent post, Mentoring: The new reality show, generated a high volume of both views and reactions.
- Readers gravitated to a new study by David DeWit and colleagues about why mentoring relationships end early.
- Immigration was in the news a lot in 2016, and our conversation with UCLA expert, Carola Suarez-Orozco led to six helpful suggestions for mentors and programs working with the growing number of first and second generation students.
- A critique of the concept of “grit” struck chords with readers who have been frustrated with its application to youth who are struggling with severe disadvantage.
- Finally, a piece by Harvard Professor, Robert Putnam, provided a nice overview of the issues that he raised in his 2015 book, Our Kids. It describes social capital and how mentors can help redress the growing wealth gap in the U.S.
And, although it hasn’t had time to generate much buzz, I am exceedingly proud to point you to the summary of a new article about natural mentors co-authored by my daughter, Audrey Wittrup. The research was conducted under the expert guidance of her mentor, Noelle Hurd, at the University of Virginia. I couldn’t be more pleased that Audrey is contributing to this field.
I am also thrilled with the positive response to the Chronicle, but now we need your help! Please consider listening to the MentoringU podcast at the iTunes store. Listen to the latest research summaries and conversations about mentoring. Also, please consider joining the growing number of organizations that are providing a link to the Chronicle through their websites. The link will look like this:
and it can appear anywhere on your website. It will help even more mentors, practitioners, parents, and others stay on top of the latest research and thinking in the field. Here is the HTML to embed into your site:
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Thank you again for your interest in the Chronicle—and best wishes for a happy and healthy 2017.