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Mentoring and the new science of wise interventions
By December 6, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Mentoring and the new science of wise interventions

Jean E Rhodes In recent years, my colleagues and I have been studying the consequences of unequal mentoring opportunities in the U.S. Drawing on large, national data sets, we have found that marginalized students are less likely to report having any kind of mentor and less likely to say that a high school teacher or […]

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Five factors that explain our field’s resistance to evidence-based practice
By November 22, 2017 1 Comments Read More →

Five factors that explain our field’s resistance to evidence-based practice

by Jean Rhodes Over the past few decades, considerable federal, state, and foundation resources have been invested in research and evaluation aimed at improving the evidence base of youth mentoring. This can be seen in the rigorous evaluations of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, the National Guard Youth […]

Empowering girls and women in these confusing times
By November 9, 2017 2 Comments Read More →

Empowering girls and women in these confusing times

Jean Rhodes Issues of sexual misconduct are in the limelight. With each new celebrity revelation, far too many everyday women and girls are reminded of own own, painful and often buried story. The sad truth is that most women have a story to tell. And like the recent accusers, many feared the repercussions–personal, social, professional–of […]

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New study shows why disabled veterans should volunteer at nonprofits
By November 9, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

New study shows why disabled veterans should volunteer at nonprofits

Posted by Jessica Martin-WUSTL on August 18, 2011 Disabled veterans who continue to give back on a volunteer basis improve their employment prospects, further their education, and become better role models for their children. Through the Mission Continues fellowship program, a national nonprofit organization, returning veterans receive a stipend to serve as a volunteer at […]

How to mentor a narcissist: Six strategies for working with difficult mentees
By November 8, 2017 1 Comments Read More →

How to mentor a narcissist: Six strategies for working with difficult mentees

Editor’s note: Surprisingly few studies have looked at how personality characteristics and disorders affect mentoring relationships. This is unfortunate, given how influential a young person’s personality can be in shaping interactions and outcomes (Turban & Lee, 2007).   In fact, a recently highlighted study, showed that relationships involving mentees with higher narcissism were shorter in duration than […]

Volunteer coaches as mentors: Tapping a natural resource
By October 27, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Volunteer coaches as mentors: Tapping a natural resource

Click above to listen to Mentoring U’s Micheline Mann engage in a lively conversation with Program Director of an innovative coaching program, Project Coach. by Jean Rhodes  This week, we introduce a new podcast that explores a great program, Project Coach, which uses an innovative “cascading mentoring” model to engage students as both coaches and mentees. Mentoring U’s Micheline Mann engages […]

Transference: A rarely acknowledged dimension of youth mentoring relationships
By October 25, 2017 1 Comments Read More →

Transference: A rarely acknowledged dimension of youth mentoring relationships

In a recent NYTimes magazine article, therapist Lori Gottlieb discussed the concept of “transference,” a psychoanalytic term coined by Freud. In it, she noted that: “Essentially, “transference” is a jargony way to describe what happens when a patient redirects unconscious feelings toward the therapist, who is often serving as a stand-in for someone else in […]

Why “intentional” mentoring is so important
By October 23, 2017 4 Comments Read More →

Why “intentional” mentoring is so important

by Jean Rhodes I’d like to make the case make for intentional mentoring in all youth settings, but let’s start with a an example from youth sports. The National Council on Youth Sports estimates that more than 45 million youth between 8 and 19 participate in some form of youth sports each year, making it one of […]

An effective group mentoring program that draws on cognitive behavior therapy
By October 22, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

An effective group mentoring program that draws on cognitive behavior therapy

Editor’s note: Researchers implemented a mentoring program that was grounded in evidence-based therapeutic practices. This appears to be a very promising approach to group mentoring. University of Chicago Crime Lab. (2012). BAM – sports edition: Research and policy brief. Chicago, IL:   Crime Lab. (summarized by Laura Yovienne)   The low rates of graduation (~53%) […]

Youth-initiated mentoring: An idea whose time has come
By October 12, 2017 5 Comments Read More →

Youth-initiated mentoring: An idea whose time has come

by Jean Rhodes A growing number of studies have demonstrated the benefits of youth-initiated mentoring (YIM). Rather than being assigned a mentor, young people are provided with the skills and scaffolding to recruit caring adults from within their own networks. Last week, we highlighted a study in which Dutch researchers successfully demonstrated the effectiveness of this […]