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How to Be an Ally to New Minority Scholars

How to Be an Ally to New Minority Scholars

By W. Brad Johnson APRIL 23, 2017 (Chronicle of Higher Education) The effects of strong mentoring relationships on the lives and careers of new scholars can be substantial. Evidence from studies of mentoring in higher education shows that doctoral students and new faculty members fortunate enough to be mentored by senior academics report smoother adjustment to […]

JAY Z’s 4:44 is a Mentoring Album and Here is Why By Torrie Weiston, Ph.D. Yeah, I said it, 4:44 is a mentoring album and here is why… It does not take very long into the album before listeners realize that there is a maturity in JAY Z’s tone. His raw talent and ability to […]

Black adolescents’ relationships with natural mentors

Black adolescents’ relationships with natural mentors

Hurd, N. M., & Sellers, R. M. (2013). Black adolescents’ relationships with natural mentors: Associations with academic engagement via social and emotional development. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology,19(1), 76-85. Background Natural mentors are caring and supportive adults that exist naturally in adolescents’ extended social networks, such as neighbors, coaches, aunts and uncles, and community members. […]

What an unexpected diagnosis can tell us about mentoring

What an unexpected diagnosis can tell us about mentoring

by Jean Rhodes None of the specialists at the U. of Chicago medical center could pinpoint the source of Phil’s chronic back pain. Months of appointments, batteries of tests, and several unsuccessful treatments had culminated in a referral to the psychiatry department’s pain management clinic where I was a clinical psychology intern. Sometimes patients were […]

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The future of mentoring: An infographic

The future of mentoring: An infographic

by Jean Rhodes I recently worked with a talented team at the MacArthur Foundation Connected Learning Research Network to develop an infographic on youth mentoring (below). In essence, I argue that the number of Americans willing to serve as volunteer mentors has remained remarkably stable over the past decade — between 2 million and 2.5 million, or […]

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Rich-poor divide in high school sports

Rich-poor divide in high school sports

Data reveal inequality that threatens American Dream BRUCE MOHL and  HARI PATEL (Commonwealth Journal) EACH YEAR, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association compiles athletic participation data from public, charter, and parochial high schools across the state. In nine out of the past 10 years, the publicized narrative about the data has been the same: that athletic participation […]

How the ‘Friends of the Children’ Mentorship Program Helps Vulnerable Youth Thrive

How the ‘Friends of the Children’ Mentorship Program Helps Vulnerable Youth Thrive

Terri Sorensen is president of Friends of the Children. Originally posted in The 74   Michael, who lives in Portland, Oregon, is the youngest of three kids. His mother, a domestic violence survivor, became a mom at age 16. When Michael was 4 years old, his father passed away in prison. Family circumstances such as […]

Slipping through my fingers: What a new study (and sappy song) reveal about relationships

Slipping through my fingers: What a new study (and sappy song) reveal about relationships

by Jean Rhodes Slipping through my fingers all the time, I try to capture every minute The feeling in it Slipping through my fingers all the time Do I really see what’s in her mind Each time I think I’m close to knowing She keeps on growing Slipping through my fingers all the time Abba, […]

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The environmental case for youth mentoring

The environmental case for youth mentoring

Particularly in light of the recent climate news, we are delighted to re-post Colin Beavan’s compelling contribution to the Chronicle. Colin Beavan, PhD, is a writer, speaker, consultant, life coach, and activist. He is the author of the book No Impact Man and subject of the documentary by the same name. His work has been covered […]

Want to improve the Transition to College?: Teach Students How to Build Networks

Want to improve the Transition to College?: Teach Students How to Build Networks

By Dr. Janis Kupersmidt | May 1, 2017 (from Youth Today) The Connected Scholars program utilizes the old adage “Who you know is as important as what you know” to improve college transition experiences and graduation rates. In fact, many colleges struggle with low retention rates, in part, because students don’t feel connected to the […]