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Donors bet big on paid mentoring: Does it work?

Donors bet big on paid mentoring: Does it work?

Written by Michael Fitzgerald, The Chronicle of Social Change Mentoring saved 41-year-old Gary Clemons’ life. Separated from his mother at age 5, running with violent gangs at 15, father to a visually disabled child at 19, and homeless at 24 — Clemons couldn’t imagine that the mentors who helped him mount these challenges would guide […]

Registration now open: The 2018 National Family and Community Engagement Conference

Registration now open: The 2018 National Family and Community Engagement Conference

July 11-13, 2018 in Cleveland, OH The Institute for Educational Leadership’s 2018 National Family and Community Engagement Conference will take place on July 11-13, 2018 in Cleveland, OH. This is an excellent capacity building opportunity for educators, other para-professionals, parent leaders and a range of stakeholders to learn strategies and best practices that focus on […]

New research shows elderly at risk of social isolation: Implications for mentoring

New research shows elderly at risk of social isolation: Implications for mentoring

Posted by Jared Wadley on futurity.org One in five older adults is socially isolated from family or friends, increasing their risks for poor mental and physical health, as well as higher rates of mortality, a new study shows. Researchers investigated several factors affecting social isolation from family and friends within a national sample of more […]

New research identifies mentoring strategies for at-risk youth

New research identifies mentoring strategies for at-risk youth

Wesely, J. K., Dzoba, N. P., Miller, H. V., & Rasche, C. E. (2017). Mentoring at-risk youth: An examination of strain and mentor response strategies. American Journal of Criminal Justice, 42, 198-217. doi: 10.1007/s12103-016-9353-7 Summarized by Justin Preston Editor’s Note: This research touches on a crucial aspect of the mentoring relationship: the relational skills needed […]

New research investigates the benefits of mindfulness for college mentors

New research investigates the benefits of mindfulness for college mentors

Editor’s Note: Mentor training is a key piece of many mentoring programs. Mentor-centric skills are an area that is less-studied than the ways in which mentors can relate to their mentees, foster quality relationships, and so on. This study takes some initial steps in the process of finding ways that mindfulness-based practices may be able […]

New Webinar: Strategies for Creating Ongoing Mentor Training

New Webinar: Strategies for Creating Ongoing Mentor Training

Thu, May 17, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EDT Most mentoring programs involve their mentors in an initial training before they are matched, but fewer programs provide ongoing training as those matches take shape. This webinar describes the benefits of holding post-match mentor trainings, and it also reviews strategies for creating these workshops, beginning […]

Profiles in Mentoring: Timothy Cavell on mentoring aggressive children, chronically bullied children, and next steps for the field

Profiles in Mentoring: Timothy Cavell on mentoring aggressive children, chronically bullied children, and next steps for the field

Timothy Cavell is a Professor of Psychological Science at the University of Arkansas’ J. William Fulbright college of Arts & Sciences. He has been a speaker and presenter at mentoring conferences, summits, and institutes around the country. Professor Cavell’s research interests focus on how mentoring relationships with children who are highly aggressive or chronically bullied […]

Policy Corner: Janet Forbush on latest policy implications for mentoring

Policy Corner: Janet Forbush on latest policy implications for mentoring

Written by Janet Forbush, Senior Advisor with the Center for the Advancement of Mentoring April, 2018 Background: A plethora of policy developments across several agencies in the past few weeks at the federal and state levels informs the Policy Column this month. In some instances, the policies are short-term, e.g., 90 days, and will require […]

New research determines how long it takes to make a friend: Implications for mentors and programs

New research determines how long it takes to make a friend: Implications for mentors and programs

Posted by Rick Hellman, futurity.org It takes more than 200 hours before someone can be considered a close friend, according to a new study that explores how long it typically takes to move through the deepening stages of friendship. That means time spent hanging out, joking around, playing video games, and the like, says Jeffrey […]

Getting active can help boost mentors’ and mentees’ happiness: New research

Getting active can help boost mentors’ and mentees’ happiness: New research

Written by Justin Preston The benefits of exercise in helping serve as one piece of the puzzle in combating depression and anxiety have been well-documented. Less attention has been paid to the ways in which people who are not depressed may be helped by physical activity. In a recent review of studies on exercise in […]