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Good Enough Mentors
By October 25, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Good Enough Mentors

by Timothy Cavell   In the 2nd edition of the Handbook of Youth Mentoring (DuBois & Karcher, 2013), Chris Elledge and I (Cavell & Elledge, 2013) offered this definition of youth mentoring: Youth men­toring is the practice of using program-sponsored relationships between identified youth and older volunteers (or paraprofessionals) as a context for prevention-focused activities […]

Does your program serve military-connected youth? If so, researchers need your help!
By February 17, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Does your program serve military-connected youth? If so, researchers need your help!

Does your program serve military-connected youth – those with a parent in the military, National Guard, or Reserve? If so, we need your help in conducting a survey of mentoring program practices. A team of researchers (see below) is developing a model by which schools can provide supportive, school-based mentoring to military-connected students in the elementary school […]

Mentoring Youth of Incarcerated Parents: My Experience Volunteering at Big Brothers Big Sisters
By January 14, 2015 2 Comments Read More →

Mentoring Youth of Incarcerated Parents: My Experience Volunteering at Big Brothers Big Sisters

Associate editor’s Note: The following article by Dr. Tim Cavell was originally published on The Huffington Post and is republished with permission of the author. In the recent past, The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring has published content exploring how children of incarcerated parents can benefit from a caring adult mentor. We learned from The Rev. Dr. W. […]

A Fable About Mentoring and How to Be Close with Those We Love
By November 20, 2014 3 Comments Read More →

A Fable About Mentoring and How to Be Close with Those We Love

By Dr. Tim Cavell In a study done over 30 years ago, researchers pulled first graders from different classrooms and had them interact together in a new playgroup several days in a row. Selected were children who well liked by classmates and children who were actively disliked. Also in the playgroups were children who were […]

Mentoring Programs for Children of Military Families
By September 23, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Mentoring Programs for Children of Military Families

by Tim Cavell, Ph.D. About five years ago, I approached some colleagues with the idea that school-based mentoring (SBM) was a good fit for children from military families. Researchers were learning that multiple and prolonged combat deployments were having significant and negative effects on military children and families. We reasoned that pairing military children with […]

Mentoring Researchers: The Next Generation and An Award-Winning Hero

Mentoring Researchers: The Next Generation and An Award-Winning Hero

By Tim Cavell Last month I was in Washington, DC for the annual meeting of the Society for Prevention Research (SPR). This is a great conference for prevention-minded researchers and it’s a good fit for those seeking to advance the science that underlies youth mentoring. My graduate student, JT Craig, had organized a symposium entitled, […]

No longer a drive-by mentor (or how Renee Spencer got me to slow my roll)

No longer a drive-by mentor (or how Renee Spencer got me to slow my roll)

Three years ago, Renee Spencer and her colleagues at Boston University published a study exploring what parents think about their child’s mentor. I knew of the article but had not read it carefully. Two months ago, I heard Dr. Spencer talk about this study and had a chance to discuss her findings with other researchers and […]

Prevention Corner: My visit to the 2013 Mentoring Summit (Part 1)
By February 16, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Prevention Corner: My visit to the 2013 Mentoring Summit (Part 1)

Three weeks ago I attended the National Mentoring Summit in Washington, DC. It was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the excellent work being done to promote the health and well-being of our nations’ youth! I had a chance share some the work done last year by my research team. Much of it was in collaboration […]

Prevention Corner: The researcher is asking for advice!
By December 5, 2012 9 Comments Read More →

Prevention Corner: The researcher is asking for advice!

In addition to my role as a mentoring researcher, I’m also Big Brother to Kayden. He’s 10 years old and in the 5th grade. I’ve been mentoring Kayden for about 10 months. Kayden is actually my 2nd Little; my first Little moved to another city and so we ended our match after only 5 months. […]