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A pyramid scheme for mentoring programs: Well, not exactly

A pyramid scheme for mentoring programs: Well, not exactly

Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction. John F. Kennedy by Jean Rhodes Although most youth interventions are developed in response to particular needs or goals, mentoring programs were conceived more broadly as an extension of informal helping relationships. For nearly a century, most volunteer mentors were tasked simply with building friendships […]

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Embedded mentoring: An important new approach to helping today’s youth

Embedded mentoring: An important new approach to helping today’s youth

by Jean Rhodes My friend Rick recently shared a graduation photo with his long-time mentee that conveyed so much love and pride I was moved to tears. Rick and Kevin were paired through a program that embraces the “friendship” model. Rather than take a focused, skills approach, Rick was tasked only with forging a close, […]

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Ending mentoring relationships: Important lessons from child psychotherapy

Ending mentoring relationships: Important lessons from child psychotherapy

by Jean Rhodes Research on early terminations in therapy, including the specific behaviors and attitudes that increase their likelihood, is relevant to mentoring relationships. Nearly half of all therapeutic ties terminate prematurely, owing to a variety of factors. Sometimes parents or spouses sabotage the process; sometimes clients reenact earlier, dysfunctional behaviors; and sometimes clients are dissatisfied […]

What we can learn from a “glittering ounce” of good news

What we can learn from a “glittering ounce” of good news

“Good news is rare these days, and every glittering ounce of it should be cherished and hoarded and worshiped and fondled like a priceless diamond.” -Hunter S. Thompson by Jean Rhodes Let us take a moment to recognize an extraordinary mentoring program that recently produced remarkably promising findings. The Arches Transformative Mentoring program has delivered […]

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Tipping points and a path to more effective mentoring
By February 15, 2018 5 Comments Read More →

Tipping points and a path to more effective mentoring

By Jean Rhodes In a recent JAMA psychiatry paper, Boston University researchers described a very effective strategy for helping depressed, overwhelmed low-income young women engage in active problem solving. In just six 45 minute one-on-one sessions, the women learned how to discuss the daily “sticky points” in their lives and then, as the lead author […]

The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off:  Why we need new approaches to youth mentoring
By January 31, 2018 8 Comments Read More →

The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off: Why we need new approaches to youth mentoring

“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” – Gloria Steinem by Jean Rhodes Over the course of my career, I have met many practitioners who have launched what sound like amazing mentoring programs. The practitioners are often new to the field—passionate about their mission and eager to join the […]

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Mentoring in the age of inequality
By January 6, 2018 9 Comments Read More →

Mentoring in the age of inequality

by Jean Rhodes For the past year, I’ve been writing a book on mentoring and, as I pull together the many threads of history, social policy, and research, an interesting picture is emerging. One that raises uncomfortable questions about mentoring in the age inequality. Mentoring as a field can trace its lineage to the progressive […]

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The 5 most popular Chronicle posts of 2017
By December 12, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

The 5 most popular Chronicle posts of 2017

by Jean Rhodes The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring was launched in September, 2012, making 2017 its fifth year anniversary.  Since its launch, we have posted 1,200 article summaries, forums, profiles, and news articles, attracting over a 1.6 million page views from our 8,100 subscribers and tens of thousands of visitors each month. Interestingly,  while 80% of our audience is […]

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
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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 […]