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Mentoring in the age of inequality
By January 6, 2018 8 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
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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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 […]

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 […]

Youth mentoring is rapidly expanding across Europe: Here’s one reason
By September 21, 2017 1 Comments Read More →

Youth mentoring is rapidly expanding across Europe: Here’s one reason

By Jean Rhodes, Òscar Prieto-Flores, & Justin Preston The U.S. continues to account for the largest proportion of mentoring interventions in the world, but many new programs and networks have begun to emerge in continental Europe. There is a new European Centre for Evidence-Based Mentoring, and new programs such as Mentor·Ring Hamburg in 2010 and Netzwerk […]

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Elements of effective texting?: Here’s six tips
By September 20, 2017 1 Comments Read More →

Elements of effective texting?: Here’s six tips

In a recent New Yorker article, writer Alice Gregory describes Crisis Text Line, a new service for youth who are in need of support.

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