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The Intervention is a Relationship

The Intervention is a Relationship

By: Kent Pekel, Ed.D and Peter C. Scales, Ph.D. Originally posted at Search Institute blog “I’ve read Paul Tough’s book and seen Angela Duckworth’s TED Talk and I’m sold that these noncognitive skills are important. What my school needs is a way to build those skills, but we also need another program like a hole in the […]

Tactful mentors: A mentor is often someone older, but must she also be wiser?   

Tactful mentors: A mentor is often someone older, but must she also be wiser?  

When I train mentors, especially those with considerable life and work experience, or when I discuss training with mentoring professionals who provide training to such mentors in their programs, I try to make clear my belief that mentors need to know that a youth mentor’s job is not to “talk at” or “inform” the mentee […]

Benefits of Mentoring? It’s a Two-Way Street

Benefits of Mentoring? It’s a Two-Way Street

By Renée Spencer, Ed.D., LICSW We often talk about what mentoring offers to young people today – how it can promote their development and improve their academic, social and emotional functioning. Increasingly, there is interest in how mentoring can also benefit mentors. Marc Freedman, in his prescient book, The Kindness of Strangers, described mentoring as […]

More Than Black and Brown Faces: Diversity in Mentoring
By February 27, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

More Than Black and Brown Faces: Diversity in Mentoring

By Marty Martinez As we celebrate and raise awareness of Black History Month, it is important for the mentoring movement to take stock of our efforts to be inclusive and accessible to all communities. As practitioners, we hear time and time again that mentoring programs and youth development organizations need more volunteer mentors of color. […]

Reflections on being mentored
By January 9, 2015 3 Comments Read More →

Reflections on being mentored

by Noelle Hurd I recently had the opportunity to reflect on the ways in which my experiences being mentored in academia had influenced the way that I currently mentor students at my university. I was applying for an academic mentoring workshop through the William T. Grant Foundation, and (as a part of the application process) was asked […]

Linking Evidence and Practice: A Fresh Look at the Core Elements of an Increasingly Diverse Mentoring Landscape

Linking Evidence and Practice: A Fresh Look at the Core Elements of an Increasingly Diverse Mentoring Landscape

By Mike Garringer One of the things that we like to do from time to time here at the Chronicle is to tell our readers about big new projects that might impact the way they think about or conduct their work in the future. It’s not very often that something comes along that has the […]

4 strategies (and 2 tools) to improve cultural competency in youth mentoring

4 strategies (and 2 tools) to improve cultural competency in youth mentoring

by Bernadette Sánchez, PhD. How can we overcome cultural mistrust in mentoring relationships? (see related post) First, as staff get to know youth when they enter a mentoring program, it will be helpful to screen whether youth have cultural mistrust.  Practitioners can use this Cultural Mistrust Measure-Interpersonal Scale that we adapted to use with adolescents. This may […]

10 LGBTQ Resources for Mentors
By October 10, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

10 LGBTQ Resources for Mentors

Editor’s Note: Recent research findings (e.g. Patrick Tolen’s 2013 meta-analysis) imply that mentors should be advocates for their mentees. In previous discussion of what advocacy means, Professor Renée Spencer suggests that one form of advocacy is a mentor leveraging his or her resources on behalf of their mentee. As we approach National Coming Out Day (NCOD) this […]

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A funder’s guide to identifying high quality mentoring programs: From indicators to red flags
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A funder’s guide to identifying high quality mentoring programs: From indicators to red flags

Editor’s Note: Here is the third and final installment of this important report, written by mentoring expert Dr. Carla Herrera, aimed at providing funders with guidance in determining which mentoring programs to support.   Through a series of posts, we present, “Making the Most of Youth Mentoring: A Guide for Funders” Last week, Carla covered the two […]

New, Exciting…and Effective? Tips on Evaluating Innovative and New Programming

New, Exciting…and Effective? Tips on Evaluating Innovative and New Programming

Organizations are evolving rapidly within the mentoring field – often adapting or launching new or innovative programs to meet local needs (and leverage local assets). Across the Big Brothers Big Sisters network, agencies are adding to or enhancing our core model at a surprising rate. A recent survey of the Big Brothers Big Sisters network […]