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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 […]

Meet positive youth development expert Reed Larson

Meet positive youth development expert Reed Larson

Editor’s note: Reed Larson’s seminal research on the lives of teenagers helped to launch the field of positive youth development, and his insights and findings continue to enrich the work of mentoring researchers. His work explores the contexts of daily life and how developmental processes unfold in extra-curricular activities. Reed is a professor in the Department of Human and Community […]

What is peer review and why do we need it?

What is peer review and why do we need it?

By Adar Ben-Eliyahu, Ph.D. Assistant Professor at University of Haifa Peer review refers to a process used for evaluating published academic work, grant proposals, etc. You may think of this process as similar to that of a teacher looking over their students’ work, except that, instead of teachers and students, it is expert colleagues. Who are […]

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 […]

Therapists’ personal lives affect their helping relationships: Implications for mentoring

Therapists’ personal lives affect their helping relationships: Implications for mentoring

summarized by UMB doctoral student in clinical psychology Laura Yoviene Nissen-Lie, H., Havik, O., Hoglend, P., Monsen, J., & Ronnestad, M. (2017). The contribution of the quality of therapists’ personal lives to the development of the working alliance. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 60 (4), 483-495. Problem: Much research has pointed to the individual therapist as […]

Study of natural mentors highlights importance of relationship quality

Study of natural mentors highlights importance of relationship quality

Whitney, Hendricker & Offutt (2014). Moderating factors of natural mentoring relationships, problem behaviors, and emotional well-being. Mentoring and Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 19(1), 83-105. Summarized by Stella Kanchewa, Ph.D. Researcher and practitioners alike have noted that quality mentoring relationships in which there is a sense of trust, mutuality and closeness have the greatest potential to […]

What metric should we use to measure program success?

What metric should we use to measure program success?

Let’s focus on how large program effects are, not how probable they are. By Michael Karcher Editors Note: In this post, Professor Michael Karcher shares with us his considerable expertise in statistics and program evaluation. In doing so, he makes a strong and compelling case for using “effect sizes” as opposed to “statistical significance” as […]