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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 […]

UK’s Children’s Commission releases new report on youth mentoring

UK’s Children’s Commission releases new report on youth mentoring

by Anne Longfield The recent tragic murders in London have again brought home how urgently we need to do more to stop young people joining gangs and becoming involved in violent crime. The drugs trade is absolutely ruthless. It grooms children, uses them and then discards them. The police have told me that the level […]

Getting active can help boost mentors’ and mentees’ happiness: New research

Getting active can help boost mentors’ and mentees’ happiness: New research

Written by Justin Preston The benefits of exercise in helping serve as one piece of the puzzle in combating depression and anxiety have been well-documented. Less attention has been paid to the ways in which people who are not depressed may be helped by physical activity. In a recent review of studies on exercise in […]

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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Are current mentoring models bad for kids’ health?
By February 28, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Are current mentoring models bad for kids’ health?

BERNADETTE SÁNCHEZ, PHD, NMRC RESEARCH BOARD MEMBER & PROFESSOR AT DEPAUL UNIVERSITY Editor’s Note: This blog article was originally posted on the National Mentoring Resource Center website. NMRC Research Board members were asked to share their key insights from last year’s National Mentoring Summit based on a workshop they lead, an innovation they learned about, […]

Do your mentors benefit from being a mentor?
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Do your mentors benefit from being a mentor?

Written by Justin Preston In a Forbes article written late last year, Brett Steenbarger discusses what he calls the “psychology of giving”. In it, he argues that, when we experience ourselves as givers, we receive a deep and enduring affirmation of our value to others. That’s nice, as far as it goes, but is that […]

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 […]

School district integrates aspects of adult-youth and peer mentoring to foster connectedness – and improve graduation rates
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School district integrates aspects of adult-youth and peer mentoring to foster connectedness – and improve graduation rates

Written by Holly Korbey, edutopia When the bell rang for early dismissal on a recent afternoon at Cold Springs Middle School in Nevada, students sprinted toward the buses while teachers filed into the library, where posters filled with the names of every child in the 980-student school covered the walls. Taking seats where they could, […]

A positive attitude can help boost a student’s math memory: New research and implications

A positive attitude can help boost a student’s math memory: New research and implications

Posted by Erin Digitale Having a positive attitude about math is connected to better function of the hippocampus, an important memory center in the brain, during performance of arithmetic problems, a new study of elementary school students suggests. Educators have long observed higher math scores in children who show more interest in math and perceive […]

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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