Tag: volunteering

What’s in it for the mentor? Seinfeld (and others) explain.
By August 16, 2017 1 Comments Read More →

What’s in it for the mentor? Seinfeld (and others) explain.

by Jean Rhodes In a classic episode of Seinfeld, a puzzled George asks Jerry what a mentor is. “The mentor advises the protégé” says Jerry, and the mentor derives “respect, admiration, prestige.” “Is there any money involved?,” asks George,”would the protégé pick up stuff for the mentor?..laundry, dry cleaning?””It’s a protégé, not a valet!” answers […]

Volunteering can be a multigenerational family affair

Volunteering can be a multigenerational family affair

By Chris Farrell, Next Avenue Contributor  Fiftysomething Linda Meadows, a volunteer with the AmeriCorps Reading Partners program, is tutoring students at the library of Cherry Hill Elementary in south Baltimore, a low-income, mostly African-American neighborhood. “I like to encourage young people. They need to be told they can do it,” she says. For Meadows, Reading […]

From poetry to justice: Mentors as partners in youth’s critical awareness and activism
By January 18, 2017 1 Comments Read More →

From poetry to justice: Mentors as partners in youth’s critical awareness and activism

by Jean Rhodes Sixteen-year old Kayla Harris loves poetry. She pens verses in the margins of her notebooks during class, fine tuning them on the bus as it rattles from her public school in Boston’s West Roxbury neighborhood to her grandmother’s apartment in nearby Mattapan. She composes them in her head each night, tuning out […]

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Being kind serves to elevate your own well-being

Being kind serves to elevate your own well-being

Written by Douglas LaBier and originally posted on the Huffington Post I came across this small but useful study from Oxford researchers, and it caught my attention because it’s one more bit of evidence of our underlying interconnectedness. It shows that doing something positive for others enhances our own happiness. The study consisted of a […]

NY Times: A role model and mentor while dad serves time
By December 21, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

NY Times: A role model and mentor while dad serves time

Written by Emily Palmer, New York Times Sitting in his Harlem elementary school cafeteria after the final bell one day last month, Jaylen Williams shifted restlessly as he read a math homework question out loud. “Ms. Parker buys two pounds of cash — ” he said, rubbing one his eyebrows furiously as his voice trailed […]

Wisdom from Carola Suárez-Orozco
By November 27, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Wisdom from Carola Suárez-Orozco

Editor’s Note: A version of this appeared a few months ago but the topic seems particularly relevant these days. With this in mind, here’s a shortened version Hope it’s helpful! by Jean Rhodes Carola Suárez-Orozco, Professor of Human Development and Psychology at UCLA. Carola is well equipped to tackle this issue. She is co-author of “Transitions: […]

Serving as a mentor pays dividends for those 50 and older

Serving as a mentor pays dividends for those 50 and older

Written by Chris Farrell There’s a mushrooming mentoring movement in America. And that’s great news both for people over 50 who mentor as well for younger people who are the recipients. Let me tell you what’s happening, and why. I was recently in Sedona, Ariz., at a learning and networking conference for the central U.S. […]

“I have seen the power of mentoring firsthand”: Hillary Clinton on the mentors who changed her life

“I have seen the power of mentoring firsthand”: Hillary Clinton on the mentors who changed her life

by Jean Rhodes “At a time when there seems to be so little that people agree on, this is one mission worthy of bipartisan, broad-based support.” Hillary Clinton It’s hard to imagine that the political acrimony (and insanity) that has defined this year’s presidential election could get any worse. Understandably, there’s a strong urge to tune it […]

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Research identifies three keys to enhancing mentoring relationships

Research identifies three keys to enhancing mentoring relationships

Futch Ehrlich, V. A., Deutsch, N. L., Fox, C. V., Johnson, H. E., & Varga, S. M. (2016). Leveraging relational assets for adolescent development: A qualitative investigation of youth–adult “connection” in positive youth development. Qualitative Psychology, 3(1), 59.   Summarized by Rachel Rubin   Introduction: Research has documented the many positive impacts of youth-adult relationships. However, little […]

Other people’s children: The new reality show
By August 18, 2016 4 Comments Read More →

Other people’s children: The new reality show

by Jean E. Rhodes Imagine a reality television show in which privileged empty nesters competed to help less fortunate high school students gain entry into the nation’s highest ranked colleges and universities. The many parents who had successfully shepherded their children through the admissions process from the comfort of their homes from Greenwich to Palo […]

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