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Smoothing bumps in the road: Research uses attachment theory to improve mentoring practice

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - January 10, 2018 4671

Zilberstein, K. & Spencer, R. (2017). Breaking bad: An attachment perspective on youth mentoring relationship closures. Child & Family Social Work, 22(1), 67-76. doi:10.1111/cfs.12197 Summarized by Justin Preston   In a recent republication, the journal Child & Family Social Work highlighted an article with some useful lessons for mentoring programs looking to find ways of […]


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Mentoring in the age of inequality

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - January 06, 2018 4407

It’s National Mentoring Month—a time to make last minute travel arrangements to the Summit in D.C. but also a time to reflect on the field. For the past year, I’ve been writing a book on mentoring and, as I pull together the many threads of history and research, an intersesting picture is emerging. Once that […]


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Mentoring gives a second chance to college students with mental health struggles

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - December 20, 2017 3479

Written by Megan Thielking, www.statnews.com Evan Jones was excited when he signed up for a contemporary art class at community college. Then the professor announced the course would focus heavily on class participation. “That was the first class that I dropped,” he said. Jones’s persistent, severe anxiety has shadowed him for years. He’s struggled to […]


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Can a book replace face-to-face mentoring?

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - December 20, 2017 3479

Written by Justin Preston In a recent post, Jesse Wisnewski stated the claim that, for those having trouble finding an in-person mentor, learning from the books teaching the lessons of history can be a useful supplement. To be clear, Wisnewski is not saying that reading a book is the same as having a face-to-face conversation […]


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New research: Acting as a mentor associated with civic engagement years later

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - December 20, 2017 3479

Goldner, L. & Golan, D. (2017). The long-term effects of youth mentoring on student mentors’ civic engagement attitudes and behavior. Journal of Community Psychology, 00, 1-13. DOI: 10.1002/jcop.21886 Summarized by Justin Preston Introduction So often, research focuses on the implications of mentoring for the mentee. This is, of course, a vitally important piece of the […]


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The 5 most popular Chronicle posts of 2017

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - December 12, 2017 3043

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,  only 80% of our audience is […]


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Three ways mentoring can help disrupt the growing racial wealth divide

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - December 07, 2017 2759

Written by Justin Preston In a pair of new studies conducted at Yale University and the Institute for Policy Studies, researchers identified a troubling trend in the United States: The racial wealth divide is worse than we realize, and we are only growing further apart. How bad is it? According to a study conducted by […]


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New webinar from MENTOR: Mentoring Youth in Foster Care

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - December 07, 2017 2758

Mentoring Youth in Foster Care: Considerations and Strategies (Thu, Dec 21, 2017 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EST) Click here to register! Approximately 400,000 young people in the United States are in foster care on any given day[i], many of whom have experienced trauma and adversity beyond their peers. These young people face unique challenges, […]


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Policy Corner: December Policy Updates with Janet Forbush

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - December 07, 2017 2758

Written by Janet Forbush, Senior Advisor with the Center for the Advancement of Mentoring December – 2017 Background: The frenzy of activity surrounding recent Senate passage of a bill on tax reform by a two vote margin of 51-49, crafted by Republicans, which took place at 1:50 a.m. on Saturday, December 2, sets the stage […]


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Ollie Cantos, mentor-turned-father, discusses the legacy of mentoring

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - December 07, 2017 2758

by Ollie Cantos In August, I was privileged to be inducted into the Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame by the National Disability Mentoring Coalition (NDMC). I was honored over the fact that mine was the first induction ceremony to be organized for an individual. Held at the U.S. Department of Education and including […]


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Mentors can help their mentees get the most out of the movies they watch

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - December 07, 2017 2758

Posted by Katie Bohn, futurity.org Children can benefit from both the positive and negative themes of a movie by watching and discussing the film with a parent or other adult, research shows. Researchers analyzed popular children’s movies and ranked their most common positive and negative themes. While the most common positive theme was the importance […]


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New research outlines 9 steps in using mentoring to boost physical activity in youth

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - December 07, 2017 2758

Smith, L. & Petosa, R. (2016). A structured peer-mentoring method for physical activity behavior change among adolescents. The Journal of the School of Nursing, 32(5), 315-323. Summarized by Justin Preston As the winter months roll in, a time typically reserved for hibernating and reduced physical activity more generally, new research has outlined an approach for […]


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Policy Corner: November policy updates with Janet Forbush

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - November 22, 2017 1949

Written by Janet Forbush, Senior Advisor with the Center for the Advancement of Mentoring November 2017 Policymakers at the federal, state, and local levels have been engaged on numerous fronts in recent weeks on issues of considerable importance to children and youth.  Front and center most recently has been passage of a tax reform bill […]


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New review of E-mentoring research from NMRC

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - November 22, 2017 1949

Written by Justin Preston Just last month, the National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC) released a review of the latest research on electronic mentoring, or e-mentoring. The report, written by Michelle Kaufman of Johns Hopkins University, is organized around four distinct questions related to e-mentoring: What is the documented effectiveness of this approach to mentoring? What […]


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New research identifies links between mentee strain and mentors’ response strategies

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - November 22, 2017 1949

Wesely, J., Dzoba, N., Miller, H. & Rasche, C. (2016). Mentoring at-risk youth: An examination of strain and mentor response strategies. American Journal of Criminal Justice. DOI:10.1007/s12103-016-9353-7 Summarized by Justin Preston   Introduction Mentoring, in its various forms, has long been touted as a way of offering support and guidance to at-risk youth. While the […]


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The story of the Navy’s first African American aviator is a story of mentoring, too

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - November 22, 2017 1949

Written by Justin Preston With the passing of Medal of Honor recipient Thomas J. Hudner, Jr., CNN has posted a wonderful story (Note: some language used in the article may be offensive to readers) on Hudner’s relationship with the Navy’s first African American aviator, Jesse Leroy Brown. Below is the opening excerpt from the story: […]


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Five factors that explain our field’s resistance to evidence-based practice

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - November 22, 2017 1944

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 […]


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New research investigates empathy and ethnic identity in mentoring for minority girls

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - November 09, 2017 1229

Peifer, J. S., Lawrence, E. C., Williams, J. L., & Leyton-Armakan, J. (2016). The culture of mentoring: Ethnocultural empathy and ethnic identity in mentoring for minority girls. Cultural Diversity And Ethnic Minority Psychology, 22(3), 440-446. doi:10.1037/cdp0000078 Summarized by Bri Santaniello   Introduction Research all over the world shows mentoring can contribute various positive outcomes in […]


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How to mentor a narcissist: Six strategies for working with difficult mentees

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - November 08, 2017 1181

Editor’s note: Surprisingly few studies have looked at how personality characteristics and disorders affect mentoring relationships. This is unfortunate, given how influential a young person’s personality can be in shaping interactions and outcomes (Turban & Lee, 2007).   In fact, a recently highlighted study, showed that relationships involving mentees with higher narcissism were shorter in duration than […]


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Volunteer coaches as mentors: Tapping a natural resource

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - October 27, 2017 534

Click above to listen to Mentoring U’s Micheline Mann engage in a lively conversation with Program Director of an innovative coaching program, Project Coach. by Jean Rhodes  This week, we introduce a new podcast that explores a great program, Project Coach, which uses an innovative “cascading mentoring” model to engage students as both coaches and mentees. Mentoring U’s Micheline Mann engages […]


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Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Torie Weiston-Serdan on Critical Mentoring

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - October 26, 2017 449

Written by Vera van den Berg  Torie Weiston-Serdan is the founder of the Youth Mentoring Action Network— a non-profit organization that focuses on youth mentoring. Moreover, Torie Weiston-Serdan is the author of “Critical mentoring: A practical guide”. She examines how marginalized and minority youth are served by mentoring and mentoring organizations. Critical mentoring, central to […]


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Good Enough Mentors

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - October 25, 2017 424

by Timothy Cavell   In the 2nd edition of the Handbook of Youth Mentoring (DuBois & Karcher, 2013), Chris Elledge and I (Cavell & Elledge, 2013) offered this definition of youth mentoring: Youth men­toring is the practice of using program-sponsored relationships between identified youth and older volunteers (or paraprofessionals) as a context for prevention-focused activities […]


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Transference: A rarely acknowledged dimension of youth mentoring relationships

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - October 25, 2017 420

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 […]


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Why “intentional” mentoring is so important

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - October 23, 2017 295

by Jean Rhodes I’d like to make the case make for intentional mentoring in all youth settings, but I’ll 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 […]


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