Entries by Jean Rhodes

New findings from the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring

By Jean Rhodes For the past decade, my students, colleagues, and I have hosted a workshop at the National Mentoring Summit to report the latest research findings from the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring. Since we’re doing something different this year (more below), we thought it might be helpful to share some of the highlights of […]

Reflections on a major new evaluation of community-based mentoring

By Jean Rhodes Mentoring experts Carla Herrera, David DuBois, Janet Heubach, and Jean Grossman have just published a major new randomized controlled trial of the effects Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) Community-Based Mentoring (CBM) Program on the social-emotional, behavioral, and academic outcomes of youth. The study included over 700 9- to 14-year-olds who […]

All ears: Four good reasons to take a more targeted approach to mentoring

By Jean Rhodes For nearly a century, many mentoring programs have tasked their volunteers with building friendships by being genuinely responsive and engaging in shared activities. A study of nearly 2,000 mentors from thirty nationally representative youth mentoring programs operating across the United States, mentors were asked how they spent time with their mentees (Jarjoura […]

Mentoring and politics: Some resources and expert advice

by Jean Rhodes Mentors are often instructed to avoid discussing politics.  But, in this political climate, is it even possible or advisable to avoid politics altogether? With the midterms, contested runoffs, and legal battles, and next presidential race saturating the media, many young people want to understand and engage in conversations with their mentors.  Mentoring […]

Cuteness overload: Why cuteness evokes empathic concern

Steinnes et al., (2019). Too cute for words: Cuteness evokes the heartwarming emotion of Kama Muta. Fronteirs in Psychological Science. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00387 Cuteness overload: An overload of cuteness; when something or someone is so super cute that there is no word for it. Urban Dictionary, 2008 Cute attack: A sensational response incited by the witnessing of […]

What are you talking about?!: New study links conversation topics to outcomes in mentoring programs.

By Jean Rhodes In their latest study (excerpted below), research Michael Lyons and his colleagues have taken an important step forward toward shedding light on the so-called “black box” of mentoring programs. As Lyons, the PI, recent told the Chronicle, “This study was led by one of our fantastic doc students, Noor Alwani (who is […]

It’s time to shed light on the “black box” of mentoring programs

By Jean Rhodes For the most part, the field of mentoring has not yet specified the precise conditions under which different approaches to mentoring “work.”  Psychologist, Patrick Tolan and his colleagues have argued that the mentoring field’s resistance to identifying, implementing, and adhering to standards, including specifying how program inputs relate to outcomes, stems from […]

When your grandmother is your mentor: New study reveals positive associations in young adults

Editor’s note: Here’s an interesting study that I thought you might find interesting! The Mentoring Relationship with the Closest Grandparent and Identity Processes Among Emerging Adult Grandchildren in Poland: The Role of Perceived Grandparents’ Perspective Taking By Justyna Michałek-Kwiecień Published: 29 September 2022 Michałek-Kwiecień, J. The Mentoring Relationship with the Closest Grandparent and Identity Processes Among […]