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MENTOR announces new tool that helps middle and high school student prepare for their future!

MENTOR and American Student Assistance are excited to share ASA Futurescape™, a no-cost tool that helps middle and high school students prepare for their futures anytime, anywhere. ASA Futurescape™ is the mobile-first experience that lets students explore thousands of education and career paths on their own terms. Futurescape is 100% personalized and 100% free. Powered […]

Profiles in Mentoring: Psychologist Lawrence Steinberg explains the perils of expecting adolescents to maintain social distant

In a New York Times piece, leading adolescent psychologist, Lawrence Steinberg (as excerpted below) gives three reasons that expectations for social distancing and mature COVID responses are may be unrealistic. “These plans are so unrealistically optimistic that they border on delusional and could lead to outbreaks of Covid-19 among students, faculty and staff. My skepticism […]

The five most popular Chronicle posts of 2020

by Jean Rhodes Well, 2020 was not the year we anticipated. From the killing of George Floyd to the wildfires that rampaged California, to a particularly bitter political campaign that continues to divide us with baseless claims of voter fraud, and a global pandemic, 2020 will go down as one of the most difficult years […]

The revolving door: Study explores ways to prevent volunteer burnout and attrition

Allen, J.A., & Mueller, S.L. (2018). The revolving door: A closer look at major factors in volunteers’ intention to quit. Journal of Community Psychology, 41(2), 139-155. Introduction: Volunteers provide an invaluable service to non-profit organizations and communities. Unfortunately, perhaps because of the voluntary nature of the role, there is a lot of turnover among volunteers. […]

Quaranteened! Helping Adolescents Cope with Boredom during COVID-19

As we head into the holidays and face additional shutdowns and school closing, many children and adolescents are struggling with boredom and isolation. In this article (excerpted below), adolescent experts Elizabeth Weybright, Ph.D., Linda Caldwell, Ph.D., Erica Doering, M.S., experts in adolescence, describe what parents, mentors, and other caring adults can do to help. “Almost […]

New research brief addresses the educational struggles of Black children and youth in the era of COVID-19

DOWNLOAD THE BRIEF Authors Noni Gaylord-Harden, Ph.D., Texas A&M University Valerie Adams-Bass, Ph.D., University of Virginia Erin Bogan, Ph.D., American Institutes for Research Lori Francis, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University Judith Scott, Ph.D., Boston University Eleanor Seaton, Ph.D., Arizona State University Joanna Williams, Ph.D., Rutgers University Data on COVID-19 transmission rates show an irrefutable and disturbing […]

The Mentor: An American reality show

by Jean Rhodes Imagine a reality 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 in Greenwich and Palo Alto would […]

The pandemic has taken a toll on young adults’ mental health. A new study reveals just how severe it is

By Arianna MacNeill, Boston.com  It may come as no surprise that young adults are experiencing higher rates of depression and other mental health concerns as the COVID-19 pandemic rages forward in the U.S. But just how much higher are these cases compared to the pre-pandemic past? A new report led by Massachusetts General Hospital, and […]