Editors Blog

Two new studies highlight the need for more targeted mentoring

by Jean Rhodes

Doctoral student, Alejandro Vázquez, and his faculty mentor, Professor Miguel Villodas had a hunch. They suspected that caregivers were seeking out volunteer mentoring programs as an alternative to traditional mental health services. Villodas, a clinical psychologist, had Read the rest

The loudest signal in the noise: Acknowledging a remarkably consistent finding in youth mentoring

Jean Rhodes

In case you missed it, a very impressive, very comprehensive report on the effects of mentoring program enhancements was released recently (Jarjoura, Tanyu, Janet Forbush, Herrera, &  Keller, 2018). With funding from OJJDP, the team collected multiple waves Read the rest

5 features of highly effective mentoring relationships

by Jean Rhodes

Mentoring programs can vary widely, but all depend on a caring relationship. How can programs ensure that relationships are sufficiently strong and enduring to accomplish whatever other goals they are hoping to achieve?  Fortunately, decades of research Read the rest

Mentoring youth in a divided nation

by Jean Rhodes

In a recent New York Times column, Thomas Friedman, wrote that he has never witnessed more intense social strife in American life. And that’s saying a lot. As he notes, “I grew up with the assassination of … Read the rest

The mentoring paradox: Striking a balance in our work with youth

by Jean Rhodes

In recent months, I have joined the chorus of many of my colleagues (most notably Tim Cavell and Chris Elledge) in arguing that we have been so focused on building friendships and enduring ties that we have Read the rest

The answers to these 3 questions may rock your world

by Jean Rhodes

Taken the quiz? Good. Now let’s explore these numbers…

Attrition: In a recent study of 6,500 mentoring relationships, we found that overall prevalence of premature match closure was 38%, with rates climbing even higher among youth Read the rest

Embedded mentoring: An idea whose time has come

by Jean Rhodes

Imagine if students were told to pack up their bags and drop out of school whenever their teachers decided to move, retire, or take medical leave? As they emptied their desks, some might be disappointed and wonder what they and their classmates had done to drive their dear teacher away. Fortunately, most schools are robust systems that can absorb the loss of any given teacher.

What do Americans think (and do) about mentoring?: Important new report sheds light

by Jean Rhodes and Matthew Hagler

With the release of a comprehensive new report on the scope of both structured and informal mentoring, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership has provided the field with important new data about the scope of … Read the rest

Shoulda. coulda. woulda: What listening to Joe Durlak might have done

by Jean Rhodes

In 1979, a young psychologist named Joe Durlak published a controversial study in Psychological Bulletin that sent ripples through the helping professions. What Durlak sought to do was to combine all published studies that had compared the Read the rest

New study shows lifelong influence of mentors: But there’s a catch

 by Jean E. Rhodes

It almost goes without saying that natural mentors can be enormously influential– from early childhood through adolescence and early adulthood (Shonkoff & Phillips, 2000; Lerner & Theocas, 2006; Erickson et al., 2015). But, because such relationships Read the rest