Editors Blog

The many invisible forces: Why mentoring “best practices” are sometimes not enough

by Jean E. Rhodes

My resolution for 2019 is to finally complete and submit my new book, tentatively titled “Rethinking Mentoring.” One thing I discuss is in the book is that, despite careful screening and interviewing, evidence-based training and case … Read the rest

The 5 most popular Chronicle posts of 2018

by Jean Rhodes

Thanks for helping to make 2018 another banner year for Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring! In case you missed them, here are five of the most frequently viewed posts of 2018.

  1. The most viewed post this year was

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Search and you shall find!: (Re)discovering a treasure-trove of articles and stories


by Jean Rhodes

Since 2012, the Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring has featured summaries of peer-reviewed journal articles, mentoring news, practice innovations, conversations with experts, and more. Although you might not always have time to read the Chronicle when it … Read the rest

How cognitive biases shape our beliefs about mentoring

by Jean Rhodes

When we hear the word  “bias,” we instinctively think of such things as racial prejudice or slanted news coverage, but our brains are actually remarkably susceptible to all sorts of cognitive biases (Yagoda, 2018). Indeed, cognitive Read the rest

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