Expert Corner

How do we know that mentoring works?: The many benefits of experimental designs

by Adar Ben-Eliyahu, Ph.D. Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor), University of Haifa

How do we know that mentoring works? How do we know that a child would not have improved anyways? The … Read the rest

A funder’s guide to identifying high quality mentoring programs: From indicators to red flags

A funder's guide to identifying high quality mentoring programs: From indicators to red flags

Editor’s Note:  Through a series of posts, we present, “Making the Most of Youth Mentoring: A Guide for Funders”  In this post, Dr. Carla Herrera surveys different approaches to mentoring, highlighting the positive indicators and red flags Original Publisher(s): Public/Private

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Creating a Culturally Relevant Mentoring Program for Girls of Color

Screen Shot 2015-12-01 at 3.22.16 PMBy Bernadette Sanchez, Ph.D.

Not too long ago, my colleagues and I created a mentoring program, called GirlPOWER!, for African American and Latina early adolescent girls. Our goal was to ensure that the program was gender specific as well as … Read the rest

The Promise and Potential of Mentors in Combating the Opioid Cris


by Michael Garringer (originally published on the NMRC blog)

The last year has seen an increasingly bright spotlight shined on one of the nation’s most damaging and pernicious challenges: the struggle of many communities and individual citizens with opioid addiction. … Read the rest

CareGiver-Initiated Mentoring (CG-IM): Pushing the Envelope on Parent Involvement

Written by Timothy A. Cavell, PhD
J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Psychological Science
University of Arkansas

Three years ago, I had the good fortune of being in Boston for a symposium on mentoring research … Read the rest

What is peer review and why do we need it?

Screen Shot 2013-06-28 at 9.24.30 AMBy Adar Ben-Eliyahu, Ph.D. Assistant Professor at University of Haifa

Peer review refers to a process used for evaluating published academic work, grant proposals, etc. You may think of this process as similar to that of a teacher looking over … Read the rest

Ask Not What Your Mentor Can Do for You. . .: The Role of Reciprocal Exchange in Maintaining Student–Teacher Mentorships

Editor’s note: I stumbled across this impressive study and, more generally, the work of rising star, Sherelle Ferguson. Sherelle is a doctoral student in the sociology dept. at the University of Pennsylvania where she has been studying mentoring, social class, Read the rest

Good Enough Mentors

Timothy Cavellby 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 … Read the rest

Guest Contributor Niobe Way: Why we should celebrate all mentors, male and female

by Niobe Way, Ed.D., Professor of Applied Developmental Psychology at NYU and Author of Deep Secrets

Matching boys with caring mentors should be the goal of any mentoring program regardless of the sex of the mentor. My research with Black, … Read the rest

Using Evidence To Do the Most Good, Even When it Reveals an “Inconvenient Truth”

Screen Shot 2016-01-11 at 7.52.38 PMBy Patrick T. McCarthy (reposted W.T. Grant Foundation)

Our supply of evidence about What Works, though still too small, is beginning to grow. I want to focus here on how we use evidence—how we put it to work … Read the rest