Innovations

New research on how youth-initiated mentoring can possibly redress problems faced by many mentoring programs.

Spencer, R., Gowdy, G., Drew, A. L., & Rhodes, J. E. (2018). “Who Knows Me the Best and Can Encourage Me the Most?”: Matching and Early Relationship Development in Youth-Initiated Mentoring Relationships with System-Involved Youth. Journal of Adolescent Research. doi:10.1177/0743558418755686… Read the rest

A conversation with Whitney Mastin: YIM at the programmatic level

Whitney MastinYouth Initiated Mentoring, part 2: Promise and challenges in implementing YIM at the programmatic level

By Justin Preston

Welcome to the second of the Chronicle’s two-part series on Youth Initiated Mentoring (YIM). In part one, we spoke with Professor Sarah Read the rest

Profiles in mentoring: Professor Sarah Schwartz

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Six Questions with Sarah Schwartz: Youth-Initiated Mentoring and the Connected Scholars Program

By Justin Preston

 

Mentoring programs across the country are often faced with two interconnected, stubborn issues: The shortage of available mentors for young people hoping to be … Read the rest

Tipping points and a path to more effective mentoring

By Jean Rhodes

In a recent JAMA psychiatry paper, Boston University researchers described a very effective strategy for helping depressed, overwhelmed low-income young women engage in active problem solving. In just six 45 minute one-on-one sessions, the women learned … Read the rest

Youth-initiated mentoring: An idea whose time has come

by Jean Rhodes

A growing number of studies have demonstrated the benefits of youth-initiated mentoring (YIM). Rather than being assigned a mentor, young people are provided with the skills and scaffolding to recruit caring adults from within their own networks. … Read the rest

Youth Initiated Mentoring: How it can reduce the use of out-of-home youth care

Dam, L., Neels, S., de Winter, M., Branje, S., Wijsbroek, S., Hutschemaekers, G., Dekker, A., Sekreve, A., Zwaanswijk, M., Wissink, I. & Stams, G.J. (2018). Youth initiated mentors: Do they offer an alternative for out-of-home placement in youth care? British Read the rest

The future of mentoring: An infographic

by Jean Rhodes

I recently worked with a talented team at the MacArthur Foundation Connected Learning Research Network to develop an infographic on youth mentoring (below). In essence, I argue that the number of Americans willing to serve as volunteer Read the rest

Using Youth-Initiated Mentoring in Your Program? We Want to Hear From You!

Putting The Puzzle Together

Is your mentoring program implementing Youth-Initiated Mentoring (YIM)
(where youth nominate an adult from their existing social networks to serve as their mentors)? 

If so, then would you be interested in participating in a new research project to help better … Read the rest

Youth-Initiated Mentoring is a game changer for disconnected youth

DECEMBER 10, 2015
BY: DEBORAH NEARY & WHITNEY MASTIN, MIDLANDS MENTORING PARTNERSHIP, Originally published in NMRC Blog

At Midlands Mentoring Partnership (MMP), our community-wide data indicates that a priority must be made to reach the most vulnerable youth with

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The importance of community context in natural mentoring

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Schwartz, S. O., Chan, C., Rhodes, J., & Scales, P. (2013). Community developmental assets and positive youth development: The role of natural mentors. Research in Human Development. 10, 141-162.

 

Introduction: 

Research on positive youth development has highlighted the … Read the rest