Content for Mentors

All content relevant for adult mentors who are looking to better serve their mentees.

Tactful mentors: A mentor is often someone older, but must she also be wiser?  

When I train mentors, especially those with considerable life and work experience, or when I discuss training with mentoring professionals who provide training to such mentors in their programs, I try to make clear my belief that mentors need to know that a youth mentor’s job is not to “talk at” or “inform” the mentee […]

Interview with Kelly Baker, volunteer mentor at AFC Mentoring

The Chronicle is proud to interview Kelly Baker, a volunteer mentor at Adoption Foster Care (AFC) Mentoring of Boston, MA. Kelly is a Development Associate at Sociedad Latina and previously worked as a Diversity Fellow at Science Club for Girls. Her work as a mentor was recently recognized by The Huffington Post in an article […]

Fresh Starts for Hard-to-Like Students (or Mentees)

Dr. Allen Mendler, reposted from Even though your toughest students are just kids at the mercy of emotions they don’t understand or can’t control, it can be hard for a teacher [or mentor] to stay calm and not take these ongoing behavioral problems personally. My advice: it’s time to hit the reset button! Tough […]

10 reasons mentors should play cards with their mentees

by Jean Rhodes Who knew? The simple act of playing cards or board games can help promote learning and stronger mentoring relationships. Playing age appropriate card and board games is great way to strengthen ties, improve soft skills, and advance cognitive skills. In a recent Wall Street Journal article, writer Susan Shellenbarger cites research to lay out the many benefits of this […]

When coaches demoralize (instead of mentor) their young players

By Linda Flanagan,  the Atlantic Playing basketball had been a singular source of joy for her. She had taken it up in first grade, honed her talent in year-round competitive leagues, and earned a spot on the varsity team as a high-school freshman. Now a sophomore at a private California high school, the girl—whom I’ll call […]

Laughter can encourage self-disclosure and closeness with mentees

by Jeremy Dean Laughter encourages people to open up and this is the secret to how to make friends, a new study finds. People in the study were more likely to disclose something personal about themselves after laughing together, although they didn’t realise it. Self-disclosure is usually critical to how to make friends, as the study’s […]

The Pocket Mentor: Insider Tips from America’s Most Successful People

Editor’s Note: In this column, we will be continuing our series of offering bits of advice from 101 of our country’s most successful men and women. The advice was compiled by writer Vince Reardon into a book, The Pocket Mentor: Insider Tips from America’s Most Successful People which is now available for purchase on Amazon. After gathering all the […]

You should sometimes talk politics and religion: Here’s why

by Jean Rhodes I was presenting findings from my research on Hurricane Katrina to a group of college students when something very interesting happened. Many of the students were first generation Haitian immigrants, others the privileged sons and daughters of Boston’s elite. Still other were first generation college students from Southie and Dorchester, mixed income neighborhoods near […]

Making a Difference With Youth Mentors

By NANCY H. TILGHMAN Published: April 18, 2004 in the New York Times TAQUIOYA CAUSEY is 16 years old and has lived in at least 12 foster homes. She said that she couldn’t remember her father’s voice, and that her mother, a substance abuser, abandoned Taquioya and her older brother Kevin in Westbury six years […]

Don’t miss this webinar on Trauma-informed mentoring

A New Lens for Mentoring: Trauma Informed Care Thursday, March 19, 2015 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EDT Trauma Informed Care may be a new term for those supporting children and youth in mentoring programs, but it has been a framework for psychological treatment that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all […]