Denzel Washington discusses the power of mentoring

In the September cover story of WebMD magazine, Denzel Washington discusses the vital role of the mentors he encountered at the Boys and Girls Club and throughout his life. Highly recommended.

Promoting mentorship in translational research: Should we hope for Athena or train Mentor?

Steiner, J.F. (2014) Academic Medicine, 89 (5), 702-704. This article was summarized by UMass Boston doctoral student Laura Yoviene. Introduction: Usually in the Chronicle we focus on youth mentoring relationships.  However, with this review we broaden the scope to include an article on the importance of mentoring relationships to research in the realm of academia. […]

Why relationships matter

 In “The Heart Grows Smarter,”  David Brooks discussed the importance of caring relationships, and cited the classic work of George Vaillant who followed a cohort of Harvard men for many years. As Brooks notes, “It’s not that the men who flourished had perfect childhoods. Rather, as Vaillant puts it, “What goes right is more important […]

FORUM: Does mentoring work in rural areas?

by Mike Garringer In my time as a technical assistance provider in the youth mentoring field, some of the most difficult and persistent challenges I’ve seen are those faced by rural mentoring programs. While running a high-quality program is difficult in any town or urban environment, the challenges faced by rural programs are considerable: geographic […]

FORUM: How will the new report on the “mentoring gap” help your efforts?

Earlier this month, MENTOR released The Mentoring Effect: Young People’s Perspectives on the Outcomes and Availability of Mentoring (pdf file), a major contribution to our understanding of just how much of an impact mentors are having on the lives of America’s young people. You can read more about the report and its findings on the […]

Transitioning to adulthood amidst uncertainty: How apprenticeships can help

by Jean Rhodes Coming of age has never been more confusing. Traditional economic and social markers of adulthood have all but vanished, leaving a generation of youth in limbo. Our collective notions of the transition to adulthood — young people finishing high school or college and marching lockstep into lifelong jobs, marriages, and mortgages — […]

Why we study: Confessions of a mentoring researcher

Most mentoring researchers hold advanced degrees in psychology or social work and could easily be raking in higher salaries as full-time clinicians or consultants. Yet all of us have set our sights on mentoring research. Indeed, even as I studied clinical psychology, and learned to speak the language of psychiatry during intensive years of hospital-based […]