New research on toxic stress and poverty: Implications for practice

by Venessa Marks and Julie Novak

This post is part of a three-post series on toxic stress. The first post explains what toxic stress is and why it matters for youth mentoring programs, and this second post highlights what professional Read the rest

Mentoring by the numbers: Some surprising trends in volunteer efforts

By Jean Rhodes and Elizabeth Raposa

Let’s start with a pop quiz. Here goes: How many American adults, aged 18 and older served as volunteer mentors in 2015? And, #2, how have these numbers changed over the past decade? Take … Read the rest

New research highlights potential of organizing social support to promote health

Posted by Katie Delach

To encourage healthy habits and actions, doctors should leverage patients’ engagement with their friends and families—rather than increasing their interactions with medical professionals.

In a new perspective … Read the rest

New research shows benefits of small treats in goal attainment

Posted by Andrew Trounson,

A new study links simple pleasures with making better progress toward personal goals. Enough simple pleasures can even counter the negative effects of a bad day.


The results have implications for workplace productivity and … Read the rest

New research points out benefits of group and individual mentoring for girls

Deutsch, N. L., Reitz-Krueger, C. L., Henneberger, A. K., Ehrlich, V. A. F., & Lawrence, E. C. (2016). “It Gave Me Ways to Solve Problems and Ways to Talk to People”: Outcomes From a Combined Group and One-on-One Mentoring Program … Read the rest

The “warm-glow” theory of giving to others: Implications for mentoring programs

screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-2-48-32-pmby Jean Rhodes

Why do people give their precious time and resources to strangers? Is it pure altruism or are there other motivational forces at work? This is an intriguing question that has implications for our efforts to encourage volunteerism … Read the rest

Being mindful of microaggressions: What are they and what mentors and programs can do

domino-665547_1280Written by Anne Godlasky, USA TODAY

Many Americans have experienced “microaggressions,” but not as many know it.

Microaggressions are the “constant and continuing reality of slights, insults, invalidations and indignities visited upon marginalized groups by well-intentioned, moral and decent family … Read the rest

Mentors can be helpful during college transition period for young adults, research shows

classroom-1699745_1280Hurd, N. M.,  Tan, J., Loeb, E. L. (2016). Natural mentoring relationships and the adjustment to college among underrepresented students. American Journal of Community Psychology.

Summarized by Matthew Hagler




Compared to their more privileged counterparts, college … Read the rest

The new science of gratitude: Implications for mentoring

screen-shot-2013-02-06-at-2-14-21-pmBy Jean Rhodes

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”  Marcel Proust 

 These are complicated times, and many mentors and mentees are feeling distress and anxiety. … Read the rest

Ditch the small talk: When being direct with your mentee can be a lifeline in a crisis

safety-791341_1280Crisis hotlines have been around for years, but until recently there’s been very little data on which counseling strategies seemed most effective at helping people cope. The recent emergence of text-based crisis help lines is changing that.

Designed for people … Read the rest