Tag Archive for: matching

Meta-analysis underscores importance of perceived similarity in mentoring

Eby, .L.T. et al. An interdisciplinary meta-analysis of the potential antecedents, correlates and consequences of protégé perceptions of mentoring. Psychological Bulletin. Advanced online publication. Summarized by Stella Kanchewa Overview: In this meta-analytic study, Lillian Eby and colleagues focused on variations in the mentees’ perceptions of relationship quality and types of support they received from their […]

Gender Matching: An Investigation of Same- versus Cross-gender Matches

Kanchewa, S. S., Rhodes, J. E., Schwartz, S. E. O., & Olsho, L. E. W. (2014). An investigation of same- versus cross-gender matching for boys in formal school-based mentoring programs. Applied Developmental Science, 18(1), 31–45. https://doi.org/10.1080/10888691.2014.876251 Most mentoring programs typically match mentor and mentee by gender. This widespread practice has been supported by theoretical, anecdotal and safety […]

How Formal Mentoring Programs Can Facilitate Natural Mentoring Relationships

by Sarah Schwartz  I recently had the privilege of being part of a conversation organized by the Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania on what mentoring programs can do to facilitate natural mentoring relationships. The conversation was prompted in part by  findings that emerged from  the new Mentoring Effect report, stating that youth are more likely […]

4 strategies (and 2 tools) to improve cultural competency in youth mentoring

by Bernadette Sánchez, PhD. How can we overcome cultural mistrust in mentoring relationships? (see related post) First, as staff get to know youth when they enter a mentoring program, it will be helpful to screen whether youth have cultural mistrust.  Practitioners can use this Cultural Mistrust Measure-Interpersonal Scale that we adapted to use with adolescents. This may […]

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

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 understand what makes YIM programs effective? The Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring is partnering with iRT, a […]

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, Latino, White, and Asian American boys over the past two decades indicates that boys want […]

FORUM: When (and how) should mentoring programs disclose mentors’ personal information?

A colleague of mine recently shared an inquiry they had received from a local program that was thinking through an issue that had bubbled up: Should they tell mentees (or mentees’ parents) that a mentor is gay? And if so, why and when? This was a school-based program serving primarily younger elementary-age students and to […]

Stella Kanchewa, M.A., Clinical Psychology, UMass Boston

I believe that the emerging practice of matching female mentors with male mentees is a positive trend. It allows programs to accomplish their fundamental goal of providing youth with non-parental relationships who can serve as additional supports towards positive growth. In a recent study (Kanchewa, Schwartz, & Rhodes, under review), we drew on secondary data […]

Therman Evans, Esq. President of the Board, Mentoring to Manhood - Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring

Therman Evans, Esq. President of the Board, Mentoring to Manhood

Before a young boy can become a man he must see the image of one. We would never want to discount the power and impact that a woman can have in a young boy’s life. There are numerous examples where women have raised accountable and responsible boys. However, if we want to raise a generation […]

Roland Warren, President of the National Fatherhood Initiative - Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring

Roland Warren, President of the National Fatherhood Initiative

Q. Do you think that it’s a good idea for mentoring programs match young male mentees with female mentors? A. This is not a positive trend because it fails to strengthen the mentoring field by addressing the lack of male mentors. This solution is like running around a weak backhand in tennis. Rather than addressing […]