Are youth mentoring programs effective? New analysis sheds light

By Elizabeth Raposa and Jean Rhodes, Youth Today Are boys more responsive to mentoring than girls? The findings are mixed, though recent studies seem to suggest that boys may derive additional benefits. Does mentoring move the needle more for certain outcomes (e.g., depression, behavior, academics)? Again, findings are mixed, with the most recent comprehensive meta-analysis showing very few differential […]

What are “common factors” and how can they improve the practice of mentoring?

There are certain “common factors” cutting across all helping relationships that seem to account for most of the improvements. These common factors include such things as: a close relationship with a therapist who is warm and respectful; high expectations for client success; opportunities for self-expression; opportunities to learn and practice new skills and behaviors. Others have […]