A Fable About Mentoring and How to Be Close with Those We Love

By Dr. Tim Cavell In a study done over 30 years ago, researchers pulled first graders from different classrooms and had them interact together in a new playgroup several days in a row. Selected were children who well liked by classmates and children who were actively disliked. Also in the playgroups were children who were […]

Does your program serve military-connected youth? If so, researchers need your help!

Does your program serve military-connected youth – those with a parent in the military, National Guard, or Reserve? If so, we need your help in conducting a survey of mentoring program practices. A team of researchers (see below) is developing a model by which schools can provide supportive, school-based mentoring to military-connected students in the elementary school […]

Mentoring Youth of Incarcerated Parents: My Experience Volunteering at Big Brothers Big Sisters

Associate editor’s Note: The following article by Dr. Tim Cavell was originally published on The Huffington Post and is republished with permission of the author. In the recent past, The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring has published content exploring how children of incarcerated parents can benefit from a caring adult mentor. We learned from The Rev. Dr. W. […]

Mentoring Programs for Children of Military Families

by Tim Cavell, Ph.D. About five years ago, I approached some colleagues with the idea that school-based mentoring (SBM) was a good fit for children from military families. Researchers were learning that multiple and prolonged combat deployments were having significant and negative effects on military children and families. We reasoned that pairing military children with […]

Mentors as Shepherds

by Tim Cavell, Ph.D. Nearly 15 years ago, I submitted a grant proposal for a mentoring study that wasn’t funded. Soon after, I switched faculty positions and the idea behind the study was set aside. These days I think a lot about that idea and its approach to mentoring. The idea was this: Youth at […]

The researcher is asking for advice! - Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring

Prevention Corner: The researcher is asking for advice!

In addition to my role as a mentoring researcher, I’m also Big Brother to Kayden. He’s 10 years old and in the 5th grade. I’ve been mentoring Kayden for about 10 months. Kayden is actually my 2nd Little; my first Little moved to another city and so we ended our match after only 5 months. […]