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New research identifies links between mentee strain and mentors’ response strategies

Wesely, J., Dzoba, N., Miller, H. & Rasche, C. (2016). Mentoring at-risk youth: An examination of strain and mentor response strategies. American Journal of Criminal Justice. DOI:10.1007/s12103-016-9353-7 Summarized by Justin Preston   Introduction Mentoring, in its various forms, has long been touted as a way of offering support and guidance to at-risk youth. While the […]

How to mentor a narcissist: Six strategies for working with difficult mentees

Editor’s note: Surprisingly few studies have looked at how personality characteristics and disorders affect mentoring relationships. This is unfortunate, given how influential a young person’s personality can be in shaping interactions and outcomes (Turban & Lee, 2007).   In fact, a recently highlighted study, showed that relationships involving mentees with higher narcissism were shorter in duration than […]

Now more than ever: Best practice for working with immigrant youth

by Jean Rhodes Editor’s note: Mentors who are working with the many immigrant children in our country are, no doubt, concerned about Trump’s decision to end DACA, or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and, more generally, the anti-immigration rhetoric and hate incidents/speech of recent months. Since 2012, DACA has allowed certain immigrants who entered the country […]

Four tips for having healthy conversations with mentees about race

by Erlanger A. Turner, Ph.D. On August 11, events in Charlottesville, Virginia hit their community and the nation sparking a resurgence of issues with race relations in the United States. White nationalists marched on the campus of the University of Virginia in protest of the removal of a Confederate statue of Robert E. Lee (see article from CNN).  It […]

Six factors that promote intellectual engagement and foster your mentee’s potential

Written by Justin Preston In a recent article published in Human Development, researchers outlined a series of six factors of intellectual engagement that they argue, when present across all stages of life, can help to maintain and even spur cognitive growth. Cognitive growth, or the continuing development of cognitive faculties such as creativity and skill […]

Tips from the American Psychological Association on talking about mental health

Editor’s Note: As May is National Mental Health Month, we are focusing on tips and tools mentors and programs can integrate into their mentoring relationships to provide support to the mentors as well as the mentees, themselves. This article was originally posted by the American Psychological Association, with links to sources from the American Psychiatric […]

Three ways to build a “Sound Relationship House” in mentoring

by Jean Rhodes In his Sound Relationship House Theory, psychologist and marriage guru John Gottman defines the attitudes and skills that lead to strong friendships in marriage, delineating them as the “floors” or principles of good marriage. Many apply well to a range of friendships, including mentorships. In the following sections, three core principles of his theory […]

What a wildly improbable movie can teach us about mentoring

by Jean Rhodes In the comedy, Role Models, two self-absorbed salesmen, Danny and Wheeler, are arrested following a road rage incident and elect to perform community service hours over going to jail. They are assigned to work at a mentoring program where Danny is paired with a nerdy role-playing game enthusiast while Wheeler finds himself […]

Six helpful strategies for mentoring immigrant youth

by Jean Rhodes When he was 15 years old, Javier immigrated to the United States with his mom and little brother. Their plane touched down on a snowy night in Hartford, Connecticut where Javier’s father Osmin anxiously awaited. Osmin had been part of a labor movement organization in El Salvador and was forced by threat of […]

Explaining terror to children and adolescents

by Jean Rhodes, Ph.D. The attacks in Paris raise difficult questions for mentors. Should mentors, teachers, and other caring adults shelter young people from stories and explanations, and shift conversation elsewhere. Although this might be a good idea in some instances, there may be situations when it’s helpful to talk through difficult topics with mentees. Particularly […]