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 […]

Difficult mentee? He or she may be struggling with borderline personality disorder

Editor’s Note: In a popular article a few years back, Jane Brody described a “common yet poorly understood mood disorder.” Many people with borderline personality have suffered abandonment or rejection in the past, so they are intensively sensitive to signs of it in the present. In fact, if they sense any signs of rejection from […]


BY GWEN MORAN As an international human-rights barrister, Cherie Blair has traveled around the world and met women in impoverished areas. Many had business ideas but lacked the resources and assistance necessary to get them off the ground. She always thought there had to be a better way to help them than the ubiquitous two- […]

Can you guess who mentored Mark Zuckerberg?

by  Aditya Maheshwari Mentii Apple and Facebook have been known to butt heads at the negotiation table but that never stopped Apple co-founder Steve Jobs from dispensing some sage advice to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Steve Jobs and Zuckerberg developed a relationship in the early days of Facebook; The New York Times reported them often […]

LGBTQ Terms That Every Mentor Should Know

Fenway Health recommends that its providers maintain a level of cultural competence in order to best serve their LGBTQ clients, and one element of this is having a working vocabulary surrounding LGBTQ life and health. In the same spirit during National LGBTQ History Month, mentors should also work to build vocabulary around LGBTQ issues in […]

How teachers (and mentors) can help shy kids learn

Posted by Rachel Harrison-NYU on September 24, 2014 Researchers find that an evidence-based intervention helps shy children, who are often at risk for poor academic achievement, become more engaged in class work, and in turn improve their math and critical thinking skills. Shy children are described as anxious, fearful, socially withdrawn, and isolated. In the classroom, they […]