The European Mentoring Summit is a biannual event that aims to connect people and projects from Europe and abroad who work in the mentoring sector in order to establish connections and share research and practice experiences.

We wanted to remind you that the Early Birds tickets are only available until the 15th of January. Be sure to get your tickets before the offer expires! Early Birds tickets are at 245€, whereas the Regular Ticket has a cost of 290€. Læs videre “EUROPEAN MENTORING SUMMIT BARCELONA 2020”

The mentoring paradox, and how to solve it


In a forthcoming book, “Older and wiser: Rethinking youth mentoring for the 21st Century,” (Harvard University Press), I explore why the field of mentoring has remained somewhat decoupled from the more rigorous guidelines of prevention science, and has been granted considerable immunity from the consequences of disappointing findings over the years. Although a full explanation is beyond the scope of this post, I place considerable blame on the emotionally freighted term “mentor.”  As programs diversified and moved away from the traditional Big Brothers Big Sisters designation of volunteers as “Bigs” and “Littles,” to “mentors,” and “mentees” (Irby & Boswell, 2016), a semantic sleight of hand occurred that continues to have far-reaching, unintended consequences.

by Jean Rhodes Læs videre “The mentoring paradox, and how to solve it”

From “out of the park” mentoring relationships to consistent, evidence-based approaches

by Jean Rhodes

For years, I was stubbornly convinced that formal mentoring programs should focus mostly on creating and maintaining deep, emotional bonds. I saw attempts to scale back on relationship length and strength, or to rely on curricula, as existential threats to the field–destined to reduce already modest effects. But, evaluations and meta-analyses of youth mentoring evaluations do not support this approach. Læs videre “From “out of the park” mentoring relationships to consistent, evidence-based approaches”

Why youth mentoring programs should prioritize mental health

by Jean Rhodes

Although youth mentoring programs should continue to target the full range of issues (e.g.., academics, college access, job skills), mental health and wellness are particularly important priorities. The basic contours of formal mentoring relationships follow those of professional helping relationships (e.g., meeting once a week in mostly one-on-one relationships), and many youth mentees present with acute symptoms of anxiety, depression, and social, emotional, and behavioral struggles that impede their academic performance and other upstream goals. What’s more, concerns about mental health are often what prompt parent and teacher referrals, and mentoring programs appear to be particularly successful in moving the needle on depression in vulnerable youth. Læs videre “Why youth mentoring programs should prioritize mental health”

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring | Four takeaways from a forthcoming book on youth mentoring

By Jean Rhodes

When I wrote Stand by Me: The risks and rewards of mentoring today’s youth more than 15 years ago, I assumed that it would be my final, book-length manuscript on youth mentoring.  As I  complete yet a second book on the topic, I am struck by just how much has changed in the ensuing years. Although decades in the making, wealth inequality has soared, throwing a disgraceful 22% of U.S. children below the poverty line. A widening gap between wealthy and poor schools and communities has constrained the talents and economic mobility of a generation of youth. The forces of inequality have also conspired to shift the landscape of mentoring, including its optimal role and reach. Læs videre “The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring | Four takeaways from a forthcoming book on youth mentoring”

Three years after the launching of the European Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring: Where do we stand and what are the next steps?

In the spring of 2016, the European Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring was launched in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, in the presence of 150 mentoring professionals from all over Europe. A mainly grass-root initiative of strong mentoring practitioners and researchers, with the mission of increasing the quality, reach and visibility of the mentoring field in Europe. We do this in strong collaboration with the UMass MENTOR Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring and the National Mentoring Partnership to learn from their large amount of existing know-how.

By Szilvia Simon, European Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring Læs videre “Three years after the launching of the European Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring: Where do we stand and what are the next steps?”

Five key takeaways from a comprehensive new meta-analysis of youth mentoring

Our review included all outcome studies of intergenerational, one-on-one youth mentoring programs written in the English language between 1975 and 2017, using rigorous inclusion criteria designed to align with developmental theories of youth mentoring.  A multilevel meta-analytic approach was used to estimate the overall effect size of youth mentoring programs, as well as explore predictors of variability in effect sizes.

What we found: Analysis of 70 mentoring outcome studies, with a sample size of 25,286 youth (average age of 12 years old) revealed that the mean effect of mentoring on youth outcomes was .21. We conclude that mentoring programs remain a modestly effective intervention for youth at-risk for a range of psychosocial and academic problems across diverse outcome domains. There may be particular benefits to targeted, time-limited approaches that draw on the service of volunteers or paraprofessionals with helping experience. Læs videre “Five key takeaways from a comprehensive new meta-analysis of youth mentoring”

YIM – Youth-initiated mentoring: An idea whose time has come

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A growing number of studies have demonstrated the benefits of youth-initiated mentoring (YIM). Rather than being assigned a mentor, young people are provided with the skills and scaffolding to recruit caring adults from within their own networks. Last week, we highlighted a study in which Dutch researchers successfully demonstrated the effectiveness of this approach as an alternative to out-of-home placements. They created a video that describes the rationale for and findings of their method. Læs videre “YIM – Youth-initiated mentoring: An idea whose time has come”

Match Brussels – An advocacy event

Mentoring Meet and Match Brussels – An advocacy event

The European Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring organizes in collaboration with national and regional partners a Mentoring Meet & Match in Brussels, on 18/19 March 2019. It is the second time that such an event takes place, connecting mentoring organizations, universities, businesses and policy makers from all over Europe.

This two-yearly event in Brussels focuses on strengthening the communication between the mentoring field and EU decision- and policy making. It is also a major step for the mentoring field to advocate for the personal, social and economic effects of mentoring. The events translate the impact of mentoring on the lives of people to EU public policy. Læs videre “Match Brussels – An advocacy event”

Refugee coding-school looking for volunteer mentors in Odense –

HackYourFuture is a non-profit working to provide a better future for refugees and asylum seekers by giving them a very job-market oriented education as full-stack web-developers.

HackYourFuture believe that talented and motivated newcomers can bring a lot of value to society and HackYourFuture aim at supporting the development of peoples potential and create better access to the job market.

Læs videre “Refugee coding-school looking for volunteer mentors in Odense –”

The Chronicle: Søg og du skal finde…

by Jean Rhodes

Since 2012, the Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring has featured summaries of peer-reviewed journal articles, mentoring news, practice innovations, conversations with experts, and more. Although you might not always have time to read the Chronicle when it lands in your inbox, the articles don’t go away! In fact a repository of our 1,275 posts (and growing) can be easy accessed through a simple search. Læs videre “The Chronicle: Søg og du skal finde…”

Kronprinsessen: Mentorer for teenagemødre i Kenya | BT Samfund 

Kvindelige forbilleder i Nairobis slumkvarterer og i Kenyas vildtreservater har haft besøg af den danske kronprinsesse Mary og udviklingsminister Ulla Tørnæs (V). De besøgte et projekt i Nairobis slumkvarterer, hvor Ulla Tørnæs fremhæver mødet med Elizabeth Okumu, som hjælper teenagemødre ind i et mentorforløb.

Læs videre “Kronprinsessen: Mentorer for teenagemødre i Kenya | BT Samfund “

Reflections on Research Podcast

The Reflections on Research podcast offers practitioners, policymakers, and leaders in youth mentoring a fun and accessible way to learn about the latest research and reflect on the practical applications of new research to their work.

For de der arbejder med unge og mentoring er disse podcasts om amerikansk forskning måske interessante. Den første podcast er med researchere der har forsket i emnet i rigtig mange år…

Læs videre “Reflections on Research Podcast”

5 features of highly effective mentoring relationships


by Jean Rhodes

Mentoring programs can vary widely, but all depend on a caring relationship. How can programs ensure that relationships are sufficiently strong and enduring to accomplish whatever other goals they are hoping to achieve?  Fortunately, decades of research has converged on a core features or “common factors” that appear to be present in all effective helping relationships. Each factor is helpful in its own right and, when combined with the other factors as well as evidence-based approaches, become potent levers of change. Harnessing the best of relationship science will ensure that all mentors have the tools to develop strong relationships. Læs videre “5 features of highly effective mentoring relationships”