Most mentoring programs take a non-specific, “friendship” approach. Yet more targeted (i.e., personalized) forms of mentoring are twice as effective!

Targeted and more problem-specific programs had an average effect size that was more than double the average effect size non-specific, friendship-based programs. Targeted programs were three times more effective than non-specific programs in improving academic, psychological, and social functioning. The mood ring feature enables this sort of specification.

The science of targeted mentoring

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  • What mentoring is, and what is is not: New classification system defines nine different mentoring approaches November 22, 2021
    Nine mentoring alternatives/types—extracted from the empirically based educational mentoring literature—are listed with key associated dimensions in Table 1. Together, they convey aspects of what makes mentoring progressive without identifying every conceivable mentoring type that may have traction in contemporary research. Discussion in this review of mentoring literature centers on two topics: alternative mentoring types and […]
    Jean Rhodes
  • Mentoring and the science of wise interventions November 16, 2021
    By Jean E Rhodes In recent years, my colleagues and I have been studying the consequences of unequal mentoring opportunities in the U.S. Drawing on large, national data sets, we have found that marginalized students are less likely to report having any kind of mentor and less likely to say that a high school teacher […]
    Jean Rhodes
  • Three logical fallacies that persist in youth mentoring November 11, 2021
    by Jean Rhodes Mentoring has come a long way in recent years. Programs are increasingly embracing evidence-based approaches and recent meta-analyses have shown the benefits of more targeted approaches. Nonetheless, there remain  three fairly persistent fallacies in our field that have distracted programs from the difficult work of creating effective, enduring relationships. But once we […]
    Jean Rhodes
  • When it comes to mentoring, sometimes the rich get richer November 3, 2021
    Jean Rhodes
  • Scaling supportive accountability and the future of mentoring relationships October 14, 2021
    By Julia Freeland Fisher, Christensen Institute Last spring, I had the chance to speak with Jean Rhodes, a leading researcher in the world of mentoring, and author of the book Older and Wiser: New Ideas for Youth Mentoring in the 21st Century. For schools managing yet another year of pandemic upheavals, Rhodes’ findings offer a […]
    Ariel Ervin
  • Creating a culture of belonging: How teachers and mentors can help students navigate the return to in-person learning September 19, 2021
    by Jean E Rhodes School closures and the loss of face-to face instruction remain persistent struggles as schools work to contain COVID-19. In recent months, researchers have begun to publish studies and reports that have explored the academic and social toll that these closures have taken on students academic and social-emotional well-being. In a new […]
    Justin Preston
  • Five important takeaways from a new meta-analysis September 6, 2021
    Poon, C. Y. S., Christensen, K. M., & Rhodes, J. E. (2021). A Meta-analysis of the Effects of Mentoring on Youth in Foster Care. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-021-01472-6 By Jean Rhodes, Cyanea Poon, and Kirsten Christensen Introduction  Research suggests that mentoring programs may promote a range of positive outcomes in youth populations. Less is known, […]
    Ariel Ervin
  • “There’s an App for that!”: How technology-delivered interventions could revolutionize mentoring August 20, 2021
    by Jean Rhodes In an influential chapter, mentoring researchers Timothy Cavell and Chris Elledge (2014) argued that the field of youth mentoring needs to move from the common “relationship as intervention” model (i.e., the friendship model where the primary goal is form a close bond) to a “relationship as a context for intervention” model. In this latter […]
    Jean Rhodes
  • The road ahead: Task shifting, stepped care, and paraprofessional mentoring August 18, 2021
    by Jean Rhodes As millions of children and adolescents cope with COVID-related loss, disruption, and social isolation, the demand for mental health services, including those provided by psychologists, counselors, and social workers, are expected to vastly exceed the supply. Even before the pandemic, less than a third of children and adolescents who needed mental health […]
    Jean Rhodes
  • Should mentors discuss COVID-19 vaccines with their mentees? It’s complicated. July 25, 2021
    by Jean Rhodes The CDC recently provided valuable guidance on how to discuss the COVID-19 vaccine, including listening with empathy and asking open-ended questions. Likewise, last week, an NPR Health News report answered teens’ most pressing questions about the vaccine. These are useful resources, as teens tend to rely heavily on social media and can […]
    Jean Rhodes