In 2012, in partnership with the MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and the University of Massachusetts Boston, the Center for Evidence-based Mentoring was launched. The goal of the Center is to advance youth mentoring research, make the findings more accessible to the field and increase practitioners’ skills and knowledge in applying evidence-based practice to their work. To further this goal, the Center has developed online resource to share new findings and encourage conversation and evidence-informed practice in the field of mentoring.
Elements of Effective Practice 4th Edition – The Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™ (MENTOR, 2015; the “Elements”) describes the definitive Standards of practice for the field of youth mentoring. By adhering to the Elements, mentoring programs can enhance their overall program quality and help build strong mentoring relationships. The Elements were written by Drs. Janis Kupersmidt and Rebecca Stelter of Mentoring Central, Dr. Jean Rhodes and Stella Kanchewa of the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring (CEBM) at UMASS-Boston, and Michael Garringer of MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership.
Chronicle for Evidence-Based Mentoring – The Chronicle translates research into practice recommendations and is an important forum for researchers, practitioners, policy-makers, and volunteers. Since its launch, the Chronicle has attracted over a million views from its tens of thousands of monthly visitorsand nearly 8,000 subscribers. The site features an impressive editorial board and an ever-changing array of research summaries, profiles, etc.
Mentoring Central – With funding from NIH, we worked with iRT to develop a comprehensive, web-based online mentor-training tool, Mentoring Central. It remains the only evidence-based training program for volunteer mentors.
Connected Scholars – In cooperation with iRT, we have developed “Connected Scholars,” a curriculum-based course designed to facilitate students’ ecruitment of students’ mentors and social support providers. Instead of matching students with assigned mentors, students are trained to understand the value of building their social capital and then, learn and practice skills to expand their social networks. The goal is for young adults to develop life-long skills that will benefit their academic, professional, and personal lives.
Everyday Mentors – With funding from the Thrive Foundation to develop, we have launched a website with evidence-based tips and strategies for coaches, afterschool staff, parents and other adults who want to use evidence-based practice in their work with youth.