For years, Professor Rhodes and her students have argued that school and after-school programs, the juvenile justice system, camps, second chance programs, etc. represent fertile, but often missed, opportunities for the formation of strong intergenerational ties. To this end, the team they have been involved in several efforts to improve youth’s capacity to recruit mentors (youth-initiated mentoring programs), to understand and strengthen adults’ capacity to build strong intergenerational relationships across various contexts, and to help first-generation students and others develop more robust social networks. Rhodes is a member of the MacArthur Foundation Network on Connected Learning where she and her students have furthered this line of inquiry.

Related Publications

Empowering underrepresented college-bound students to recruit academic and career mentors.

Schwartz, S. E. O., Kanchewa, S. S., Rhodes, J. E., Cutler, E. & Cunningham, J. L. (2016). “I didn’t know you could just ask:” Empowering underrepresented college-bound students to recruit academic and career mentors. Children and Youth Services Review, 64, 51-19. [PDF]

Somebody who was on my side: A qualitative examination of youth initiated mentoring.

Spencer, R., Schwartz, S. O., & Rhodes, J. E. (2016). Somebody who was on my side: A qualitative examination of youth initiated mentoring. Youth & Society, 48, 402-424. [PDF]

Growth promoting relationships with children and adolescents.

Spencer, R. & Rhodes, J. E. (2014). Growth promoting relationships with children and adolescents. New Directions for Youth Development, 2014(144), 59-72. DOI: 10.1002/yd.20113[PDF]

Mentoring in the digital age: Social media use in adult-youth relationships.

Schwartz, S. E. O., Rhodes, J. E., Liang, B., Sánchez, B., Spencer, R., Kremer, S., & Kanchewa, S. (2014). Mentoring in the digital age: Social media use in adult-youth relationships. Children and Youth Services Review, 47(3), 205-213.[ PDF ]

The interest-driven pursuits of 15-year-olds: “Sparks” and their association with caring relationships and developmental outcomes

Ben-Eliyahu, A., Rhodes, J. E., & Scales, P. (2014). The interest-driven pursuits of 15-year-olds: “Sparks” and their association with caring relationships and developmental outcomes. Applied Developmental Science, 18(2), 76-89.[PDF]

Community developmental assets and positive youth development: The role of natural mentors

Schwartz, S. E. O., Chan, C. S., Rhodes, J., & Scales, P. C. (2013). Community developmental assets and positive youth development: The role of natural mentors. Research in Human Development. 10(2), 141-162.[PDF]

Supporting the transition to adulthood among high school dropouts: An impact study of the National Guard Youth Challenge Program.

Millenky, M., Schwartz, S. O., & Rhodes (2013). Supporting the transition to adulthood among high school dropouts: An impact study of the National Guard Youth Challenge Program. Prevention Science. [PDF]

The test of time in school-based mentoring: The role of relationship duration and re-matching on academic outcomes.

Grossman, J. B., Chan, C. S., Schwartz, S. E. O., & Rhodes, J. E. (2012). The test of time in school-based mentoring: The role of relationship duration and re-matching on academic outcomes. American Journal of Community Psychology, 49(1-2), 43-53. [PDF]