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.

Directions

We recommend taking the Red Line to JFK/UMass Station. From 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., a free shuttle bus takes you to and from the Campus Center. The trip normally takes 10 minutes.

Taxi/Uber/Lyft: Usually GPS would route you to UMass Boston’s Integrated Science Building drop off/pick up location. Once arrived, you can ask for directions to Wheatley building or get on a catwalk (glass corridor) on 2nd floor and follow W letter directions to Wheatley building. If possible, you can instruct the driver to take you to the main entrance (facing Dorchester Bay) of the UMass Boston Campus Center.

Driving: There are several parking lots around the campus. If you can’t get into the new parking complex, we recommend the Bayside Lot (200 Mt. Vernon Street). Free shuttles run Monday-Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., to the Campus Center. The trip normally takes 10 minutes.

From the Campus Center, take the elevator from the Upper Level to Second Floor. Turn right, and walk the length of the building, then enter the catwalk. Walk straight ahead to Wheatley Hall. Take the elevator to the Fourth Floor. Turn left, and walk all the way down the hallway until you reach a corridor with a glass door entrance a reception area that leads to the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring.