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

The Long-Term Impact of Natural Mentoring Relationships: A Counterfactual Analysis.

Hagler, M. & Rhodes, J. (2018). The Long-Term Impact of Natural Mentoring Relationships: A Counterfactual Analysis. American Journal of Community Psychology, 62:175–188. [PDF]

Striking a Balance: An Exploration of Staff-Camper Relationship Formation.

Rubin, R. O., Hagler, M., Burton, S. A., & Rhodes, J. (2018). Striking a Balance: An Exploration of Staff-Camper Relationship Formation. Journal of Youth Development, 13, 44-61. [PDF]

Does natural mentoring matter? A multilevel meta-analysis on the association between natural mentoring and youth outcomes.

Van Dam, L., Smit, D., Wildschut, B., Branje, S. J. T., Rhodes, J. E., Assink, M., & Stams, G.J.J. M. (2018). Does Natural Mentoring Matter? A Multilevel Meta‐analysis on the Association Between Natural Mentoring and Youth Outcomes. American Journal of Community Psychology, https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12248 [PDF]

How Economic Disadvantage Affects the Availability and Nature of Mentoring Relationships During the Transition to Adulthood.

Raposa, E. B., Erickson, L., Rhodes, J., & Hagler, M. (2018). How Economic Disadvantage Affects the Availability and Nature of Mentoring Relationships During the Transition to Adulthood. American Journal of Community Psychology. 1-13. [PDF]

“Who Knows Me the Best and Can Encourage Me the Most?”: Matching and Early Relationship Development in Youth-Initiated Mentoring Relationships with System-Involved Youth

Spencer, R., Gowdy, G., Drew, A. L. Rhodes, J. E., (2018). “Who Knows Me the Best and Can Encourage Me the Most?”: Matching and Early Relationship Development in Youth-Initiated Mentoring Relationships with System-Involved Youth (2018). Journal of Adolescent Research, 1-20. [PDF]

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]