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Stand by Me

The Risks and Rewards of Mentoring Today’s Youth

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$26.00 • £20.95 • €23.50

ISBN 9780674016118

Publication Date: 10/25/2004

Academic Trade

176 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

2 line illustrations, 1 table

The Family and Public Policy


With over two million young people now involved in an adult volunteer program and further growth expected, mentoring is an important topic. Here Rhodes…well summarizes the results of her decade-long analysis, as well as other studies…of what exactly makes youth mentoring programs effective… Demonstrating strong research and writing skills, Rhodes also defines mentoring, discusses some of the social and political factors that have heightened interest in mentoring, reviews the risks of these relationships, highlights some of the lessons from behavioral therapy that might be profitably applied to mentoring, and makes recommendations for further research. Highly recommended.—Dale Farris, Library Journal

Stand by Me provides the clearest presentation of mentoring theory and research I have seen. And importantly, it gives practical guidelines for increasing mentoring’s impact on youth. I highly recommend this engaging and readable book not only to mentors and mentoring organizations, but also to all adults who work with our nation’s youth.—Peter L. Benson, President, Search Institute

Everyone who cares about expanding the availability of quality mentoring should read this book. It reaffirms that we must continue to seek creative ways to meet the wide array of mentoring needs that exist among this country’s wonderful young people.—Geoffrey T. Boisi, Chairman, National Mentoring Partnership

Stand by Me is a treasure trove of ideas for adults who want to make a difference in the lives of young people. Jean Rhodes’s research and synthesis of the ‘dos and don’ts’ of mentoring will help create the types of meaningful bonds between young people and others that will help them thrive, not simply survive. The book contains useful, important information about when and why mentoring works. She explains the quality of relationships needed to create the types of bonds that matter.—Karen Hein, M.D., President, William T. Grant Foundation

Jean Rhodes’s Stand by Me is an important, insightful, creatively integrative, and engagingly written book. Rhodes has discussed with great precision the breadth and depth of academic theory and research pertinent to youth mentoring. In addition, she conveys a sophisticated understanding of the forces within the policy-making community and among youth-serving professionals that, together, place a great burden on mentoring to provide a solution to the challenges to healthy development confronting America’s young people.—Richard M. Lerner, Tufts University

This extraordinary book is a must read for anyone involved in youth mentoring. Jean Rhodes’s wonderfully lucid writing and wise reflections on years of research illuminate how mentoring works—and how it can be improved.—Judith Vredenburgh, Executive Director and CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Everyone who cares for and worries about today’s youth—parents, teachers, program operators, policy makers, funders and citizens who want to make a difference—should read this book. It not only provides useful advice about mentoring programs, but reminds us of the essential role that relationships with outsiders play in successful human development.—Gary Walker, President, Public/Private Ventures

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