Calendar of Events

Youth-Nex hosts a series of events throughout the year, some that are open to the publics and others that are by invitation. Please see the calendar here for up to date information on each event. You can read more about the Youth-Nex opportunities on our events website or see a summary of this semester's events below.



Spring 2021 Event Summary

More information about these events, including presenter and topics, are available on our website. Below is a quick summary of dates, times, locations and downloadable iCal/Outlook links.

Talks, Panels & Webinars (open to all):

Friday February 2nd, 2021 at 12 PM EST

  • Dr. Jean Rhodes, University of Massachusetts Boston, will be giving a talk. Download iCal/Outlook link.
  • No Registration required. Zoom Link. Zoom ID: 964 5955 9330 Passcode: YN2021
  • Title: Older and Wiser: New Ideas for Youth Mentoring in the 21st Century
  • Abstract: Although youth mentoring is one of the most popular and frequently suggested volunteer activities in the U.S., programs are not nearly as effective as most people assume. The results of hundreds of evaluations present a disappointing bottom line.Yet, because the term “mentoring” is so intuitively appealing, and because this approach has been backed by such powerful constituents—from former U.S. presidents to Wall Street executives and professional athletes—the field has been granted unusual license to improvise and avoid the consequences of disappointing findings. Programs could do much better. Yet most remain wedded to an outdated “friendship” model that has remained essentially unchanged since the early 1900s. They rest on the assumption that forming close bonds through conversations and activities can promote a broad range of positive outcomes while preventing the progression of problems. In fact, according to a large-scale national survey, the most commonly reported mentor activity is “making time to have fun,” followed by talking, engaging in athletic, cultural, and creative activities. To more effectively promote positive youth outcomes, these friendships should be leveraged to deliver culturaly-responsive evidence-based interventions that address the significant mental health, behavioral, and educational challenges facing today’s mentees. In this talk, I will synthesize years of research and suggest promising new directions for the field of youth mentoring.
  • Bio: Jean Rhodes is the Frank L. Boyden Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has devoted her career to understanding and advancing the role of intergenerational relationships in the intellectual, social-emotional, educational, and career development of marginalized youth. She has on topics related to positive youth development, the transition to adulthood, and mentoring. Dr. Rhodes is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association and the Society for Research and Community Action, as well as a former Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow and Distinguished Fellow of the William T. Grant Foundation. She has been awarded many campus-wide teaching awards for her advances in pedagogy and scholarship, including the the Distinguished Academic Leadership and Outstanding Service to the Students of UMass Boston Award. Rhodes completed her Ph.D. in clinical/community psychology at DePaul University and her clinical internship at the University of Chicago Medical School. Her book, Older and Wiser: New ideas for youth mentoring in the 21st Century (Harvard University Press) was published in August, 2020.

Virtual Works-In-Progress Meetings (open to all from 12:30-1:30 PM EST):

All WIP meetings will use Zoom link, meeting ID 952 6481 6550 and passcode "YN2021".

BYOLunch & Learn Meetings (for internal Youth-Nex faculty, staff, students and affilliates):

Youth-Nex will not be hosting virtual BYOLunch & Learns. Check back later for more information about Spring 2021.