Research shows: gender matters

Gender matters. Big Sister has always known the important role that gender plays in mentoring, and now we have the research to prove it. More than 50 practitioners and funders gathered at Bank of New York Mellon on Friday, March 26, to hear nationally known researchers, Dr. Jean Rhodes of UMASS Donahue Institute, and Dr. Renee Spencer of Boston University’s School of Social Work, share the findings of their respective studies on the role of gender in mentoring. The event, Getting Results: Why Gender Matters in Mentoring, was hosted by Bank of New York Mellon and Big Sister Association of Greater Boston in partnership with The Girls’ Coalition of Greater Boston, and included a community dialogue facilitated by Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith.

Click here to read Mass Mentoring Partnership’s blog entry about the event!

Read more about Rhodes’ and Spencer’s research here.

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About Big Sister Boston

Big Sister Association of Greater Boston’s mission is to help girls realize their full potential by providing them with positive mentoring relationships with women. Our vision is to create a mentor-rich community in which every girl has access to the individual nurturing, guidance and support she needs to become a confident, competent and caring adult. Using research-based best practices, we hope to become a national model for gender-specific mentoring for girls which can be replicated in other mentoring programs. Big Sister is an acknowledged leader in building professionally supported, dynamic relationships between girls and adult women volunteers.

Posted on April 7, 2010, in Big Sister Association, Food for Thought and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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