Dr. David DuBois is an Associate Professor in the Division of Community Health Sciences within the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois-Chicago. DuBois has authored several journal articles and book chapters on the topic of mentoring, including a recent meta-analytic literature review on the effectiveness of youth mentoring programs. Currently, he is co-investigator on a study funded by the William T. Grant Foundation to examine youths’ natural mentoring relationships with staff at Boys and Girls Clubs. He also has served on the board of a community mentoring agency, served as faculty advisor to the university chapter of a Big Brothers/Big Sisters (BB/BS) program, and been a BB/BS mentor himself.
Dr. Michael Karcher is an Assistant Professor of Education and Human Development at the University of Texas-San Antonio. Karcher has researched and written about the contexts and individual characteristics that help mentors to persist, what happens when mentoring relationships end prematurely, and what occurs between mentors and mentees in successful matches. He has focused primarily on cross-age mentoring in schools, and has developed and evaluated school-based mentoring programs in Texas, Wisconsin, and New York. He is on the editorial boards of Psychology in the Schools and Professional School Counseling. He has just completed a three-year study of mentoring funded by the U.S. Department of Education and is currently examining school-based mentoring conducted through Communities In Schools.