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The Mentor Mindset: The New Science of Motivation

Total Credits: 0.1 CEUs

David Yeager
1 Hour
Audio and Video
Original Program Date:
Mar 04, 2024


Imagine a world in which Gen Xers, millennials, and boomers interact with young people in ways that leave them feeling inspired, enthusiastic, and ready to contribute—rather than disengaged, outraged, or overwhelmed. That world may be closer than you think. In this book based on cutting edge research, psychologist David Yeager explains how to stop fearing young people’s brains and hormones and start harnessing them. 

Yeager explains how to adopt what he terms the mentor mindset, which is a leadership style that’s attuned to young people’s need for status and respect. Anyone can adopt the mentor mindset by following a few highly effective and easy-to-learn practices such as validating young people’s perspectives (rather than dismissing them), asking them questions (rather than telling them what to do), being transparent about your beliefs and goals (rather than assuming that they will accurately guess your thoughts), and holding them to high standards (rather than coddling them). Yeager’s scientific experiments have shown these practices reduce a wide variety of behavior problems, including school dropout, unhealthy eating, stress, purposelessness, mental health problems, and more.

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Define wise feedback.
  • Implement scalable growth mindset interventions.
  • Apply a mentor mindset to create a culture of giving and receiving wise feedback.

Learners will have the option to earn a certificate of attendance or a certificate with CEUs upon completion of the webinar. To earn a certificate with CEUs, the learner must successfully pass the learning assessment with a score of 80% or higher. All learners must complete the webinar evaluation to earn credentials. 

The duration of this webinar is one hour, which is equal to 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). 

Certificate, Digital Badge, and CEU

All webinar participants can obtain, at no additional cost:

  • A digital badge and certificate that provide a web-enabled, verifiable documentation of your professional learning experience.
  • CEUs, which are awarded by passing the post-webinar learning assessment with a score of 80% or better.



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University of Texas - Austin

David S. Yeager is a social and developmental psychologist at the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on adolescent behavior, and addresses problems such as bullying, stress, depression, academic achievement, cheating, trust, and obesity. He often focuses on adolescent transitions—the transition to middle school, the transition to high school, or the transition to college—as a place where there is great opportunity (and risk) for young people’s trajectories. At UT Austin he teaches a popular course called “Using behavioral science to reduce inequality,” in which undergrads’ projects apply the tools of psychology to improve the world around them. He co-founded and co-directs the Texas Behavioral Science and Policy Institute, which houses initiatives to promote equity in the pipeline from school into the workforce. Chief among these is the Texas Mindset Initiative (TxMI), which works with K-12 teachers and college professors to create more equitable and inclusive classrooms; in 2024, TxMI programs will reach 1,000 educators and 100,000 students. His research has appeared in Nature, Science, and PNAS, and in leading outlets in social, developmental, and general psychology, and his work has been profiled in the New York Times Magazine, Scientific American, and in most major newspapers in the U.S. and in Europe. In 2020, he received the Distinguished Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association, and he has received 21 other career awards since 2012. Every year since 2019, Yeager’s was named a “highly cited researcher” by Clarivate Analytics. His book 10 to 25: The new science of motivating young people will be published by Simon & Schuster in 2024. He received his PhD and MA at Stanford University and his BA and MEd at the University of Notre Dame.