Archive | Mentoring
Mary Bruce and John Bridgeland
Search Terms: mentoring, survey of youth
Summary: Stressful situations can cause teenagers to feel overburdened and fall into a pattern of self-destruction that includes skipping school, excessive drug use or drinking or engaging in illegal activities. Mentoring programs can support teens through troubling times and prevent exposure to negativity to ensure a proactive journey in their time of need. An ambitious nationwide survey of mentored youth, the first of its kind, combined with an extensive review of literature.
Michael J. Karcher, Gabriel P. Kuperminc, Sharon G. Portwood, Cynthia L. Sipe and Andrea S. Taylor
Search Terms: mentoring
Summary: Mentoring programs can support teens through troubling times and prevent exposure to negativity to ensure a proactive journey in their time of need. This study reviews current strategies, evaluates their relative merit, and concludes that in order to improve intervention more research on the context, structure and goals of mentoring programs must be undertaken.
K.L Osterling and A.M. Hines
Search Terms: emancipation, foster youth, independent living skills, leaving care, mentoring, resilience
Summary: The current exploratory study used quantitative and qualitative data from an evaluation of the ‘Advocates to Successful Transition to Independence’ program, a mentoring program designed to train mentors to assist older adolescent foster youth in acquiring skills and resources needed for successful transition out of foster care and into adulthood. The study was conducted in two phases over two years. Quantitative methods were used to describe characteristics of the older adolescent foster youth and advocates, and qualitative methods were used to describe the experiences of youth and advocates in the program.
Susan M. Jekielek, M.A., Kristin A. Moore, Ph.D., Elizabeth C. Hair, Ph.D. and Harriet J. Scarupa, M.S
Search Terms: mentoring, volunteering
Summary: Adolescence can be a difficult time for teenagers to handle as the growth period represents a time of physical changes, mental confusion, and difficulty fitting into different types of social environments. At the same time mentoring has become more popular as a means for adults to “give back” to their community. This study critiques the monolithic idea of “mentoring” – for instance, by comparing outcomes from group mentoring with those of one-on-one relationships – to raise concerns about well-meaning adults who seek to get involved in that way.