Mentoring: A Promising Strategy for Youth Development (2002)

Mentoring: A Promising Strategy for Youth Development

http://www.childtrends.org/wp-content/uploads/2002/02/MentoringRB.pdf

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.