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Mentoring and Its Role in Promoting Academic and Social Competency

  • Preston A. Britner
  • Lisa Kraimer-Rickaby
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Part of the Issues in Children’s and Families’ Lives book series (IICL, volume 10)

Youth development programs increasingly are moving away from deficit-based models of intervention and focusing more on strength-based prevention models, such as mentoring, to foster healthy developmental outcomes for youth. Mentoring, defined briefly as a relationship in which the older person provides guidance to the younger person to facilitate socially appropriate goals, has recently experienced a surge of interest. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has recently awarded millions of dollars to fund mentoring programs for children of incarcerated parents. The U.S. Department of Education has supported school-based mentoring in poor school districts. Researchers are beginning to ask more involved questions about the systemic, bidirectional influences of mentoring and families and to apply the appropriate research methods to the study of mentoring. Unfortunately, to date, there has been more of a focus in the field on building up the quantity of mentor–protégé “matches”...

Keywords

Youth Development Mentor Program Positive Youth Development Program Staff Adolescent Mother 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Human Development & Family StudiesUniversity of ConnecticutStorrsUSA

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