There are a number of compelling reasons that justify attention to and implementation of non-familial adult participation in the lives of youth, through mentoring and intergenerational activities and programs. This article describes the rationale for activities that connect youth and older non-familial adults together in meaningful and productive relationships. Mentoring and intergenerational programs address specific developmental needs of at-risk children and youth. Both intergenerational and mentoring relationships within both spontaneous and programmatic contexts offer an array of formats that can encourage adults to serve as positive, strength-building influences in youths’ lives and futures. This article offers suggestions for design and implementation of effective mentoring and intergenerational programs.
Adults Are Still Needed! Intergenerational and Mentoring Activities
Evidence Category: Creating the Match
Evidence Year: 2004
Evidence Location: USA
Evidence Type: Journal Article
Evidence Author: Karen VanderVen