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Somebody Who Was on My Side”: A Qualitative Examination of Youth Initiated Mentoring
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Abstract Youth initiated mentoring (YIM) is an innovative approach to mentoring being implemented by the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program in which youth identify and select their mentors. There is great interest in this approach; however, there has been little study of YIM or its implementation in ChalleNGe. Retrospective in-depth qualitative interviews with former ChalleNGe …

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“I didn’t know you could just ask:” Empowering underrepresented college-bound students to recruit academic and career mentors
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This study investigates a new approach to cultivating mentoring relationships in which adolescents participate in workshops to develop their capacity to recruit mentors and other supportive adults who can help advance their academic and career goals. Drawing on in-depth pre- and post- interviews, research observations, and participant feedback and workshop materials from a pilot intervention …

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Bringing Together Mentoring, Technology, and Whole-School Reform
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The iMentor College Ready Program is a unique model that combines elements of school-based mentoring, whole school reform, and technology in an effort to help students develop the knowledge, behaviors, and skills needed to reach and succeed in college. It is an intensive, four-year intervention offered in schools that serve low-income students. Students are paired …

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Children with Incarcerated Parents: A Quantitative Evaluation of Mentoring and Home-Based Counseling and Case Management Services
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There is evidence that parental incarceration has negative effects on children (e.g., on mental health and behavior; Murray, Farrington, & Sekol, 2012). In particular, there has been a concern about “intergenerational incarceration,” or a high likelihood that children with incarcerated parents (CIP) will themselves become justice-involved. The incarceration of a parent brings unique stressors to …

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Youth mentoring relationships in context: Mentor perceptions of youth, environment, and the mentor role
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Youth mentoring is primarily understood as a relationship between mentor and mentee, yet mentors often enter into home, school, and other community settings associated with youth they serve, and interact regularly with other people in mentees’ lives. Understanding how and why mentors negotiate their role as they do remains under explored, especially in relation to these environmental elements. …

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Validating a Mentoring Relationship Quality Scale: Does Match Strength Predict Match Length?
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Youth mentoring relationships have significant potential for promoting positive youth development. Nonetheless, the benefits derived from such relationships depend considerably on the length and quality of the bonds that are created between mentors and youth. Although some attention has been paid to youth’s experience of relationship quality, few studies have focused on mentors’ experience of …

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Community Developmental Assets and Positive Youth Development: The Role of Natural Mentors
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This study investigates the role of mentoring relationships in explaining associations between youth experiences of community developmental assets (i.e., involvement in structured activities and community attitudes towards youth) and youth out- comes within a national sample of 15-year-olds (n = 1,860). Results indicated that community assets were associated with having a mentor, and that youth …

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An Investigation of Same- versus Cross-gender Matching for Boys in Formal School-based Mentoring Programs
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Although assigned mentoring relationships have typically involved same-gender matches, a growing number of programs, particularly those in schools, have begun pair- ing female mentors with male mentees. This practice stems, in large part, from the relative dearth of male mentors and programs’ efforts to increase the availability of youth mentoring to young males on waiting …

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Pygmalion in the Program: The Role of Teenage Peer Mentors’ Attitudes in Shaping Their Mentees’ Outcomes
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Cross-age peer mentoring programs, in which teenagers mentor younger children, have proliferated in recent years, yet there is disagreement about the effectiveness of such programs. This study tested whether teen mentors’ attitudes about children interact with their mentees’ characteristics to moderate outcomes of cross-age peer mentoring. The sample included 221 high school volunteers, 205 mentees, …

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One adult who is crazy about you: Can natural mentoring relationships increase assets among young adults with and without foster care experience?
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During emerging adulthood, most youth receive family support to help them weather the difficulties associated with transitioning to independence. When foster youth emancipate, they confront the challenges associated with emerging adulthood, and are at risk of having to transition without family support. Many are in danger of failing to meet minimal levels of self-sufficiency. A …

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