Mentoring In Youth Development

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Literature Review 1.

Mentoring is becoming one of the most popular social interactions in the United States today, with an estimated 3 million youth in formal one on one relationship (Rhodes & DuBois 2006, pg 254). Youth mentoring is shown to help youth, especially those at risk in terms of education, problem behavior job readiness, reduction in substance abuse or other anti -social behavior. Most mentoring is community based, in contrast to school based, and most target at risk populations (Jekielek & Moore 2002, paragraph 6). Mentoring programs can help establish a positive relationship with at least one caring adult and youth. These relationships are the corner stone of an effective mentoring program. Even, though each piece of literature
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These practices include training and ongoing supervision of mentors, expectations of relatively frequent meetings and long-lasting relationships between mentors and youth, program-sponsored activities to enhance the development of mentoring relationships, parent support and involvement, and the addition of other programs and services to supplement mentoring ( Rhodes & Dubois 2006, pg …show more content…
To create successful mentoring programs, they need to start from strong relationships. Common trends with in the literature to succeed in these relationships are time/frequency, expectations, and training/supervision. With mentoring programs investing in these techniques, it will create better outcomes for mentoring relationships and in return mentoring programs overall. Furthermore, higher quality relationships were positively associated with youth competency in four domains: Family Bonding, Relationships with adults, school bonding and life skills ( Zand & Thomson 2009, paragraph 39). Not all mentoring relationships are successful for reasons that may range from a lack of program structure, lack of training and supervision of mentors and lack of commitment (Jekielek & Moore 2002, paragraph 31). But those programs that focused on things such as regular interaction, flexibility, and the interests of the mentee were most

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