In one study of both school- and community-based mentoring programs, mentors who received fewer than two hours of training reported the lowest levels of closeness and support in their relationships with youth, whereas mentors who received more than six hours of pre-match training and orientation tended to spend more time with protégés and also reported higher levels of closeness.
While we talk to funders about the impact mentoring has on the “average youth,” no youth is “average”
They differ on:
Age, gender, race, ethnicity
Their stage of development
Dr. Jean Grossman, Senior Vice President for Research at Public/Private Ventures (P/PV)
SUMMARY OF IMPACT FINDINGS BY SUBGROUP Dr. Jean Grossman, Senior Vice President for Research at Public/Private Ventures (P/PV) Population Outcome Overall Boys Girls Minority Boys Minority Girls White Boys White Girls Initiate Drug Use X X X X Initiate Alcohol Use X X Hit Others X X (x) X Self-Reported Grades X X X Skip a Day of School X X X X Social Acceptance X Parental Relationship X X X
“ She Gives Me a Break From the World” Renee Spencer, Boston University; Belle Liang, Boston College
Importance of shared activities, emotional support, companionship
Cautions programs serving girls against prioritizing emotional support over skill-building
Mentoring is a structured and trusting relationship that brings young people together with caring individuals who offer guidance, support and encouragement aimed at developing the competence and character of the mentee.
Project Diva is a non-profit organization designed to instill life skills in young ladies. Project Diva’s mentors share how having self-respect leads to making better choices through topics of discussion, break-out sessions, journaling and speakers that will prepare them to handle real life situations throughout high school and into adulthood.
The purpose of the Girls Empowerment Project is to develop healthy self images and teach life skills to girls as they grow to be future leaders. Through group mentoring circles, this project strives to empower girls by giving them an avenue to articulate their opinions, values and beliefs in a positive way.
The Young Women's Mentoring Program is a year-round youth development program focused on building the employment and leadership skills of young women and the self-esteem of girls. Program services include work experience, leadership training, mentoring, intercultural exchanges, counseling, support and after school, weekend and summer activities. The program brings girls together in small and large groups, and one-to-one, to promote intercultural cooperation and cultural appreciation.