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Only half of formal mentoring relationships last beyond a few months
Early termination rate is even higher among more vulnerable youth
Grossman & Rhodes, 2002
When relationships end within the first few months, they have potential to do harm
Grossman & Rhodes, 2002; Karcher, 2005
Why Do Youth Mentoring Relationships End?
Youth & mentor characteristics
Youth & Mentor Characteristics
Age of young person at time of match
Youth risk status
Volunteer income, age, marital status
Relationship duration and strength
Sense of closeness or personal connection
Matching based on shared interests
Consistency of contact
Pre-match & ongoing training
Resources & space
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.
Diversity of Impacts
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
National Mentoring Partnership
Leading the movement to close the “mentoring gap”
Premier advocate and resource for expanding quality mentoring initiatives
Works with state partnerships to leverage resources, provide technical expertise for mentoring programs
The Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota (MPM) connects adults & youth with the power of mentoring
Our primary focus is to expand the capacity and increase the quality of mentoring across MN
Throughout Minnesota, we work with more than 500 youth mentoring programs
Elements of Effective Practice
Youth mentoring programs are more successful when they follow proven, effective mentoring practices and strategies
Revised in 2003, the Elements, 2 nd edition, are guidelines for running safe and effective mentoring programs.
“ How to Build a Successful Mentoring Program Using the Elements of Effective Practice”
Program Design and Planning
The companion Tool Kit for the Elements (with CD)
Mentoring - Defined
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.
Types of Mentoring
Locations of Mentoring
Duration of Mentoring
At a minimum, mentors and mentees should meet regularly at least four hours per month for at least a year.
For programs like school-based mentoring, expectations for duration need to be clear to mentees from outset
Mentoring is not one-size-fits-all
Most significant predictor of positive mentoring results is whether mentors and mentees share a close, trusting relationship
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.
Diva Temia's Tel.A.Vision
Girls Empowerment Project
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.
GEP Tel.A.Vision Video
YouthCare: Young Women’s Mentoring Program
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.
YouthCare on KARE 11
LaTishia, YWMP Alumni Youth Mentor
The best thing about being a mentor is learning new things and then going to my mentees and teaching them what I've learned.
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