Quality in Action #9


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Monthly webinar series hosted by Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota. #9 - Parental Involvement in Mentoring Programs with panelist Andrea Taylor, Ph.D., October 6, 2010

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  • Slides 1-14: Goal is to get through those in 15 minutes or less. Slides available on Slideshare. Resources/web sites available at end of slides.
  • Quality in Action #9

    1. 1. Quality in Action Parent/Caregiver Involvement in Youth Mentoring Programs October 6, 2010 Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota
    2. 2. Webinar Logistics <ul><li>Asking Questions & Sharing Comments During the Webinar </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Raise your hand” & MPM Organizers will unmute you </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Or, type questions (and comments) in the question/answer section and submit; we will respond directly to you or possibly share your question with all attendees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When unmuted, please monitor your background noise </li></ul></ul>April Riordan , Director of Training and Community Partnerships
    4. 4. Goals for the Session <ul><li>Understand the theoretical perspectives that promote the importance of family/parent involvement in the mentor-youth relationship; </li></ul><ul><li>Articulate the tension that exists in the research regarding involving families in the relationship; </li></ul><ul><li>Review the research on parent involvement; </li></ul><ul><li>Identify practices that engage parents; and </li></ul><ul><li>Develop some guidelines for the field about possible best practices </li></ul>
    5. 5. How do YOU involve parents? <ul><li>What are the strategies you utilize to engage parents and caregivers? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do you involve siblings and extended family members? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What kinds of events to you host? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What are the benefits of parent involvement? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the challenges? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How do you handle the challenges? </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Theories <ul><li>Family Systems Theory (Bowen; 1960; Kerr, 1988) </li></ul><ul><li>Parent Acceptance Theory (Rohner & Britner, 2002) </li></ul><ul><li>Systemic Mentoring Theory (Keller, 2005) </li></ul>
    7. 7. Research: On the one hand <ul><li>Non-supportive parents may try and sabotage the mentor-youth relationship by not respecting appropriate boundaries between the mentor and youth (Miller, 2007; Styles & Morrow, 1992). </li></ul>
    8. 8. Research: On the one hand <ul><li>It is preferable to not actively engage parents in the mentoring process in order to minimize the risk of disrupting the developing relationship (Miller, 2007; Philip, Schucksworth & King, 2004). </li></ul>
    9. 9. Research: On the one hand <ul><li>When mentors overstep family boundaries, whether solicited or not, children sometime express disappointment that the mentor’s attention had shifted away from them and are reluctant to confide in the mentor in the future (Morrow & Styles 1995; Taylor, et al 1999). </li></ul>
    10. 10. Research: On the Other <ul><li>Parental involvement was found to be one of the program practices associated with positive outcomes for youth (DuBois et al, 2002). </li></ul>Structured activities for mentors and youth Ongoing (post-match) training for mentors Clearly established expectations for frequency of mentor-youth contact Using mentors with backgrounds in helping roles or professions Use of community settings for mentoring Procedures for systematic monitoring of program implementation
    11. 11. Research: On the Other <ul><li>Understanding what types of parental involvement and under what circumstances may help to facilitate sustained, effective relationships (Spencer, 2010) </li></ul><ul><li>We know a little but we don’t know a lot!! </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s explore. </li></ul>
    12. 12. Three Types of Family Involvement <ul><li>Youth and Family Mentoring : Family Mentoring Program (Barron-McKeagney et al 2001) </li></ul><ul><li>Youth Mentoring + Family Skill Building: Early Risers (August et. al 2006); Prime Time (Hughes and Cavell, 2005) </li></ul><ul><li>Youth Mentoring + Family Activities: Cross Age Mentoring Program (Karcher, 2008); GirlPOWER (Pryce 2010) ; BB/BS (Wheeler & DuBois (2009) ; Across Ages (Taylor et. al, 1999) </li></ul>
    13. 13. Program Practice that Promotes Parent Involvement: Practitioner’s Checklist <ul><li>Understanding the program’s goals and mentor roles </li></ul><ul><li>Building trust between mentor and parent </li></ul><ul><li>Enhancing the skills and confidence of the mentor </li></ul><ul><li>Connecting families to resources </li></ul><ul><li>Others? </li></ul>
    14. 14. What’s missing? <ul><li>We need to disentangle the findings on parental involvement: no clear connection to youth outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>What constitutes the “right amount and the right kind” of involvement? </li></ul><ul><li>What about parent involvement for special populations e.g. refugee/immigrant youth, youth with incarcerated parents, youth from especially challenges family circumstances? </li></ul>
    15. 15. Conclusions Questions Wrap Up
    16. 16. Resources <ul><li>MPM Training www.mpmn.org/traininginstitute </li></ul><ul><li>Web sites & PDFs www.delicious.com/traininginstitute </li></ul><ul><li>This presentation & others www.slideshare.net/traininginstitute </li></ul>
    17. 17. Resources <ul><li>Preparing Parents for the Mentoring Experience - This article serves as a handbook for parents whose children will be entering into a mentoring relationship, giving parents useful advice on how to communicate with the mentor and how to explain the relationship to the child. </li></ul><ul><li>Involving Parents in Mentoring Programs - This factsheet, published by the U.S. Department of Education, gives parents information on what to expect from a mentoring program regarding their child's match and new relationship. </li></ul><ul><li>White House Task Force for Disadvantaged Youth - Page 95 of this report speaks to the importance of parents getting involved in their children's programs, as well as the importance of a parent's duty to be a strong adult role model. </li></ul>
    18. 18. Thank You! <ul><li>Next Quality in Action webinar is November 3rd, 2010; 12:00 – 1:00 pm CDT </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Engage in a discussion about the documentary Waiting for Superman </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.waitingforsuperman.com/trailer </li></ul></ul>