ERIC Number: ED343962
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Mentors. The President's Report.
Mahoney, Margaret E.
This report describes the role of a mentor of young people and a summer program providing mentors for high school students. For two summers, with the help of the Commonwealth Fund, several hundred young New Yorkers were chosen from among high school juniors with little hope of finding a summer job to enroll in a program sponsored by Hunter College (New York City) and the New York Coalition of 100 Black Women. The program combines a supervised summer job with a mentor who takes responsibility for guiding one youngster through the work period and encouraging a future course of education toward new individual goals. The program illustrates mentoring, not as a panacea for social ills, but as a human relationship encouraging and guiding personal growth and development. A mentor differs from a role model in that a role model, good or bad, says "be like me," while the mentor represents a commitment to values and behavior engendering a strong sense of personal worth and encouraging self-realization. A strategy for successful mentoring begins with selecting and developing mentors, and matching them with youngsters carefully. The responsibility for creating a mentor system falls on leadership in the community where the young people live. The young person joined with a mentor may realize a new horizon combining realism with new hope. (SLD)
Descriptors: Aspiration, Black Students, Disadvantaged Youth, Employment Programs, High School Students, High Schools, Individual Development, Interpersonal Relationship, Mentors, Part Time Employment, Student Educational Objectives, Summer Programs, Urban Problems, Urban Youth, Youth Employment, Youth Programs
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commonwealth Fund, New York, NY.
Identifiers: New York (New York)
Note: Reprinted from the 1983 Annual Report of the Commonwealth Fund.