ERIC Number: ED324385
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Linking Up: Final Report on a Mentoring Program for Youth.
Hamilton, Stephen F.; Hamilton, Mary Agnes
This evaluation assesses Linking Up, a demonstration program investigating the process and consequences of mentoring. The program matched seventh- and eighth-graders with adult mentors in a small, rural junior-senior high school and an urban junior-senior high school. Student participants were selected to reflect the risk levels of each school's enrollment. Neither the program nor the associated studies achieved the magnitude originally intended because recruiting, training, and matching mentors required more time and staff resources than planned. A process evaluation that monitored the formation of mentoring relationships found that about half of the student/mentor pairs were not meeting regularly because of problems with scheduling, transportation, communication, and/or mentor expectations. The following conclusions are reported: (1) mentors should be recruited in large groups; (2) programs should only focus on at-risk students; (3) mentors need clear goals; (4) the most functional mentor goal is building student competence; (5) mentors need continuing support; (6) programs encounter the same barriers that prevent the development of natural mentoring relationships; (7) mentoring early adolescents needs a context other than career development or "big sibling"; and (8) mentoring is worthwhile. A description of program personnel, a review of the literature on mentoring, and a list of 38 references are appended. (FMW)
Descriptors: Demonstration Programs, Formative Evaluation, Helping Relationship, Interpersonal Relationship, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Mentors, Preadolescents, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Rural Schools, Urban Schools
Cornell University, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Martha Van Rensselaer Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-4401.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Researchers
Authoring Institution: Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY. Dept of Human Development and Family Studies.