ERIC Number: ED359295
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Understanding Mentoring Relationships.
Saito, Rebecca N.; Blyth, Dale A.
A study was done to investigate and document the nature and quality of actual mentoring relationships and the processes used to establish and support such relationships in Minneapolis (Minnesota). Interviews were conducted with mentoring program staff about pairs of proteges and mentors, with mentors, with proteges, and with another significant adult in each case who had first-hand information about the mentoring relationship. Four mentor relationships were included from each of five types of programs: traditional, long-term focused activity, short-term focused activity, team mentoring, and group mentoring. A total of 46 interviews were completed. The analysis found that participants in traditional programs described their relationships as meaningful, substantial, and important. Participants in long-term focused activity programs found attitudinal changes and enjoyment. Short-term, focused activity programs such as school-based tutoring brought significant benefits to participants. Team mentoring of more than one adult working with a young person often involved matching a child from a single parent family with a two-parent family and frequently resulted in a special more intense relationship with the father. Group mentoring where one adult works with a group of youth such as Girl Scouts resulted in satisfaction for the adult with the positive response from the youth, and all those interviewed spoke to the utility of these group sessions and the effectiveness of the processes used in the groups. The report includes a chart showing the topology of mentoring programs. (JB)
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Youth, Friendship, Group Dynamics, Interpersonal Relationship, Interviews, Mentors, One Parent Family, Program Design, Program Effectiveness, Tutoring, Urban Programs, Youth Programs
Search Institute, 700 S. Third Street, Suite 210, Minneapolis, MN 55415 ($8 plus $1.50 shipping and handling).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: McKnight Foundation, Minneapolis, MN.
Authoring Institution: Search Inst., Minneapolis, MN.; Minneapolis Youth Trust, MN. BUDDY SYSTEM.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota (Minneapolis)