ERIC Number: ED404410
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Mentoring: A Synthesis of P/PV's Research: 1988-1995.
Sipe, Cynthia L.
This report is a synthesis of what Public/Private ventures (P/PV) (Pennsylvania) has learned in 8 years of research into mentoring for adolescents. It also identifies the key issues that remain open with regard to mentoring. An impact study of Big Brothers/Big Sisters provides definitive evidence that youth can obtain benefits from participating in a well-run mentoring program. Research also indicates that the key to effective mentoring relationships lies in the development of trust between two strangers of different ages, and that the initial approach of the mentor largely determines whether the relationship becomes effective. One of the strongest of the research conclusions is that of the importance of providing mentors with support in their efforts to build trust and develop positive relationships with youth. Research also suggests that mentoring can be useful as a supplement to traditional youth services programs if sufficient support structures are built in for mentors. Another research finding is that it is not easy to attract mentors, and it is hard to provide the resources they need. Summaries are provided of the 10 mentoring reports P/PV has issued between 1988 and 1995. (Contains 117 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Educational Research, Interpersonal Relationship, Literature Reviews, Mentors, Program Development, Program Implementation, Research Reports, Significant Others, Synthesis, Urban Youth, Youth Programs
Public/Private Ventures, One Commerce Square, 2005 Market Street, Suite 900, Philadelphia, PA 19103.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Public/Private Ventures, Philadelphia, PA.
IES Cited: ED502502