ERIC Number: ED436598
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
School-Based Mentoring: A First Look into Its Potential.
Given the strong interest in school-based mentoring programs, Public/Private Ventures visited two exemplary mentoring programs chosen by the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA). One program was in Green County, Oklahoma, and the other in Jacksonville, Florida. Researchers talked with parents, teachers, children, and mentors to learn more about how the programs operated and the effects they have on the students and the school. The visits led to four conclusions: (1) school-based mentoring programs reach volunteers and youth who would not participate in community-based programs; (2) school staff provide information to BBBSA staff to help create strong matches and supervise these matches closely; (3) mentoring in the school context can provide volunteers with support and enable them to act as educational advocates for youth; and (4) strong relationships can develop within the school context, and these relationships can make a difference in the lives of youth. Study findings suggest that involving youth in well-run school-based mentoring programs can be an effective way to address the needs of disadvantaged youth. (Contains 17 endnotes.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Public/Private Ventures, Philadelphia, PA.