ERIC Number: ED464463
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Students Speak Out: Preliminary Qualitative Findings of a Mentor/Advisor Project.
Welkowitz, Julie A.; Broer, Stephen M.; Topper, Karen; Thomas, Cassandra; Backus, Linda; Hamilton, Ruth
This report explores the impact, through themes that emerged in interviews with 59 participating adolescents, of the Mentor/Advisor Program on students with or at risk of emotional disturbance. The Mentor/Advisor Program is implemented as part of the existing regular education high school curriculum and is designed to promote resiliency and school success among high school students, particularly those with emotional and behavioral challenges. This is accomplished through opportunities for building relationships, leadership and problem-solving skills, and community engagement. The main components of the project include: (1) heterogeneous groups of 6-8 students (those with and without emotional and behavioral problems) meet with their mentor throughout the school year for approximately one hour 2 to 3 times per week; (2) community service learning projects that meet the needs of the community; (3) Individualized Learning Plans; and (4) family and community involvement. Participating adolescents indicated that the mentor groups gave them a chance to be accepted and a sense of belonging not based on traditional social groups. Students also indicated that one of the key reasons they liked the mentorship class was the opportunity for student leadership. The community service learning was consistently noted by students as one of their favorite aspects of the program. (CR)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Behavior Disorders, Community Involvement, Community Programs, Counseling Techniques, Emotional Disturbances, Family Involvement, Group Therapy, Heterogeneous Grouping, High Risk Students, High Schools, Interpersonal Communication, Interpersonal Competence, Mental Health Programs, Mentors, Participant Satisfaction, Peer Relationship, Secondary Education, Service Learning, Social Support Groups, Student Attitudes, Student Leadership, Student Volunteers
For full text: http://rtckids.fmhi.usf.edu/ conference_proceedings.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: University of South Florida, Tampa. Research and Training Center for Children's Mental Health.
Note: In: A System of Care for Children's Mental Health: Expanding the Research Base. Proceedings of the Annual Research Conference (13th, Tampa, FL, March 5-8, 2000).