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ERIC Number: ED502223
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Mentoring: A Key Resource for Promoting Positive Youth Development. Research in Action. Issue 1
Lerner, Richard M.; Brittian, Aerika S.; Fay, Kristen E.
While not discounting the importance of natural mentoring relationships, mentoring that occurs within the context of youth development (YD) programs may be particularly beneficial in the promotion of positive youth development (PYD). Effective, high-quality and enduring mentoring is associated with the capacity for youth to engage in high-quality social relationships, to have greater academic achievement, school engagement, school adjustment, and to view their futures more positively. Some programs to enhance positive development and civic engagement succeed better than others. This article discusses the features of programs that are most associated with healthy and positive youth development: (1) Sustained, positive adult-youth relations; (2) Youth life-skill building activities; and (3) Youth participation and leadership of valued community activities. Practitioners that are engaged in effective mentoring and providing youth with opportunities to build life skills and to undertake leadership of valued community activities can facilitate the development among young people of 5 C's of PYD: (1) Competence; (2) Confidence; (3) Connection; (4) Character; and (5) Caring as well as a sixth C of Contribution, both to self and to society. The article is followed by suggestions on how practitioners can incorporate the research findings into mentoring programs and a list of additional resources. (Contains 1 figure.) [The 10-issue "Research in Action" series, edited by Jean E. Rhodes, is the initial project of the MENTOR Research and Policy Council, charged with taking current mentoring research and translating it into useful, user-friendly materials for mentoring practitioners. For full series, see ED502220 through ED502229, inclusive.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: MetLife Foundation
Authoring Institution: MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A