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ERIC Number: ED502227
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 32
Abstractor: ERIC
School-Based Mentoring. Research in Action. Issue 6
Karcher, Michael; Herrera, Carla
School-based mentoring (SBM) is an adaptation of the traditional mentoring model for schools. Involving schools can help programs reach groups of youth who may not otherwise be served, but school-based programs and their matches must adjust to the structure of the school. Available research suggests new and additional mentor training, staff support, and match maintenance efforts, such as summer contacts, may be necessary if SBM is to maximize its potential. There also is some evidence that the school poses unique constraints on mentoring that may interact with developmental and gender norms to make it more effective for some youth than others. Adapting school-based mentoring in ways that better suit the specific needs of boys and girls of different ages will be a significant next step in the realization of potential benefits of this approach to promoting positive youth development. The article is followed by suggestions on how practitioners can incorporate the research findings into mentoring programs and a list of additional resources. [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: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: MetLife Foundation
Authoring Institution: MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership