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ERIC Number: ED502229
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 28
Abstractor: ERIC
Youth Mentoring: Do Race and Ethnicity Really Matter? Research in Action. Issue 9
Liang, Belle; West, Jennifer
Given the acknowledgment that not all mentoring relationships are effective and, in some cases, they can do more harm than good, and recent expansion in size and number of formal youth mentoring programs, researchers have begun an exploration of predictors of enduring and beneficial matches. Although little research focuses on race and ethnicity issues among younger youth in formal mentoring programs, some research on the natural and formal mentoring relationships of late adolescent or college-aged ethnic minorities suggests that cultural differences seem to play a role in the expectation, attainment, and experience of mentoring. Ethnicity and race may play a role in the ways that mentors and mentees relate to each other. More specifically, the quality of mentoring relationships may be shaped by the way race-related issues are negotiated by mentor-mentee pairs. Cultural values may impact the types of mentors that are sought, the quality of the connection between mentor and mentee, and may influence level of initiative that results in miscommunication or misinterpretation of social cues by culturally unaware mentors. Recommendations for translating research into action and a case example of a culturally sensitive mentoring program are included. 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
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A