ERIC Number: EJ880364
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
The Cross-Age Mentoring Program: A Developmental Intervention for Promoting Students' Connectedness across Grade Levels
Karcher, Michael J.
Professional School Counseling, v12 n2 p137-143 Dec 2008
In cross-age peer mentoring programs, high school students mentor younger students. Prior research demonstrates the positive effects for mentees as well as for mentors. This context-based, strengths-promoting intervention is designed to help school counselors foster high school students' leadership and collaboration skills while simultaneously promoting elementary and middle school mentees' connectedness, self-esteem, and academic achievement. Using a tiered set of students as intervention agents, cross-age peer mentoring programs provide a unique strengths-based intervention for school counselors at any grade level. Consistent with the ASCA National Model[R], but unlike most approaches to youth mentoring, cross-age mentoring programs can be structured by a calendar of connectedness themes that informs school counselors' action and accountability plans and can utilize a connectedness curriculum to guide the delivery of guidance lessons by students to students.
Descriptors: Mentors, Intervention, School Counselors, High School Students, Leadership, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students, Academic Achievement, Accountability, Models, Evaluation, Interviews, Parent Child Relationship, Pretests Posttests
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; High Schools; Middle Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A