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Annotated Bibliography: Youth Mentoring


Annotated Bibliography: Youth Mentoring

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This annotated bibliography was developed by Pathways to Education.


This annotated bibliography presents a plain language overview of seminal studies in the field of youth mentoring, excluding articles specifically about mentor-youth relationships. We define youth mentorship as any meaningful relationship between a youth and a caring non-parental adult, in which the adult has the youth’s best interests at heart and helps to guide the youth academically, socially, behaviourally, and/or emotionally (Rhodes, 2002; Dubois et al., 2011).

The aim of this annotated bibliography is not to offer an exhaustive and comprehensive collection of all relevant studies. Instead, we present a modest introduction, designed for those seeking an overview of this complex topic, a refresher, or a resource upon which to build more detailed and nuanced knowledge.

This document was developed for professionals who contribute to the wellbeing and development of youth. This includes those who work directly with youth, such as mentors, educators, child and youth workers, social workers, and front-line staff in school-based and out-of-school youth programs. This resource will also be of interest those who work indirectly with or for youth: youth mentoring program managers, school administrators, or youth researchers.

This bibliography emerged from our own internal research on youth mentoring, conducted in the context of program measurement, improvement, and impact assessment efforts. It has helped Pathways to Education Canada better understand this complex field and translate our knowledge into effective programming for youth furthest from opportunities. We share it here in the hopes that it will have similar impact in other youth-serving programs.

Pathways to Education. (2017). Annotated Bibliography: Youth Mentoring. Toronto, ON: Author.

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