Research Summary

Building Mentoring Relationships with Youth Living in Contexts of Risk and Disadvantage

2016

Building Mentoring Relationships with Youth Living in Contexts of Risk and Disadvantage

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This research summary was developed by Pathways to Education.

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Young people living in situations of risk and disadvantage are especially vulnerable to high-risk behaviour such as drug use, violence, unsafe sex, and social or academic failure. Research suggests that long-term mentoring programs can be effective at addressing high-risk behaviour and supporting disadvantaged youth. However, replicating effective mentoring relationships that develop naturally – with a neighbour or relative, for example – is challenging. Replicating formal mentoring programs is also difficult. More research is needed to inform mentoring practice and help mentors build strong relationships with their mentees. The purpose of this study is to identify critical factors for establishing successful mentoring relationships with youth living in contexts of disadvantage. The study also seeks to identify the types of supports that youth need to develop academically and socially. The insights gathered are meant to inform how to best recruit, train, and support mentors in formal youth mentoring programs.

Pathways to Education. (2016). Building Mentoring Relationships with Youth Living in Contexts of Risk and Disadvantage. Toronto, ON: Author.

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