"I didn't know you could just ask:" Empowering underrepresented college-bound students to recruit academic and career mentors

Schwartza, S. E. O.,
Kanchewab, S. S.,
Rhodes, J. E.,
Cutler, E.,
Cunningham, J. L.
Year Published: 2016
Journal Article
Journal Name: 
Children and Youth Services Review
Volume: 64

Issue: May

These authors evaluated Youth Initiated Mentoring, a new approach to cultivating mentoring relationships that trains youth to identify, recruit, and maintain the support of adults who can help them advance their academic and career goals. Using data from a pilot intervention conducted with 12 ethnic minority students in their senior year of high school, they explored whether and how the intervention influenced participants as well as the mechanisms of change. Results suggested that the intervention increased the value students placed on social capital and mentoring relationships; developed their knowledge, skills, and self-efficacy in developing such connections; and influenced their interactions with potential academic and career mentors. Findings highlight the potential of a relatively low-cost intervention to support underrepresented college-bound students in developing relationships with academic and career mentors. Modified Author Abstract.

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