Youth mentoring is practiced in a wide range of social institutions, such as schools, churches, local businesses, and community organizations. It is commonly described as a relationship where a nurturing, nonparent adult (mentor) provides social and/or academic assistance to a youngster (mentee) who may be at risk. Programs are both community-and school-based, using both professionals and volunteers. This entry describes various mentoring programs and summarizes assessments of their impact.

What is Mentoring?

Mentors can be aunts, uncles, clergy, coaches, teachers, and other adults. Mentors share one of two types of bonds with mentees. The first is described as emotionally open and committed. In this arrangement, the mentor is like a family member and is engaged in multiple aspects of the mentee's life. In the second ...

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