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Hawai'i Youth at Risk? Conceptual Challenges in Communicating a Statewide Mentoring Initiative.

Pollard, Vincent Kelly

Abstract: This paper discusses several issues considered as part of a statewide mentoring initiative. It is divided into three sections. The first section summarizes the key issues associated with short-term mentoring and mentoring in a longer-term, socially transformative context. Data from Comprehensive School Alienation Program is discussed concerning trends in the number of youth identified as at risk of becoming early leavers from Hawaii public schools. It includes information on the kinds of behavior mentoring is intended to elicit; compares different concepts of mentoring; and questions how the mentoring adult can be effective and influence the at-risk youth. The second contains 12 appendixes that include a selection of mentoring handouts, readings, and relevant data. The final section lists references to literature and additional resources on mentoring at-risk youth that can be helpful for executives of mentoring programs and for facilitators who mentor training sessions. The paper is for use by agencies that fund, lead, and participate in or evaluate the mentoring initiative to help them increase the resiliency of their mentors and mentees. (Contains 12 appendixes, 8 figures, and 67 references.) (JDM)

Title: Hawai'i Youth at Risk? Conceptual Challenges in Communicating a Statewide Mentoring Initiative.
Author: Pollard, Vincent Kelly
Note: Written with Val M. Johnston and Lloyd Asato.
Page Length: 132
Publication Year: 1999
Document Type: Project Description (141)
Target Audience: Administrators and Policymakers and Practitioners
ERIC Identifier: ED443035
Clearinghouse Identifier: CG029989
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Descriptors: Adolescents; Behavior Modification; Dropouts; * High Risk Students; High Schools; * Mentors; Prevention; Public Education; Resilience [Personality]; * State Programs; * Youth Problems

Identifiers: Hawaii

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