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NCJ Number: 156011 Find in a Library
Title: Young Leaders Mentoring Troubled Children
Journal: Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Problems  Volume:3  Issue:4  Dated:(Winter 1995)  Pages:31-33
Author(s): S Schneider
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 3
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Traditional mentoring programs match a mature adult with an at-risk youth, and a mentoring organization in Washington, D.C., practices a creative variation of this traditional approach by training high school students to mentor troubled elementary school students.
Abstract: The Young Leaders Program draws its mentors from high school youths who themselves are being mentored. Working in teams, older youths help children plan and execute community service activities. Each team consists of one high school student and two elementary school children. Youths are selected to mentor based on their maturity, interpersonal skills, and willingness to make a voluntary commitment. Leadership, community service, and adequate funding are critical to the success of the mentoring program. The program has helped troubled students feel better about themselves and has improved their school performance.
Main Term(s): Juvenile educational services
Index Term(s): Adolescents at risk; Community service programs; District of Columbia; Elementary school education; High school education; Juvenile self concept; Mentoring programs; Youth development
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