Thursday, February 7, 2013
The Importance of Mentoring our Youth
The term " At risk " is a cliche that is thrown around loosely when describing certain demographic of youth. I found an article written about mentoring at risk youth that I felt is a great read.
Here is an excerpt from the article, " Mentoring At Risk Students"
Mentoring caught the public's attention in the late 1970s
when the Harvard Business Review published two articles
on mentoring in the business setting. The first (published in
1978) was titled "Everyone Who Makes It Has a Mentor."'
In it three foodchain executives were interviewed about
their careers (the generalization implied by the title was left
unsubstantiated). The second2 presented data collected on
successful executives and found that two-thirds reported
having had a mentor. On average, those in the study who
had mentors were likely to earn more at a younger age, be
better educated, and be more satisfied with their jobs and
careers. After these articles, subsequent writings focused
mainly on the importance of mentors in teaching career
skills (like networking) to young professionals or in fur-
nishing certain keys to "success."
In the 1980s the mentoring focus shifted to an educational
setting. The I Have a Dream (IHAD) program began in
1981 when multimillionaire Eugene Lang spoke before an
East Harlem (New York City) sixth-grade class and offered
the students college tuition guarantees if they completed
high school. (IHAD includes a mentoring component in
addition to the tuition g~arantee.)~ The event set off a new
wave of mentoring programs in public high and junior high
schools, mainly to combat high dropout rates and encour-
age postsecondary school matriculation. Mentoring pro-
grams are also found at the college or university level,
where they exist chiefly to encourage students to stay in
school or to direct students toward certain career options.
Mentors for both secondary school youth and college stu-
dents are usually seen as serving as role models and are
implicitly charged with helping students navigate the
school or university system.
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