Over the past few years, Pathways Canada has been investing in research on youth mentoring and relationship-building with youth, with a strong focus on youth furthest from opportunities.
As a result of this work, we have developed a number of resources that may be helpful to researchers, program leaders, and practitioners. We also developed a library of academic and grey literature resources.
I will be sharing these in this community over the coming weeks. I look forward to discussions about research, practice, and helpful resources that can support research and professional practice.
I’ll start with resource that may not sound very exciting, but I think it offers a good introduction to seminal research on youth mentoring — an annotated bibliography on youth mentoring. It presents a plain language overview of seminal studies in the field of youth mentoring, excluding articles specifically about mentor-youth relationships (I’ll be sharing that shortly). For the purposes of this review, youth mentorship was defined as any meaningful relationship between a youth and a caring non-parental adult, in which the adult has the youth’s best interests at heart and helps to guide the youth academically, socially, behaviourally, and/or emotionally (Rhodes, 2002; Dubois et al., 2011).
I hope this work is helpful to colleagues who support young people through mentoring programs.
Youth_Mentoring_Bibliography_Nov2017.pdf (91.5 KB)