The Future of Youth Mentoring

Connecting youth living in contexts of risk with caring adult mentors has been shown to have a positive impact on their development: "Youth who can identify at least one supportive adult within their social networks have been shown to have better outcomes across a range of important academic, behavioral, and health domains." To further prepare young people for transition into adulthood, mentoring initiatives should help them build their own networks of mentors. Known as Youth-Initiated Mentoring (YIM), this approach is showing promise.


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