The positive impact of mentoring - Kiwanis Kids
Within a research context, a growing body of work has highlighted the complexities and diversities of youth transitions to adulthood. Thus, we now know that there multiple pathways to adulthood and that these continue to be structured by race, class and gender (Furlong and Cartmel, 1997). There has also been greater recognition of young people as social actors themselves whose own views of their social worlds are of value and this has led to innovative approaches to research design, planning and in some cases, analysis. At a theoretical level, Beck's (1992) work on the 'risk society' is helpful in framing such developments.
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There was a grandmother dancing by herself in complete joy and just enjoying the moment. I’m not normally a dancer but I realized the less I care about how I look, the better I dance (or I keep telling myself that anyway). I grabbed her hand and looked into her eyes and started dancing. We did a few twirls and then I simply watched to follow some of her steps. At this point I’d usually be looking around to see if anybody was watching and I might do something a little bit goofy or silly. But this was just for her and I. I didn’t care who watched or what else was going on. It was really a sublime moment and I loved it!
The classic definition of mentoring is of an older experienced guide who is acceptable to the young person and who can help ease the transition to adulthood by a mix of support and challenge. In this sense it is a developmental relationship in which the young person is inducted into the world of adulthood (Hamilton, 1991; Freedman, 1995). Homer’s account of the myth of Telemachos and Mentor is usually drawn on to illustrate this definition. According to the myth, Odysseus entrusted the education of his son, Telemachos, to his wise friend Mentor, who was charged with guiding the young man on the way to adulthood. But Mentor was really the goddess, Athene in disguise, an aspect that lends an interesting twist to the story. On the face of it, this story and the classic definition provide a useful starting point but there are several points, which demand closer scrutiny.
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The uncritical acceptance of traditional developmental theories about youth, the culture and gender bound assumptions about family organisation, the neglect of structural factors such as poverty and the reluctance to view young people as social actors have all been subject to trenchant criticism. A strong body of empirical evidence has also shown that the notion of a 'generation gap' has been exaggerated and that parents remain the most significant people in the lives of many young people (Coleman and Hendry, 1999). Nevertheless, this argument retains a powerful hold on popular images of youth and is an increasingly powerful theme in current UK debates around the family, childhood and youth (Silva and Smart, 1999). It has also been translated into rationales for mentoring programmes in both the USA and the UK.
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This piece has explored a number of dimensions of mentoring. It suggests that mentoring may hold potential for work with young people but that this needs to be woven into the realities and contexts in which they live. Rather than one model of mentoring, a variety of styles are in existence, which provide support that is acceptable to young people in a range of settings.
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UK interest in youth mentoring programmes has drawn heavily on the US experience. The theoretical framework for these programmes was heavily influenced by the functionalist sociology of James Coleman (1961) whose thesis bears marked resemblance to current UK government rhetoric. Coleman argued that traditional methods of socializing youth, such as schools and the family had lost their power and authority: schools were failing to equip young people to enter the labour market and the increase in single parent families headed by women was disastrous for large numbers of young people. As a result young people relied on peers rather than parents and were hostile to the norms of mainstream society. Mentoring programmes could compensate for poor family support, 'rescue' young people from the bad influence of the street and peer group and so assist young people to make the successful transition to adulthood.
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Mentoring can go beyond ‘throwing resources' at what may be seen as intractable problems. It introduces a personalized element and recognizes the psychosocial impact of poverty and inequalities. It has the potential to bring communities themselves into an analysis of themes of partnership and empowerment. In this way it could provide a means of regenerating community identities and issues.