"We're in this Together:" A Study on Mutuality in Youth Mentoring Relationships
Gifford, Kathleen C. (Katie)
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As the field of youth mentoring grows, the need to analyze youth mentoring relationships and their efficacy is crucial. My research attempts to discover a greater understanding on not only the influence of youth mentoring on the mentees’ lives but also on the mentors’ lives. Through interviews and surveys conducted at the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, I gathered significant data from both the mentor and mentee. Results were consistent with literature on youth mentoring relationships, which explains that non-relative adult relationships do play an important role a young persons’ development. The results found significant evidence that mentors also gain positive development from mentoring relationships. This evidence can be tied to feminist literature on mutuality.