Group Mentoring: A Study of Mentoring Groups in Three Programs
Gale, Lisa Y.
Philadelphia, PA: Public/Private Ventures (P/PV)
February 2002, 75 pages
This report examines the underlying premise of group mentoring, which is that volunteers who interact regularly with small groups of young people can fulfill the role of mentor by developing a number of successful and productive relationships simultaneously. Among the key findings were that: (1) the annual cost per youth in the group mentoring programs was lower than typical in one-on-one programs; (2) group rather than one-on-one programs target youth from ethnic and racial minority groups; (3) while the quality and intensity of mentor-youth relationships varied across the 3 programs, most youth did not prefer an exclusive one-on-one relationship with a mentor, and most mentors placed more emphasis on improving peer interactions; (4) reports of fighting, teasing, or excluding youth from group interactions were rare; and (5) the potential benefits of group coaching included improvements in social skills, youths' relationships with teachers, parents, and friends, and school performance. Findings suggest a number of avenues for future research, including the extent to which group situations can offer such important components of mentoring as support, guidance, and friendship.