Mentoring as a Family Strengthening Strategy

Posted November 30, 2004
By the Family Strengthening Policy Center
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AECF 2004 Mentoring as Family Strengthening Strategy


Using a combination of case studies and Q&A with experienced professionals, this policy brief examines the potential of youth mentoring programs to engage parents and strengthen families. It includes case studies, lessons learned and policy recommendations. 

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Engaging Parents With Mentors Helps Strengthen Families

Mentoring programs have been shown to provide a wide range of positive influences on young people, from reduced substance use to improved school attendance, attitudes toward peers and family, and enhanced self-esteem, among others. Emerging evidence suggests that engaging parents more closely in the mentoring relationship, honoring their role and encouraging them to support their child's participation, can help strengthen the entire family.