The authors argue that youth mentoring programmes may benefit from the introduction of community development principles. For example, the use of local participatory structures has the potential to help develop programmes, make them responsive to the needs of youth, and act as a support for the recruitment of volunteers. Youth mentoring programmes such as Big Brothers Big Sisters were identified as being valuable in terms of both community and youth development.
To explore youth mentoring as a tool for community and civic engagement through the views of adult mentors of the Irish Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) Programme.
Questionnaires and focus groups.
Brady, B., & Dolan, P. (2009). Youth mentoring as a tool for community and civic engagement: reflections on findings of an Irish research study. Journal of the Community Development Society, 40(4), 359-366.
Peer reviewed journal
mentoring, civic engagement, social capital, youth
A total of 29 ‘‘Big Brothers and Sisters’’ completed questionnaires and 16 participated in focus group sessions.
Youth mentoring as a tool for community and civic engagement: reflections on findings of an Irish research study.