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Title: Intergenerational Mentoring: A Viable Strategy for Meeting the Needs of Vulnerable Youth

Author (s):  Anita Rogers, Andrea Taylor

Abstract:  An estimated 14 million American youths are in danger of becoming school dropouts, drug addicts and criminals. Studies have shown that mentors can help foster self-esteem in teenagers as they go through adolescence. The elderly can serve as ideal mentors for problem youth because they already have a lifetime of experience to share with these younger people. They also have the time to give attention to these teenagers. Elders can be companions, teachers, and role models to the youth.

Category: Programming

Keywords: intergenerational programming, mentoring, at-risk children, adolescents, civic engagement, cross-age interaction, education, drop-out prevention, empowerment

Reference: Rogers, A. and Taylor, A. (1997). Intergenerational Mentoring: A Viable Strategy for Meeting the Needs of Vulnerable Youth. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 28(1-2): 125-140.

Peer-reviewed journal: yes

Link to Full Texthttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1300/J083v28n01_15#preview


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