This volume focuses on the theory, research, and practice of FrameWorks′ decade of work in evidence–based communications strategies for child and youth issues. The articles explain where this approach is situated within the broader conversation on communications for social change; why an iterative, multimethod process is necessary to determine the communications strategies that will elevate the public dimensions of children′s and youth′s developmental trajectories; and how experts and advocates are applying these evidence–based communications strategies to their work on behalf of children and youth.
This is the 124th volume of New Directions for Youth Development, the Jossey–Bass quarterly report series dedicated to bringing together everyone concerned with helping young people, including scholars, practitioners, and people from different disciplines and professions. The result is a unique resource presenting thoughtful, multi–faceted approaches to helping our youth develop into responsible, stable, well–rounded citizens.
1. Youth mentoring with a balanced focus, shared purpose, and collaborative interactions 13Michael J. Karcher, Michael J. NakkulaThis article presents the framework for understanding the nature of mentoring interactions that helps organize the other articles in this volume in terms of their analysis of interaction focus, purpose, and authorship.
2. Mutual but unequal: Mentoring as a hybrid of familiar relationship roles 33Thomas E. Keller, Julia M. PryceThis article presents evidence favoring a hybrid model of relationships for successful school–based mentoring interactions.
3. "I dunno, what do you wanna do?": Testing a framework to guide mentor training and activity selection 51Michael J. Karcher, Carla Herrera, Keoki HansenThis article tests hypotheses regarding the distinction between relational and goal–directed interactions and the importance of collaborative activity negotiations between mentors and mentees.
4. Beyond the dichotomy of work and fun: Measuring the thorough interrelatedness of structure and quality in youth mentoring relationships 71Michael J. Nakkula, John T. HarrisThis article presents and discusses associations between match structure (guiding purposes and activity focus) and ratings of mentoring relationship quality.
5. GirlPOWER! Strengthening mentoring relationships through a structured, gender–specific program 89Julia M. Pryce, Naida Silverthorn, Bernadette Sanchez, David L. DuBoisThis article describes a structured approach to supporting girls through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program that balances focus, purpose, and authorship.
6. Deconstructing serendipity: Focus, purpose, and authorship in lunch buddy mentoring 107Timothy A. Cavell, Joye L. HenrieThis article describes the particulars of lunch buddy mentoring and the reasons that it might be an effective form of youth mentoring.
7. The structure of effective academic mentoring in late adolescence 123Simon Larose, Diane Cyrenne, Odette Garceau, Pascale Brodeur, George M. TarabulsyThis article explores the structure of the academic mentoring relationship in late adolescence through analysis of its varied experiences and mentor behaviors.
8. Building mentoring relationships 141Stephen F. Hamilton, Mary Agnes HamiltonThis first of three commentaries provides a historical perspective on the work presented in this volume.
9. Culture, context, and innovation: A Kiwi Canuck perspective 145Dave Marshall, Karen ShaverTwo leading practitioners discuss the benefits of the contributions in this volume for helping mentors working with youth in Canada, New Zealand, and other diverse contexts.
10. Structuring mentoring relationships for competence, character, and purpose 149Jean E. Rhodes, Renée SpencerThis closing commentary addresses the importance of exploring different approaches to youth mentoring and the potential impact of such approaches on youth outcomes.