Beyond the norm: Extraordinary relationships in youth mentoring

Paula J. Pedersen, Sandy Woolum, Blair Gagne, Matthew Coleman

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This study explores relationship quality in a community mentoring program, which matches children and youth with adult mentors. Using data from a 10 year longitudinal study, the article focuses on objective and subjective factors in mentoring relationships. These factors include match length, frequency and type of contact and subjective evaluation of the match by parents, children and mentors. Qualitative aspects of the study include stories of exceptional matches which were awarded the annual match of the year award. The longitudinal data and extraordinary stories challenge a number of assumptions about the mentoring relationship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1307-1313
Number of pages7
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2009

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Funding Information:
Research funded by the Ordean Foundation, JUMP grant (OJJDP), and a State Incentive Grant.


  • Mentor relationships
  • Program evaluation
  • Youth mentoring

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