Campus Corps Therapeutic Mentoring: Making a difference for mentors

Shelley Haddock, Lindsey M Weiler, Jennifer Krafchick, Toni Zimmerman, Merinda McLure, Sarah Rudisill

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College student mentors are increasingly mentoring at-risk
youth, yet little is known about the benefits that college students
derive from their experience mentoring within the context of
a service-learning course. This qualitative study used focus
groups to examine college students’ experiences as participants
in a unique program, Campus Corps: Therapeutic Mentoring
of At-Risk Youth. This course-based, service-learning program
utilizes college student mentors to mentor at-risk youth within
a family systems framework. In 19 focus groups conducted with
141 college student participants, the student mentors indicated
that they experienced significant personal growth and professional
development through their participation in the program
and that the program positively influenced their civic attitudes
and their orientation toward civic engagement. This article
provides a review of related research, describes the program,
explores the findings of the focus groups, and discusses implications
for college service-learning programs.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)225
Number of pages256
JournalJournal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2013


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