The use of mentors in social services programs has become an increasingly common intervention, and typically aims to increase education and job skills among at-risk youth. Because of a lack of social services research, most of what is known about the effects of mentoring relationships has been generalized from studies conducted in corporate settings. This article examines assumptions about the potential effects of mentor programs, and presents the results of an exploratory case study of outcomes of low-income teen mothers who were paired with a professionally employed mentor. Drawing on the concepts of social network theory, it is hypothesized that mentors can link at-risk youth with information and resources not readily available from their extant personal networks.
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Zippay, A. Expanding employment skills and social networks among teen mothers: Case study of a mentor program. Child Adolesc Soc Work J 12, 51–69 (1995). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01876139
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- Social Psychology
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