American Journal of Community Psychology

, Volume 52, Issue 3–4, pp 236–248 | Cite as

Benefits Derived by College Students from Mentoring At-Risk Youth in a Service-Learning Course

  • Lindsey Weiler
  • Shelley Haddock
  • Toni S. Zimmerman
  • Jen Krafchick
  • Kimberly Henry
  • Sarah Rudisill
Article

Abstract

Service learning is increasingly being used as a pedagogical strategy for promoting the development of civic-mindedness among university students. Despite the use of this strategy, little is known about the benefits derived from specific types of service-learning experiences. Additionally, few notable studies have examined the unique outcomes experienced by mentors of at-risk youth. Therefore, this study examines the civic-related benefits that college students derive from mentoring at-risk youth within a structured, service-learning course. A series of linear regression models were estimated to determine if there were significant post-intervention differences between the treatment and comparison condition for the variables of interest, after adjusting for key background factors and pre-intervention levels of all variables. The results indicated that, in comparison to college students who did not participate in the course (n = 258), college student in Campus Corps, a youth mentoring program, (n = 390) had significantly higher scores at post-intervention regarding mentors’ civic attitudes, community service self-efficacy, self-esteem, interpersonal and problem solving skills, political awareness, and civic action. Findings hold important implications for youth mentoring programs and future research.

Keywords

Service-learning Youth mentoring College students Civic-related outcomes At-risk youth Experiential learning 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lindsey Weiler
    • 1
  • Shelley Haddock
    • 2
  • Toni S. Zimmerman
    • 2
  • Jen Krafchick
    • 2
  • Kimberly Henry
    • 3
  • Sarah Rudisill
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS)Colorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA
  2. 2.HDFSColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA

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