Factsheet (25 juni 2018)
Mentoring of youth: effective elements
by Loïs Schenk, Margriet Lenkens, Gera Nagelhout
In this Dutch-language factsheet, we give an overview of effective elements of mentoring of youth, based on scientific literature and experiential knowledge. Mentoring is a form of personal guidance in which mentor and mentee have a one-on-one relationship, where the development of the mentee is the focus. Mentoring seems to have positive effects on for example presence and a better attitude at school, less alcohol and drugs use, and less delinquent behavior. Building a trusting relationship between mentor and mentee is crucial. This factsheet is made by the Erasmus Urban Youth Lab. This is an initiative of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Erasmus Medical Centre Rotterdam, and research institute IVO. In the research project ‘Vulnerable Youth in Major Cities’ we examine, among others, the effectiveness of and experiences with mentoring.
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Scientific article (15 juni 2018)
At-risk youths’ self-sufficiency: The role of social capital and help-seeking orientation
by Loïs Schenk, Miranda Sentse, Margriet Lenkens, Godfried Engbersen, Dike van de Mheen, Gera Nagelhout, Sabine Severiens
We conducted semi-structured interviews with 22 at-risk youths aged 15-25 years in an urban area, to study youths’ perceptions of help-seeking and social capital. Youths’ help-seeking orientation on the individual level, and the presence of bonding and bridging social capital at the contextual level, are important factors in explaining at-risk urban youths’ self-sufficiency. The results indicate that only few youths had positive help-seeking orientations, irrespective of their preference for self-reliance. Sources of help that youths felt comfortable to activate in their immediate environment were limited, but support was also found in extended family members. Bridging social capital was mainly provided by professionals and comprised of instrumental and informational support. Many youths believe they can be understood only by individuals who are similar to them, but simultaneously indicate a need for additional support from significant others.