Mentoring: A Promising Approach for Involving At-Risk Youth in 4-H
An effective way to reach at-risk youth is by establishing a positive adult/youth relationship through mentoring. Utah's Youth and Families with Promise (YFP) program combines mentoring with the benefits of structured 4-H. Participants were surveyed using a post-then-pre design. The differences in mean scores indicated statistically significant improvements in academic achievement, social competence, and family bonds. Youth reported increased levels of community attachment, and parents reported increased levels of parental efficacy. Extension professionals can use mentoring, in combination with 4-H, to reach and better serve at-risk audiences by introducing them to the benefits of 4-H as part of their mentoring experience.
Riggs, K., Lee, T., Marshall, J. P., & Serfustini, E. (2006). Mentoring: A Promising Approach for Involving At-Risk Youth in 4-H. The Journal of Extension, 44(3), Article 7. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol44/iss3/7