Youth rely on mentors to provide camaraderie, encouragement, and guidance. The authors asserted that the measurement of youth-mentor relationship would vastly improve the reaching effects of mentorship and expose areas of potential improvement. A questionnaire was given to youth at the beginning and end of a small group mentoring program. The Mentor-Youth Inventory survey exposed levels of emotional engagement, revealed satisfaction levels, and uncovered the breadth of relationships within the program. The study provides evidence that measuring and establishing a benchmark for the quality of youth-mentor relationships facilitates the opportunity to increase the value of small group mentoring in Extension.
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Toelle, A., Terry, B. D., Broaddus, B., & Kent, H. (2015). Evaluating the Mentor-Mentee Relationship in the 4-H Tech Wizards Program. The Journal of Extension, 53(6), Article 11. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.53.06.11