Date of Award


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Open Access Thesis

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Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work


Children are growing up with a diminished level of adult contact that affects their social and emotional well-being. Structured adult-to-youth mentoring programs provide stable, caring adult mentors for youth in need of additional adult support. This qualitative study describes the Kinship Program, its program population and explores the nature of mentoring relationships between children and mentors from the Minneapolis Kinship Program. For this thesis, personal interviews were conducted with parents whose children were matched with mentors from the Kinship Program. Fourteen interviews were completed; this was a 47 percent response rate. Interview results indicated that parents believed mentors developed trust with children, introduced children to new activities and skills, and acted as a positive role-model. The findings are discussed in relation to other research on mentoring.


SC 11.MSW.1995.Kramer.SJ

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