Mentoring Children and Adolescents: A Guide to the Issues

Mentoring Children and Adolescents: A Guide to the Issues

Mentoring Children and Adolescents: A Guide to the Issues

Mentoring Children and Adolescents: A Guide to the Issues

Synopsis

The concept of mentoring and information on the role of caring adult-youth relationships in fostering positive development for young people are presented and explored.

Excerpt

Contemporary Youth Issues is a series of volumes that provides new and important educational materials for middle schools, high schools, public libraries, and the youth and adults involved in these institutions. Volumes in the series offer accessible information about the nature of the issues facing contemporary youth (children in the first two decades of life), parents, and youth-serving professionals—for example, teachers, practitioners, and governmental and nongovernmental organization personnel.

Both the challenges to healthy development confronting contemporary youth and the assets or strengths of adolescents and of the communities that contribute to their positive development are represented. Each book in the series reviews current knowledge about these challenges and/or assets, directs youth and adults to current community resources available to address challenges or enhance assets, and discusses key issues of policy and program design pertinent to improving the lives of the diverse youth of the United States and the world.

THE CONCEPT OF THE SERIES

Childhood and adolescence are periods within the life span when most of a person s biological, cognitive, psychological, and social characteristics are changing from what is present at birth to what is considered adult-like. For children and adolescents, and for the parents, friends, and teachers who support and nurture them, the first two decades of life . . .

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