The Effects of Non-Academic Mentoring on School-Related Cognitions: A Pilot Study

Stacey S. MacArthur, Brian J. Higginbotham, Edward Ho


Mentoring has been shown to positively influence various youth outcomes and developmental assets. The 4-H Mentoring: Youth and Families with Promise (4-H YFP) program is a multi-component program designed to enhance individual, familial, and social assets of at-risk youth. This pilot study examines the effects of participation in the 4-H YFP program on school-related cognitions. Data were collected on 20 mentored at-risk youth and 18 waiting list youth. RMANOVA analyses identified significant differences on one scale and expected trends on five additional scales. Ecological systems theory is used to inform the interpretation of results.

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