Mentoring + Attitudes about School
Research from 2013 in the Journal of Youth Development: Bridging Research and Practice by MacArthur (et al) looked at the effects mentoring had on school-related variables such as attitudes toward teachers, classes, and school, “which can be linked to a person’s commitment to learn.”
The program examined in the study was structured much like Grand Area Mentoring. In one-on-one pairs, mentors and mentees met weekly for 1-2 hours. They occasionally participated in group activities similar to the off-campus outings GrandAM mentors and students pursue in small groups. The program provided support and ongoing training to its mentors and matches.