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Research Corner: Preventing Early Closure in Youth Mentoring Relationships

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49 Lexington Street

Framingham, MA 01702

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Understanding and Preventing Early Endings of Youth Mentoring Relationships

Many formal youth mentoring relationships end early, or before their initial time commitment is met. Not only are such relationships less likely to be effective, they may actually be harmful in some cases. Some early match endings are unavoidable, such as when someone moves unexpectedly, but others can surely be prevented. In order to do so, better understandings of what causes them are needed. In this workshop, findings from two in-depth qualitative interview studies of early match closures will be presented. We will consider the impact of different types of relationship endings on program participants and engage in discussion and exchange of ideas regarding match closure practices.

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Renee Spencer, Professor of Human Behavior at the Boston University School of Social Work, specializes in the study of youth mentoring of innovative, effective approaches to improve outcomes for young people, parents and guardians. An active member on numerous national boards, she has published more than 50 articles and book chapters and has received major grants supporting her research from the William T. Grant Foundation and the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education.

About MMP’s Research Corner

MMP’s Research Corners are a series of events that provide a critical link between the research and practice of fostering positive relationships between youth and adults. We work with our partners in academia to share innovative research and findings with MMP’s powerful network of individuals and organizations to build the capacity of high quality programs to better serve youth and families in communities across the Commonwealth.

**Lunch will be served


MMP Contact:
Janeen Smith
Senior Manager of Program Services
jsmith@massmentors.org

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