Evaluating community-based interventions for young people: measuring the impact of informal mentoring
Abstract:This paper emerges from a study conducted by the author into the effectiveness of a communitybased intervention scheme. The scheme, run in association with a professional football club, provided informal, personalised mentoring and a range of sports-based activities (primarily football) to young people in schools and housing estates in areas suffering from high levels of deprivation in the South of England. The interventions were intended to raise the aspirations of the young people and divert them away from crime and antisocial behaviour. While being mindful of the limitations of mentoring, this paper discusses the value of the positive male role models provided by the informal relationships between the young people and the football coaches and their role in enhancing the self-esteem and self-efficacy of the young people involved.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: June 1, 2011
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