Understanding the Shortages of Male Volunteers and Barriers to Mentoring Youth-at-risk

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Marrieth Sithe
Anjanette Wells


By Marrieth Sithe, Social Work

Advisor: Anjanette Wells

Awards: Project Advisor Award: Excellence in Research Mentoring

Presentation ID: 80

Abstract: The purpose of my qualitative research study is to explore recruitment strategies to understand the shortages, barriers, and constraints of male volunteers in the Big Brothers big Sisters of Hamilton county's one-to-one site-based or community-based mentoring programs. The programs cater of youth-at-risk ages 6-18 years old who have been exposed to Childhood Adverse Experiences. The mentoring program prevents some of the youth from entering the juvenile justice system due to risky behaviors. Past data shows that boys stay longer on the agency waiting list than girls because there are not enough males signing up to volunteer. My research study examines existing data and ideas by taking a fresh look for unknown strategies or techniques. This research study will utilize a sample from current mentors in the programs and four coordinators. Randomly selected participants will give responses to eight questions on a survey. Findings from literature review on past studies confirm that youth who receive one-to-one mentoring have higher socio-emotional functioning, improved scholastic achievement, positive self-image, quality peer relationships, fewer risky behaviors, and reduced missed school attendance. The study explores gaps in the recruitment strategies and identifies potential mechanism that could be used to attract male mentors. Keywords: youth-at-risk, risky behaviors, socio-emotional functioning, one-to-one mentoring, gender balance

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Category: Social (In)Justice