Most mentoring programs take a non-specific, “friendship” approach. Yet more targeted (i.e., personalized) forms of mentoring are twice as effective!
Targeted and more problem-specific programs had an average effect size that was more than double the average effect size non-specific, friendship-based programs. Targeted programs are three times more effective than non-specific programs in improving academic, psychological, and social functioning.
MentorPRO provides students and mentees the opportunity to set, monitor, and reach their targeted goals with the support from their mentor. For example, when mentees use MentorPRO for the first time, they’re prompted to identify their top goals. This encourages students to stay on track and allows mentors to provided targeted support where it matters to students.
- Non-specific versus targeted approaches to youth mentoring: A follow-up meta-analysis.
- Striking the Balance: The Relative Benefits of Goal- and Youth-Focused Approaches to Youth Mentoring Relationships
- The Effects of Youth Mentoring Programs: A Meta-analysis of Outcome Studies