Evaluating Structured Group Activities for the Large Class
CHECKLIST OF STRUCTURED GROUP ACTIVITIES
Most after-school programs are activity-oriented and aim to serve a specific purpose (i.e., sports, gang prevention), whereas mentoring programs offer a more relationally based intervention and have been linked to a myriad of positive youth outcomes. Accordingly, with more than 3 million youth across the country participating in youth mentoring (Mentor, 2006), new program formats are in demand. Thus, Deutsch and colleagues examine a program for early adolescent girls, which purposefully combines individual mentoring with structured group activities; they place a specific focus on evaluating the social processes of group settings that may either help or hinder both group and one-on-one relationship functioning in terms of connection and satisfaction.
Planning Structured Group Activities Worksheet
This mixed-methods study explores how one-on-one mentoring combined with a structured group activity component may lead to the development of connection and satisfaction in the mentor-youth relationship. This study examined 8 groups across 4 different schools, which were all a part of the Young Women Leaders Program (YWLP), in which female college mentors are paired with 7th grade girls for 1 year (= 78 mentees; = 68 mentors). The pairs met with a group of 8-10 pairs weekly at the mentees’ school, and then met individually for about 4 hours per month. Youth were selected by being identified as at-risk academically, socioemotionally, or behaviorally.