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Running head: SOCIAL WORKS AND HUMAN SERVICES1Importance of Peer-Mentoring Programs for High School StudentsStudent’s NameInstitutional AffiliationDate
SOCIAL WORKS AND BUMAN SERVICES2Importance of Peer-Mentoring Programs for High School StudentsIntroductionOver the past few decades, there has been a growing interest in the field of peermentoring in high schools around the globe. This growth is based on the work of variousnonprofit organizations in partnership with high schools and local governments (Curwin, 2010).For instance, an organization such as BeatBullying works with schools and local governments toestablish peer mentoring programs that support and guide students in various disciplines(Leidenfrost et al., 2014). As peer-mentoring programs gain importance in contemporary daysociety, numerous researches have been done to assess the achievement of peer mentoringprograms as well as the outcomes achieved by the mentors and mentees within high schools(Banerjee, Robinson, & Smalley, 2010). This paper will focus on the importance of peer-theseprograms and highlight why they are important to the future of high school students. It will alsoevaluate urban High schools and their role in urban youth, considering the environment, the roleof teachers, and guidance counselors.Importance of Peer MentoringMentoring entails an experienced person (mentor) supporting and guiding an individualwho requires guidance and support (mentee) in any given area. Mentors act as good role models,offering friendship, constructive review, reinforcement, and counsel (Curwin, 2010). Many highschools around the globe have established peer-mentoring programs to address issues facingstudents at the high school levels including social isolation, therefore providing capacity-buildingopportunities (Willis et al., 2012). High school mentoring programs have numerous benefits tothe mentee ranging from enhancing self-esteem and encouraging positive behavior, to making
SOCIAL WORKS AND BUMAN SERVICES3informed future career choices (Arnesson & Albinsson, 2017). Notably, peer mentorshipprograms with significant mentorship dimensions allow enough time for students and mentors tobuild meaningful relationships(Hudson & Hudson, 2011). The group dynamics establishedduring peer mentorship program allow the students to alternate between seeking counsel andsupporting each other, building their confidence and sense of efficiency. (Arnesson & Albinsson,2017). Therefore, well structured and purposeful relationship provides the mentees with socialand emotional support, enhancing their confidence and motivation in education and life goalsThe ecological system theory of mentorship stipulates that individuals involved inmentorship programs contribute various behaviors, personal and environmental factors as well asvariables that shape the mentorship relationship including needs and expectations (Omatsu,2004). The aggregation of these factors establishes a cultural practice that influences a mentees

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