Inter-generational mentoring: a win-win approach for disenfranchised youth and the aged

Yorkston, Alan and Postle, Glen David (2014) Inter-generational mentoring: a win-win approach for disenfranchised youth and the aged. In: Community capacity building: lessons from adult learning in Australia. NIACE, Leicester, United Kingdom, pp. 123-138. ISBN 978-1-86201-722-1


This chapter considers a successful inter-generational partnership that brought together a group of older men in the community with marginalised youth through a mentoring program which focussed initially on building oracy and literacy skills for these young people. In this community partnership, senior members of the older men's group worked closely with the Flexi School students to share learning and activities as a regular part of the school program. The older men mentors informally modelled specific social interactions, which focused on critical aspects of acculturation. The mentoring program seems to have augmented its original focus on oracy and literacy to become a mechanism for the young people to deal with the 'strains of acculturation' - which in most cases are quite extreme. This program may represent a community capacity building model which could be used in other communities.
A second feature of this chapter is the 'story' provided by one of the authors of his experience before and after participating as a mentor in the program. It represents a powerful example of what it might mean to understand individual and group roles as part of the problem of alienation in contemporary society and what they need to do to be part of the solution.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
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Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2015 05:48
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2017 03:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: youth; adolescents; teenagers; older men; mentoring; listening; relationships; disfunctional families
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1607 Social Work > 160703 Social Program Evaluation
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940105 Children's/Youth Services and Childcare

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