The perceived effectiveness of a mentoring program: Dr. Betty Shabaaz Delta Academy

Carla K Cook, Tennessee State University

Abstract

Mentorship, which is the relationship between one person and another based on the intellectual and/or emotional support that they give each other, is the general topic of this thesis. The hypothesis was that there is a greater improvement in students with mentors than students without. The methodology used to collect the data was the survey. The survey/questionnaire was directed to mentees, mentors, and teachers of students in the Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy. This way it was possible to try to identify the degree to which the mentors influenced the academic and behavioral performance of the students in the mentoring program. To what extent does mentoring have a positive influence on the student being mentored? This is the question that is raised in this thesis. The education and development of children is extremely important. If mentoring is beneficial to them in terms of their academic performance and their behaviors, then it should be documented. Research reported in this paper identified positive influences of mentoring on the child being mentored. The hypothesis was the young ladies who attended Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy would display a significant difference in their social skills and self-esteem compared to those who do not attend, and there would be a significant gain in the second year participants' academic success in the subject areas of science and math in comparison to nonmembers. Students, mentors, and teachers reported a significant gain in the second year participants' academic success in the subject areas of science and math in comparison to nonmembers. Survey respondents also reported relationship and behavior improvements in mentees. Findings suggest that a long-term nurturing mentoring relationship had a positive impact on the self-efficacy, aspirations, and possible selves in at-risk adolescent girls. The quality of the mentoring program played a significant role in the outcomes, and the emphasis on the importance of the commitment of quality time together helped to build nurturing relationships that fostered the academic, social, and emotional skill development in the mentees. This study has provided information that may be useful for the fields of education and for training and development in mentoring programs. ^

Subject Area

Education, Guidance and Counseling

Recommended Citation

Carla K Cook, "The perceived effectiveness of a mentoring program: Dr. Betty Shabaaz Delta Academy" (2008). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI1456770.
http://digitalscholarship.tnstate.edu/dissertations/AAI1456770

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