ABSTRACT

Over 14 million youth are growing up at risk of dropping out of school, abusing drugs, becoming involved in criminal activities, or exhibiting other problem behaviors. Many young people are isolated from the range of caring and consistent adult relationships that are so important for navigating the treacherous course from adolescence to adulthood. Research suggests that a good mentoring relationship can build a young person's skills and self-esteem as well as help buffer the inevitable stresses of adolescence. Mentors act as advocates, challengers, nurturers, and role models. Older adults, in particular, are an untapped resource for mentoring youth. Older Americans make up the fastest growing segment of the population

Anita M. Rogers is Principal Investigator of two Center for Substance Abuse Prevention grants, Grandma s Kids, a Temple University support program for children and kinship care providers and Thank Goodness I'm Female, a project of the Philadelphia Anti-DrugiAnti-Violence Network for middle school girls. Andrea S. Taylor is affiliated with the Center for Intergenerational Learning, Temple University, and is the Principal Investigator of the Across Ages Project, an intergenerational mentoring approach to drug prevention coordinated by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.