What type of impact could social mentoring programs have? An exploration of the existing assessments and a proposal of an analytical framework

By  Òscar Prieto-Flores & Jordi Feu Gelis, University of Girona

 ABSTRACT: This study carries out a review of the existing scientific literature in the field of social mentoring and its effects on youth at risk of social exclusion as well as on other vulnerable groups. We start by presenting the range of programs evaluated and the different ways these evaluations have been approached. An analytical framework is also presented to delve into the study of the orientation and socio-political context of social mentoring, as well as a definition of the concept in accordance with emerging new social realities. To conclude, we emphasize the need for a wider range of research and evaluation that can better inform about the practice of social mentoring programs that are emerging in Spain, Europe and Latin America.

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