The Impact of Mentors on Young Adults (by Madeleine Eiles)

Research question:

How do young adults and middle school students involved in a dyadic relationship (mentor and mentee) differ from young adults and middle school students who are NOT involved in such a relationship?

madeleine.eiles-1479108_10153616861535341_2140043675_nThe Research Collection:

  • Leyton-Armakan, Jen, Edith Lawrence, Nancy Deutsch, Joanna Lee Williams, and Angela Henneberger. “Effective Youth Mentors: The Relationship Between Initial Characteristics Of College Women Mentors And Mentee Satisfaction And Outcome.”Journal of Community Psychology 8 (2012): 906-20. Web. 22 Nov. 2014.

This article is a very authoritative source, as it is a peer-reviewed journal from the online databases and chock-full of information and the writer’s own research. It describes how mentors can help middle school girls deal with the changes they go through, as well as characteristics of good mentors.

This is by far my strongest piece of evidence, I think. It deals with the benefits of mentoring for both the mentor and the mentee, as well as characteristics needed to be a good mentor, and about how those characteristics effect the mentees. This article was a great find because it deals specifically with college-aged women mentors (Me!) and young middle school girls as mentees (the age-group I work with).

  • Frels, Rebecca K., Anthony J. Onwuegbuzie, Rebecca M. Bustamante, Yvonne Garza, Judith A. Nelson, Mary Nichter, and Elsa Soto Leggett. “Purposes And Approaches Of Selected Mentors In School-Based Mentoring: A Collective Case Study.”Psychology in the Schools 6 (2013): 618-33. Web. 22 Nov. 2014.

This is another academic article with strong research and experiment methods. Once again filled with research, this is a good source to use in my final paper. This article mostly talks about the positive effects a mentor/mentee relationship can have on the mentor.

As I am trying to persuade my audience to make a difference and mentor young students, I believe it is important to not only educate them on the ways the student will benefit, but also appeal to their selfish side and tell them about the ways THEY will benefit by mentoring a student.

  • Nirappil, Fenit. “Sherwood Summer Institute Takes the Mystique and Anxiety out of Middle School.”Sherwood Summer Institute Takes the Mystique and Anxiety out of Middle School. The Oregonian, 25 July 2013. Web. 22 Nov. 2014.

An authoritative source due to its interviews and quotes from middle school students. Talks about a two-week program one school offers during the summer to help prepare students for middle school.

I like this source mostly because it has direct quotes from kids, and because it talks on the “mystique” and “anxiety” that surrounds middle school for incoming 6th graders.

I think having the quoted from the students will help bring my paper to life for the reader.

The Public Writing



  1. Lucas

    Hi Madeleine,

    I was a little confused with your theme question until I read through the research collection.

    I’m really intrigued by what you’re doing with the mentoring program that you’re a part of. I did something similar in high school with a parenting class, where we would go to an elementary school to get some perspective on taking care of children and the bonding process involved.

    The public writing seems to have a few noticeable syntax errors. Something else I noticed was that you mention the children that you work with, and change their names for the sake of privacy. The only problem with this is that you don’t mention them more than once, making the name-changing convention come off as a little awkward. You could probably leave it out. The public writing itself was extremely engaging. I like how you put your audience into the shoes of both the kids you work with as well as yourself. It really shows me the gravity of what it is that you do. I really enjoyed reading it.

  2. amber


    I really enjoyed reading your work and I was excited to see that this was a blog post. I remember in one of the discussions replying to the work that you had so far and being excited to see what was to come. I love that this volunteering was taken place through your church, the fact that this is somewhere you already attended and had a connection too makes this even more exciting. The question you brought up about how young adults with meters differ from those without is a very interesting question. Showing us the difference really helps to cement why this is such an important theme in our community. I didn’t attend school but I had extreme anxiety growing up and the moment you mentioned that in your blog I could relate. Having someone who is older than you, but still relatable would make this awkward and scary time so much easier.

    The work that you and other mentors do is very important. I think that when young adults feel comfortable and secure in their environment they are less likely to lash out in violent ways. Knowing that you have someone you can turn to makes you feel connected in such a huge scary place. I really enjoyed your blog and I am happy to see you include the experience you had with Hannah. You can tell by the kind words that she has said what a huge difference you have made for her. Being able to grow with her and see the different stages she goes through and the events in her life will be very fulfilling for both yourself and Hannah. So excited to see how amazing this blog turned out and happy that there are people out there like you taking the time to make someones life better.


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