Presentation Title

Essential Qualities for Mentors in Spaces of Youth Empowerment

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Ricardo Medina

Start Date

23-11-2019 10:45 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 11:30 AM

Location

256

Session

poster 4

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

education

Abstract

Essential Qualities for Mentors in Spaces of Youth Empowerment

Justin Olivares-Vermillion, Department of Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences, University of San Diego

Dr. Ricardo Medina, Mentor, Department of Learning and Teaching, School of Leadership and Education Sciences, University of San Diego

This study examines a specific empowerment and restorative focused organization, Círculo de Hombres, an organization that places a heavy emphasis on culture and intergenerational relationships as pillars to their methodology and success. The lens in which this examination operates within is based on the existing literature of Empowerment Theory, an individual-centered approach toward community and individual mobilization and achievement through the targeted development of specific intrapersonal, interactional, and behavioral components of participants. The aim of this present study is to answer to expressed needs in the literature by identifying effective mentorship qualities seen in Círculo de Hombres mentors, whose prioritization and focus on the quality of space and intergenerational relationships, foster empowerment outcomes in both youth and adults. The data used in this study consisted of a review of relevant literature around empowerment theory, the collection of qualitative data by co-researcher Rudy Garcia-Perez in the form of recorded interviews, and correspondence with field leaders. The results of this study, although preliminary, correspond with literature on Empowerment Theory. Results identified Humility, Critical Awareness, and Empathy as essential qualities for mentors serving in Spaces of Empowerment. Further research will consist of correspondence with leaders within the field and as well as with academic literature concerned with intergenerational relationships and Empowerment Theory.

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Essential Qualities for Mentors in Spaces of Youth Empowerment

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Essential Qualities for Mentors in Spaces of Youth Empowerment

Justin Olivares-Vermillion, Department of Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences, University of San Diego

Dr. Ricardo Medina, Mentor, Department of Learning and Teaching, School of Leadership and Education Sciences, University of San Diego

This study examines a specific empowerment and restorative focused organization, Círculo de Hombres, an organization that places a heavy emphasis on culture and intergenerational relationships as pillars to their methodology and success. The lens in which this examination operates within is based on the existing literature of Empowerment Theory, an individual-centered approach toward community and individual mobilization and achievement through the targeted development of specific intrapersonal, interactional, and behavioral components of participants. The aim of this present study is to answer to expressed needs in the literature by identifying effective mentorship qualities seen in Círculo de Hombres mentors, whose prioritization and focus on the quality of space and intergenerational relationships, foster empowerment outcomes in both youth and adults. The data used in this study consisted of a review of relevant literature around empowerment theory, the collection of qualitative data by co-researcher Rudy Garcia-Perez in the form of recorded interviews, and correspondence with field leaders. The results of this study, although preliminary, correspond with literature on Empowerment Theory. Results identified Humility, Critical Awareness, and Empathy as essential qualities for mentors serving in Spaces of Empowerment. Further research will consist of correspondence with leaders within the field and as well as with academic literature concerned with intergenerational relationships and Empowerment Theory.