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PhD, Professor Catalin ZAMFIR, Romanian Academy Member

PhD, Professor Asher BEN-ARIEH, Director of Haruv Institute, Ierusalim, Israel

PhD, Professor Gary B. MELTON, University of Colorado, Denver, USA

PhD, Professor John LUTZKER, Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA

PhD, Professor Michael J. PALMIOTTO, Wichita State University, Kansas, USA

PhD, Professor Jill KORBIN, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, USA

Professor Keith HALEY, Tiffin University, Ohio, USA

PhD, Professor Jimmy TAYLOR, Ohio University, Zanesville, Ohio, USA

PhD, Professor Andrea WIGFIELD, University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom

PhD, Professor Elizabeth ECKERMANN, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia

PhD, Professor Renwu TANG, Dean of School of Management, Dean of Academy of Government at Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China

PhD, Professor Amitabh KUNDU, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi , India

PhD, Professor Claude MARTIN, Scientific Director of CNRS, Rennes University, France

PhD, Professor Munyae M. MULINGE, United States International University (USIU), Nairobi, Kenya

PhD, Professor Manuel Antonio GARRETON, Chile University, Santiago de Chile, Chile

PhD, Professor Renata FRANC, Social Science Institute "Ivo Pilar", Zagreb, Croatia

PhD, Professor Asun LLENA BERNE, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

PhD, Professor Nawab Ali KHAN, Saman bin Abduaziz University, Al Kharj, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

PhD, Professor Nicolae SALI, "Universitatea Libera Internationala din Moldova", Chisinau, Moldova

PhD, Professor Mihaela TOMIŢĂ, "Universitatea de Vest", Timisoara

PhD, Professor Valeriu IOAN-FRANC, Director Adjunct al Institutului National de Cercetari Economice

PhD, Professor Corina CACE, The Bucharest University of Economic Studies

PhD, Professor Mircea ALEXIU, "Universitatea de Vest", Timisoara

PhD, Professor Stefan COJOCARU, "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University, Iasi


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Electronic: 2247-6571


Articles:
IMPORTANCE OF FINANCING THE SOCIAL ECONOMY PROJECTS
Victor NICOLAESCU, Corina CACE, Sorin CACE
GROUNDS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIAL ECONOMY IN ROMANIA
Claudia OSVAT, Florica STEFANESCU, Amalia JURJ


PATHWAYS FOR YOUTH MENTORING: MERGING COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE

Abstract
The purpose of this paper is to elicit a richer conversation for youth development practitioners and academic researchers related to the approach of youth mentoring training based on Vygotsky’s (1967) sociocultural and activity theory. More specifically to conceptualize and guide youth mentoring research, particularly in inner-city communities where the environments can be most challenging to the health, social and academic development of young people. Recently, there has been an increasing call for youth development researchers to direct their efforts toward solving contemporary social problems that plague today’s youth, particularly in environments that are most challenging to the well- being and academic development of our young people. While youth development practitioners are seen as being on the “front line” and continuously engaged in this endeavor, academic institutions are sometimes viewed by social activists as being self-serving and not fully committed to such endeavors. Using the principles of activity theory, this paper advances previous literature proposing a participatory paradigm as a basis for shared youth development work between practitioners and academic researchers. The paper describes the elements of a participatory youth mentoring training program and presents a case example to demonstrate its’ characteristics
Keywords
Mentor training; positive youth development; sociocultural and activity theory

Authors
Nicole WEBSTER
Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education,Pennsylvania State University, 814-863-2695; nsw10@psu.edu
Shakoor WARD
Workforce Education and Development Consultant, 443-449-4335; saw305@psu.edu

How to cite
Webster, N., Ward, S. (2012). PATHWAYS FOR YOUTH MENTORING: MERGING COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE, Journal of Community Positive Practices, Nr. 3/2012, 345-360


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