Mentoring: One Pathway To Aboriginal Talent Development
There has been a dramatic upsurge of interest in mentoring in schools, post-secondary institutions, government agencies, civic organizations, and businesses across North America. Nowadays in the U.S., for example, it is estimated that in excess of five million youth are being served by school- or community-based mentoring programs (McLearn, Colasanto, & Schoen, 1998). The authors themselves are deeply interested in the promise of the mentoring approach, particularly as a mechanism to help address the plight of disadvantaged, minority populations. But certainly, as pointed out in the previous chapter, there are many issues that must be considered and addressed before an effective mentoring program can be put into place.