Mentoring Fact Sheet: Gender-Specific Approaches in Mentoring

  • Description of Resource:

    The authors of this resource note that though research on the impact of gender on mentoring relationships remains limited, there is evidence that gender difference can influence the ways in which youth respond to mentoring relationships. The resource explains how mentoring practitioners can help mentors understand gender difference and the potential impact of gender on their mentoring relationships. It reviews tips and strategies for providing ongoing training and support on gender-informed mentoring approaches that are intended to help mentors communicate and develop effective relationships with their mentees.


    To help mentoring practitioners support mentors with an understanding of gender-informed mentoring approaches and how to utilize these in their relationships with mentees.

    Target Population/Eligibility of Target Sites:

    This resource reviews information that is applicable to mentoring practitioners and mentors in any type of program. It is applicable to mentors working with youth of the same or different gender.

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    Additional Information:

    The content of this publication does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Education, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial products or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. government. This publication also contains hyperlinks and URLs for information created and maintained by private organizations. This information is provided for the reader’s convenience. The U.S. Department of Education is not responsible for controlling or guaranteeing the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this outside information. Further, the inclusion of information or a hyperlink or URL does not reflect the importance of the organization, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed, or products or services offered.

  • Resource Name:

    Mentoring Fact Sheet: Gender-Specific Approaches in Mentoring


    This publication was funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools under contract with EMT Associates, Inc.


    U.S. Department of Education Mentoring Resource Center

    Date of Publication:

    June 2007

    Resource Type:

    Mentor Guides and Handouts

  • Evaluation Methodology:

    Resource has not been evaluated for effectiveness

    Evaluation Outcomes:

    Resource has not been evaluated for effectiveness

    Evaluation Validity:

    Resource has not been evaluated for effectiveness

  • Accessing and Using this Resource:

    This resource is available for free download in PDF form on the Education Northwest website:

  • References:

    Evidence Base: N/A

    Additional References: Additional readings and resources are cited at the end of the resource.

Mentoring Fact Sheet: Gender-Specific Approaches in Mentoring

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