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The Effects of a Natural Mentor on the Academic Growth, Behavioral Patterns, and Absence Rate of African American Boys

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22-4-2017 1:40 PM

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Author Abstract: African American boys who grow up without a male mentor in their lives will often have negative outcomes that continue into adulthood, including incarceration. The void of a male mentor in the lives of African American boys between the ages of 12 and 18 years old leads to negative outcomes, including not completing secondary or post-graduate education. The purpose of the study was to examine the difference in African American boys between the ages of 7 and 11 years old who were part of an after-school program with a natural mentor and boys between the ages of 7 and 11 years old without a natural mentor. The study is important because it examined a population of African American boys who have not been the focus of previous studies, which have mostly focused on natural mentors with adolescent boys and not boys younger than 12 years old. The study examined the difference in the academic performance, behavior patterns, and absence rates of (N=46) African American boys between the ages of 7 and 11 years old in a southern suburb of Chicago, Illinois. A 2X2 mixed ANOVA was performed using archival data to determine any difference in the GPA scores, out-of-school suspensions, and days absent for both groups. The results of the study indicated that the presence of a natural mentor had no significant impact on the GPA scores, out-of-school suspension rates, absence rates of either group. Further study needs to be conducted with a larger sample group and population. It would be inappropriate to imply that what was learned from this study applies to all after-school programs with natural mentors. Cohort X

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Apr 22nd, 1:40 PM

The Effects of a Natural Mentor on the Academic Growth, Behavioral Patterns, and Absence Rate of African American Boys