‘Seven C’s’ of Success

By Debra Viadero — December 12, 2006 1 min read

From his own analyses of the research on youth-mentoring programs, David L. DuBois has identified seven features—the “seven C’s”—of effective youth-mentoring relationships.

Compatibility: Mentors and young people ought to be compatible in basic personality, but they need neither be close in age nor matched by race or ethnicity.

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Capability: Mentors are most effective when they already have experience working with young people and are sensitive to the socioeconomic challenges students face at home.

Consistency: It’s important for mentorship pairs to meet regularly.

Continuity: Mentorships must be long-lasting—at least a year, according to some studies.

Closeness: Forming an emotional bond is critical to the success of the relationship.

Centeredness: Though they require some structure, relationships should be centered on the young person’s developmental needs.

Connectedness: Mentors are more successful when they connect with parents or other key figures in a young person’s life.

A version of this article appeared in the December 13, 2006 edition of Education Week as ‘Seven C’s’ of Success