Growing up with natural mentoring relationships
Natural mentoring relationships (NMRs) can have a positive impact on a child’s cognitive and socio-emotional development. NMRs contribute to intergenerational dialogue and social cohesion in EU societies, a current priority of the Council of Europe’s Youth policy. However, knowledge of NMRs’ dynamics and benefits as experienced by young adolescents (ages 12-15) in the EU is limited, and there are no mentoring programmes are available. The EU-funded ENCOUNTER project will examine the experiences of young adolescents in the EU. The research team will compare the dynamics and features of NMRs between genders in the Czech Republic and beyond. ENCOUNTER will also review theories on youth development and conceptualise a theoretical framework on natural mentoring phenomena.