Anna Flitner

Date of Award

Summer 2023

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation



First Advisor

Samuel McQuillin


Youth mentoring has been used as a method of prevention and intervention related to social, psychological, and academic outcomes for youth and adolescents, many of whom come from minoritized or low SES backgrounds. Although more diverse than other helping professions, mentors in formal programs are often white which can lead to potential cultural incongruence. To help mentors understand their own identities and work with youth of diverse backgrounds, mentoring programs have begun implementing cultural humility trainings. The current study examines the effects of a cultural humility training in mentoring. Mentors were randomly assigned to the control or training condition in which they received a training in cultural humility and how it relates to youth mentoring. To assess the impact of the training, three vignettes were created that incorporated issues regarding race or racism. Mentors were asked to write their initial thoughts to the vignettes and then how they would respond. The qualitative data was analyzed using an inductive approach. Five themes emerged in qualitative data including evidence-based soft skills, reflection, emotion, systemic awareness, and recognition. Responses were numerically scored within these domains. Results from regression analysis indicated that mentors in the training condition had greater systematic systemic awareness but no other significant differences were present. An exploratory regression analysis indicated that individuals with more privilege valued the training less. Implications regarding mentoring training and research are discussed.


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