Date of Award

Fall 2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


College of Education


Department of Education

Primary Advisor

Dr. Samuel Bennett

Second Advisor

Dr. Thomas Gollery

Third Advisor

Dr. Janet Deck


The purpose of the study was to evaluate the effectiveness of youth mentoring programs from the mentee perspective. An extant survey instrument, the Youth Strength of Relationship (YSOR) was utilized to provide data necessary to address the study’s topic and research problem. The YSOR yielded a good level of internal reliability (George & Mallery, 2016) in addressing study participant perceptions of satisfaction with the mentoring program featured in the study. A nonprobability sampling approach was adopted, featuring a convenient, purposive methodology. The study’s sample of participants were youth mentees (n= 1,183) specifically accessed from a Central Florida agency that provides youth mentoring programs. A noteworthy, statistically significant level of overall study participant satisfaction with the mentoring program was achieved in the study. The research instrument domain of “comfort” manifested the highest mean score for study participant response effect of perceived satisfaction amongst the five domains. Study participant satisfaction levels were similar for both genders and all ethnicities represented in the study. The duration of the mentor/mentee match represented a statistically significant correlate and predictor of mentee overall satisfaction with the mentoring program featured in the study.