Mentoring and Youth Development

By: Darius Murray

Mentoring has resulted to have significant impact in youth development at home and in school, as well as promoting appropriate behaviors in the community. One-on-one mentoring has been proven to positively influence social skills and promote self-esteem and self-confidence in youth while guiding them to reach their full potential. The theory of ecological systems helps to quantify the positive impact that multiple settings have on reinforcing positive behaviors and promoting strong cognition skills that lead to the developmental success of youth assets. Mentoring relationships provide protégés with an additional safe setting to explore their interests and strengthen skills that are best comprehended when delivered with the help of a trained adult mentor and reinforced through their interactions with parents and educators. FAU CARD iRISE2 now provides mentoring for youth, between the ages of 11 – 22 years old, matching them with a trained mentor capable of modeling appropriate behavior, navigating interests, maintaining friendships and building employable skills.

Contact FAU CARD today if you’re interested in becoming a mentor or protégé today! Darius Murray  -  dmurra23@fau.edu -  561-213-6936

20  Movies Showcasing Positive Mentoring Relationships

  1. Yoda & Luke Skywalker – Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  2. Professor Dumbledore & Harry Potter, Harry Potter Series (1997-2007)
  3. Mr. Miyagi & The Karate Kid The Karate Kid, (1982)
  4. Genie of the Lamp & Aladdin, Aladdin (1992)
  5. Professor John Keating & Students Dead Poet’s Society, (1989)
  6. Gandalf the Grey & The Fellowship of the Ring, Lord of the Rings Series (2001-2003)
  7. Mushu the Dragon & Mulan, Mulan (1998)
  8. Sean Maguire & Will Hunting, Good Will Hunting (1997)
  9. Aslan & The Pevensie Children, The Chronicles of Narnia (2005-2010)
  10. Obi-Wan Kenobi & Luke Skywalker, Star Wars Series (1977-1983)
  11. Mary Poppins & Michael and Jane Banks, Mary Poppins (1964)
  12. Lester Bangs & William Miller, Almost Famous (2000)
  13. Mufasa & Simba, The Lion King, (1994)
  14. Uncle Ben & Peter Parker, Spiderman Series (2002-2007)
  15. Mickey Goldmill & Rocky Balboa, Rocky (1976)
  16. Master Shifu & Master Po, Kung Fu Panda (2008)
  17. Professor Charles Xavier & The X-Men, X-Men Series (2000-2014)
  18. Jiminy Cricket & Pinocchio, Pinocchio (1940)
  19. Agent K & Agent J, Men in Black (1997-2002)
  20. Haymitch Abernathy & Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games (2012-2015) 

FAU CARD serves a five-county region including Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee Counties, and is one of the seven regional centers across the state of Florida.  FAU CARD provides expert consultation, support, and training, at no charge, to families and professionals who have or are working with individuals with ASD.  Contact FAU CARD at 561-297-2055 or card@fau.edu for more information.