International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE)

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Chief Instructor

Laurie Ross, Ph.D.


This Master’s paper is an approach to assessing the impact of mentoring on volunteers at the mentoring agency Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Massachusetts/Metrowest (BBBS). The mentoring research field is one in which the focus has solely been on the mentee and their developmental changes. Entities have not taken into consideration the developmental changes of the mentor; however, Bronfenbrenner’s theory on reciprocal dyads serves as the overarching rationale for why this is critical. A literature review was conducted to provide a framework in understanding why an organization would take on mentoring, exploring specifically the ways in which mentoring transforms the mentor. A mentor outcomes survey was designed based on relevant literature and best practices and implemented in a pilot program with BBBS.



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