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Project Summary

Degree Name

Master of Public Administration


Public Administration

First Advisor

Mary D. Bruce, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Natalia Ermasova, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Susan Gaffney, Ph.D.


The objective of this research was to identify the most effective mentoring strategies to combat social issues that adolescent females are faced with; and to explore the implementation of female-only mentoring programs in Chicago's southland communities. The current study used an exploratory, qualitative phenomenological approach and content analysis to analyze the data. Purposive sampling was used to obtain participants for this study. All participants were at least 18 years old. All participants were actively engaged in their girl mentoring program at the time of study. The researching conducted semi-structured interviews using open-end questions. To ensure validity and reliability of the findings, the researching engaged in triangulation and intra-rater observation. Findings revealed six themes describing key codes of effective strategies of mentoring adolescent girls: program structure; social issues; relationship building; best practices; accomplishments; and funding. Consequently, the research aims to provide recommendations of strategies to implement in female mentoring programs for adolescent girls and seek funding to serve in Chicago's southland communities that are often underserved due to the their geographical location.