Date of Award

2013

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.H.K.

Department

Kinesiology

First Advisor

Victoria Paraschak

Keywords

Social sciences, Health and environmental sciences, Mentoring, Recreation, Sport, Women

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

The Leadership Advancement for Women and Sport (LAWS) pilot mentorship program is intended to increase a sample of undergraduate female Human Kinetics students' exposure to careers or avocations in the fields of sport and recreation, health and wellness, or media literacy. I explored three sub problems: how to effectively create a unique pilot mentorship program to provide occupational exposure and insights for women; what were the mentors' and mentees' perceptions of the pilot mentorship program and what is the recommended design of a mentorship program for LAWS. This study was completed using participant observation, focus groups, and document analysis. Findings suggest that in order for the mentors to view the program as successful they must feel they are helping their mentee and personally experiencing professional development. In order for the mentees to view the program as successful they must feel they gained career information and experienced benefits through networking sessions.

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