Document Number: 2846The Mentoring of Disadvantaged Youth - Mentoring is a modest intervention: its power to substitute for missing adults in the lives of youth is limited. Nor can it compensate for years of poor schooling. Still, it can improve the social chances of adolescents by leading them to resources they might not have found on their own, and by providing them with support for new behaviors, attitudes and ambitions. This analysis discusses the roles of mentors, the issues of social distance and trust, and realistic expectations for mentoring programs. (Carol Ascher, ERIC/CUE Digest No. 47, ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, 1988)...