Innovation in Collaboration: The Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring as a university-community partnership

Kevin R. Jones, Thomas E. Keller, Marc Wheeler


Abstract

The Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring (SIYM) at Portland State University is an intensive week-long seminar designed to offer a highly interactive educational opportunity for experienced professionals and leading researchers in the field of youth mentoring. The current study explores the extent to which SIYM represents an example of a successful university-community partnership and identifies ways in which SIYM innovates on established partnership models. Using grounded theory methods and typological analysis, the researchers analysed questionnaire responses from SIYM participants and research fellows to compare key characteristics of SIYM with the elements of effective partnerships described in the literature. Findings suggest that SIYM reflects many essential partnership qualities, including the presence of a shared vision; strong, mutually beneficial relationships; and a partnering process that includes communication and work for positive change. SIYM also introduces several innovations in format and structure that could inform the improvement or development of effective partnership efforts across disciplines. Implications for service providers, researchers and other stakeholders are discussed.

Keywords
communication, collaboration, mutually beneficial relationships, innovation

Full Text

PDF

References

Addis, M 2002, 'Methods for disseminating research products and increasing evidence based practice: Promises, obstacles, and future directions', Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 381–92. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/clipsy.9.4.367

Baum, H 2000, 'Fantasies and realities in university-community partnerships', Journal of Planning Education and Research, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 234–46. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0739456X0002000208

Bloomgarden, A, Bombardier, M, Breitbart, M, Nagel, K & Smith, P 2006, 'The Holyoke Planning Network: Building a sustainable college/ community partnership in a metropolitan setting', in R Forrant & L Silka (eds), Inside and out: Universities and education for sustainable development, Baywood, NY.

Butterfield, A & Soska, T 2004, 'University-community partnerships: An introduction', Journal of Community Practice, vol. 12, nos 3 & 4, pp. 1–11. http://dx.doi.org/10.1300/J125v12n03_01

Cardoza, O & Salinas, G 2004, 'Public citizen: The civic role of an educational institution for the betterment of society', in K Ferraiolo (ed.), null

6 New directions in civic engagement: University avenue meets main street, Pew Partnership for Civic Change/University of Richmond, Richmond, VA."

Cherry, D & Shefner, J 2004, 'Addressing barriers to university-community collaboration: Organizing by experts or organizing the experts?', Journal of Community Practice, vol. 12, nos 3 & 4, pp. 219–33. http://dx.doi.org/10.1300/J125v12n03_13

Cox, D 2000, 'Developing a framework for understanding university-community partnerships', Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 9–25.

DuBois, D & Karcher, M 2005, 'Youth mentoring: Theory, research, and practice', in D DuBois & M Karcher (eds), Handbook of youth mentoring, Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA. http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781412976664.n1

Ferraiolo, K & Freedman, P 2002, 'Wanted: Solutions for America– Preliminary research collaboration findings', report presented at the Conference on Building University-Community Research Partnerships, Charlottesville, Virginia, 16–17 October 2002.

Gilderbloom, J & Mullins, R 2005, Promise and betrayal: Universities and the battle for sustainable urban neighborhoods, State University of New York Press, Albany, NY.

Gira, E, Kessler, M & Poertner, J 2004, 'Influencing social workers to use research evidence in practice: Lessons from medicine and the allied health professions', Research on Social Work Practice, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 68–79. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1049731503262128

Hart, A & Wolff, D 2006, 'Developing local communities of practice" through local community-university partnerships', Planning, Practice & Research, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 121–38." http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02697450600901616

Hatch, A 2002, Doing qualitative research in educational settings, State University of New York Press, Albany, NY.

Holland, B 2003, 'Community-university partnerships: Translating evidence into action', in B Holland, S Gelmon, L Green, E Greene-Moton & T Stanton (co-chairs), Community-university partnerships: What do we know? Prepared for discussion at a National Symposium, Community-University Partnerships: Translating Evidence into Action, jointly sponsored by Community-Campus Partnerships for Health and HUD's Office of University Partnerships, San Diego, California, 26 April 2003.

Jones K & Keller, T 2009, Establishing true community-university partnerships: The Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring, report presented at the International Partnership Institute, 18–19 May 2009, Portland, OR.

Kamuhabwa, A & Lee, M 2009, 'Bridging the human resources for health (HRH) gap in Tanzania: A model for mutual success', presented by Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), Tanzania, and Tufts University, USA, Accra, Ghana, 27 August 2009, viewed 10 July 2010, www.hedprogram.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=9yxGQKbKSfo%3D & tabid=225.

Karcher, M 2008, Book review of G Clary & J Rhodes (eds), Mobilizing adults for positive youth development: Strategies for closing the gap between beliefs and behaviors, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, vol. 37, no. 4, pp. 475–80.

Lane, J, Turner, S & Flores, C 2004, 'Researcher-practitioner collaboration in community corrections: Overcoming hurdles for successful partnerships', Criminal Justice Review, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 97–114. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/073401680402900107

Lietz, C, Langer, C & Furman, R 2006, 'Establishing trustworthiness in social work research: Implications from a study regarding spirituality', Qualitative Social Work, vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 441–58. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1473325006070288

Mai, R, Kramer, T & Luebbert, C 2005, 'Learning through partnering: Lessons for organizational and community renewal', Journal of Community Practice, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 107–22. http://dx.doi.org/10.1300/J125v13n02_08

Saltmarsh, J, Hartley, M & Clayton, P 2009, Democratic engagement white paper, New England Resource Center for Higher Education, Boston, MA.

Schumaker, A, Reed, B & Woods, S 2000, 'Collaborative models for metropolitan university outreach: The Omaha experience', Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 197–207.

Sherrod, L 1999, 'Giving child development knowledge away: Using university-community partnerships to disseminate research on children, youth and families', Applied Developmental Science, vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 228–34. http://dx.doi.org/10.1207/s1532480xads0304_7

Smith, C & Gillespie, M 2007, 'Research on professional development and teacher change: Implications for adult basic education', Review of Adult Learning and Literacy, vol. 7, p. 1.

Strauss, A & Corbin, J 1990, Basics of qualitative research: Grounded theory procedures and techniques, Sage Publications, Newbury Park, CA.

Toomey, M 2007, Essential literacy partnerships at the South Lawrence East Elementary School, Coalition of Essential Schools, viewed 10 July 2010, www.essentialschools.org/resources/371.

Torres, J & Schaffer, J 2000, Benchmarks for campus/community partnerships, Campus Compact, Providence, RI.

US Department of Housing and Urban Development 2010, Collaborating for change: Partnerships to transform local communities, HUD Office of Policy Development and Research, Washington, DC, viewed 12 August 2010, www.oup.org/files/pubs/collaboratingforchange.pdf.

Walker, G 2007, Mentoring, policy, and politics, Public/Private Ventures, viewed 8 October 2010, www.ppv.org.

WestEd 2000, Teachers who learn, kids who achieve: A look at schools with model professional development, WestEd, San Francisco, CA, viewed 10 June 2010, www.wested.org/online_pubs/teachers_who_learn/TeachLearn.pdf.

Wilson, D 2004, 'Key features of successful university-community partnerships', in K Ferraiolo (ed.), New directions in civic engagement: University avenue meets main street, Pew Partnership for Civic Change/ University of Richmond, Richmond, VA.