Evaluates Conversation Club, a Canadian after-school group mentoring intervention focusing on the expansion of the program across three separate regions of Ontario. The authors use a multiple methods design, including questionnaires (n=101), post-session process data, and qualitative interviews (n=18), to evaluate how Conversation Club impacts members’ feelings of hope, belonging, sense of ethnic identity, and social support. A focus group (n = 7) with program facilitators was also conducted to explore the process of dissemination of the Club across regions. The core research question was focused on the impact of Conversation Club participation on hope and belonging across multiple sites. The qualitative data collection allowed us to better understand what aspects of the Club facilitated belonging, and the process through which engagement in the Club takes place. It is important to note that this study indicates that group mentoring programs may be more effective for newcomer youth than would be individual mentoring programs, because of youth’s reports of enaging in “shared voice” activities and productive connections.
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