Karcher and Keoki Hansen at the National Mentoring Summit (Library of Congress) in 2011. Karcher further developed the CAMP program following its inception at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in 1995, and Hansen (and formerly with Joyce Corlett) championed the peer mentoring program (High School Bigs) at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America for fifteen years before venturing into the world of program evaluation and consultation.

Articles on the Cross-Age Mentoring Program (CAMP)

Karcher, M. J. & Santos, K. (in preparation). Cross-age peer mentoring. In D. L. DuBois, & M. J. Karcher (Eds.), Handbook of youth mentoring (2nd Edition). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.


Karcher, M. J., Davidson, A., Rhodes, J. E., & Herrera, C. (2010). Pygmalion in the program: The role of teenage peer mentors’ attitudes in shaping their mentees’ outcomes. Applied Developmental Science, 14(4), 1-16.


Karcher, M. J., Herrera, C., & Hansen, K. (2010).“I dunno, what do you wanna do?”:  Testing a framework to guide mentor training and activity selection. New Directions in Youth Development, 126(Summer), 51-70.


Karcher, M. J. (2009). Increases in academic connectedness and self-esteem among high school students who serve as cross-age peer mentors. Professional School Counseling, 12(4), 292-299.*


Karcher, M. J. (2008). The Cross-age Mentoring Program (CAMP): A developmental intervention for promoting students’ connectedness across grade levels. Professional School Counseling, 12(2), 137-143.


Karcher, M. J. (2007). Cross-age peer mentoring. Youth Mentoring: Research in Action, 1(7), 3-17.


Karcher, M. J. (2006). What happens when high school mentors don’t show up?  In L. Golden. & P. Henderson (Eds.), Case studies in school counseling (pp. 44-53). Alexandria, VA: ACA Press.


Karcher, M. J. (2005).  Cross-age peer mentoring.  In D. L. DuBois, & M. J. Karcher (Eds.), Handbook of youth mentoring  (pp. 266-285). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. 


Karcher, M. J.  (2005). The effects of school-based developmental mentoring and mentors' attendance on mentees' self-esteem, behavior, and connectedness. Psychology in the Schools, 42, 65-77.*


Karcher, M. J., Nakkula, M. J., Harris, J. (2005).  Developmental mentoring match characteristics: The effects of mentors’ efficacy and mentees’ emotional support seeking on the perceived quality of mentoring relationships. Journal of Primary Prevention, 26, 93-110.*


Karcher, M. J., & Lindwall, J. (2003). Social interest, connectedness, and challenging experiences. What makes high school mentors persist? Journal of Individual Psychology, 59, 293-315.*


Karcher, M. J., Davis, C., & Powell, B. (2002). The effects of developmental mentoring on connectedness and academic achievement.  The School Community Journal, 12, 36-50.*


* = original research that is data-based