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dc.contributor.advisorRivera, Rosita L.
dc.contributor.authorIrizarry-Ramos, Elenita
dc.description.abstractThis study employed qualitative methods to capture the online interaction of undergraduate volunteers as part of an undergraduate-student mentorship program. This program was developed to provide mentorship and tutoring for at-risk-youth at a foster care institution. A total of twenty participants communicated via Facebook to supplement coordination meetings. Participants were enrolled in a three-credit free-elective service-learning course from the University of Puerto Rico–Mayagüez. The development of a sense of community among mentors in a closed Facebook group was observed. Results through critical Discourse Analysis suggest Facebook both fostered and facilitated a sense of community.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipNational Biological Honor Society, Zeta Alpha Chapter Academia Inmaculada Concepción Scholastics®en_US
dc.subjectAt-risk youthen_US
dc.subjectFoster careen_US
dc.subjectUndergraduate studentsen_US
dc.subjectDiscourse analysisen_US
dc.subject.lcshMentoring in education -- Puerto Rico.en_US
dc.subject.lcshFacebook (Electronic resource) -- Social aspects.en_US
dc.subject.lcshOnline social networks.en_US
dc.titleBreaking social barriers: A participatory observation of social-media interactions in an undergraduate-student mentorship of at-risk youth at a foster care institution in Puerto Ricoen_US
dc.rights.licenseAll rights reserveden_US
dc.rights.holder(c) 2015 Elenita Irizarry Ramosen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMazak, Catherine
dc.contributor.committeeSoto Santiago, Sandra L.
dc.contributor.committeeChansky, Ricia
dc.contributor.representativeNuñez, Mario Educationen_US
dc.contributor.collegeCollege of Arts and Sciences - Artsen_US
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Englishen_US

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