ERIC Number: ED369024
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Mentoring in the Juvenile Justice System: Findings from Two Pilot Programs.
Mecartney, Crystal A.; And Others
This study examined two pilot mentoring programs which were designed to provide information on the feasibility of integrating mentoring relationships into the juvenile justice system. Each program, one in St. Louis, Missouri and one in Atlanta, Georgia, sought to recruit, train, and match 100 adult volunteers (half over the age of 55) with 100 adjudicated youths. Neither site achieved the targeted 100 matches. Interviews with program staff and participants suggest that the number of youth wanting a mentor exceeded the number of volunteers. The report profiles the adolescents, the correlations of delinquency, and the importance of social support in young lives. Also presented are the recruiting, training, and matching of mentors as well as evaluations and characteristics of the mentor/adolescent matches. Among the conclusions, it is believed that such mentoring programs would be feasible if systems could devote significant staff resources to recruiting, screening, training, and supervising the mentor, in addition to overseeing the mentor/youth relationship. The study includes an appendix on methodology, and 13 tables which display data sources, the characteristics of the matches, reasons for termination, and other information. Contains 36 references. (RJM)
Descriptors: Delinquent Rehabilitation, Disadvantaged Environment, Disadvantaged Youth, Juvenile Courts, Mentors, Role Models, Secondary Education, Significant Others, Youth Problems
Public/Private Ventures, One Commerce Square, 2005 Market Street, Suite 900, Philadelphia, PA 19103.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Retirement Research Foundation.; Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Public/Private Ventures, Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers: Georgia (Atlanta); Missouri (Saint Louis)