ERIC Number: ED354284
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Adult/Youth Relationships Pilot Project. Initial Implementation Report.
Greim, Jeffrey L.
As part of a larger study to examine the usefulness of mentoring as an intervention serving at-risk youth, this study evaluated the implementation of two pilot programs in Saint Louis (Missouri) and Atlanta (Georgia). Both programs were at public agencies aiming to operate large-scale mentoring programs to serve adjudicated youth between the ages of 12 to 17 years. Mentor pairs were to meet for several hours each week with ongoing training and support offered to both mentors and students. The evaluation analyzed how and the extent to which the public agencies at the two sites were able to implement the program model. Evaluation of the programs in their implementation stage found that: (1) with concerted effort, modest numbers of adults can be recruited to mentor adjudicated juveniles, although attracting adults aged 55 years and over is more difficult; (2) mentors and youth will not meet regularly and are not likely to develop relationships without ongoing support of a well-structured mentoring program; (3) at residential program sites, it is possible for juvenile justice agencies to operate well-structured mentoring programs with a major infusion of new resources; and (4) interviews with mentors, youth, and agency staff indicate satisfaction with mentoring programs operated at residential facilities. Fourteen references and five tables are included. (JB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Adults, At Risk Persons, Delinquency, Disadvantaged Youth, Helping Relationship, Juvenile Justice, Mentors, Pilot Projects, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Public Agencies, Recruitment, Residential Institutions, Urban Youth
Public/Private Ventures, 399 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2178.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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 - Location: Georgia (Atlanta); Missouri (Saint Louis)