ERIC Number: ED377261
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Big Brothers/Big Sisters: A Study of Volunteer Recruitment and Screening.
Roaf, Phoebe A.; And Others
Since 1988, Public/Private Ventures of Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) has been conducting a series of studies of mentoring programs for at-risk youth. As part of this effort, the recruitment and screening procedures used by Big Brother/Big Sister (BB/BS) agencies were studied in eight cities. Recruitment for the high-profile BB/BS agencies is not as difficult as it is for some programs, but program administrators generally do not recruit as many minority-group volunteers as they would like. A volunteer must complete an application, attend an orientation, pass a criminal-records check, give references, and attend a training session. The personal interview is the centerpiece of the screening process. Across the agencies, fewer than half those who inquired actually initiated the process, and only approximately one-fourth actually were matched with students. Recommendations are made for the improvement of the volunteer-intake process, with special attention to the initial request for information. Five tables and two figures present study information. An appendix describes the study methodology. (Contains 15 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Interviews, Mentors, Minority Groups, Recruitment, Research Methodology, Screening Tests, Selection, Urban Areas, Volunteer Training, Volunteers
Public/Private Ventures, One Commerce Square, 2005 Market Street, Suite 900, Philadelphia, PA 19103.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Commonwealth Fund, New York, NY.; Lilly Endowment, Inc., Indianapolis, IN.; Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.
Authoring Institution: Public/Private Ventures, Philadelphia, PA.