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Mentee Risk Status and Mentor Training as Predictors of Youth Outcomes
(NCJ 251380) September 2017
Grant, 41 page(s)
Janis B. Kupersmidt, Kathryn N. Stump, Rebecca, L. Stelter, Jean E. Rhodes
 
Archival national data from Big Brothers Big Sisters of America accompanied by program practice self-assessments and interviews from 45 local agencies revealed that greater implementation of benchmark program practices and standards is associated with longer match length and long-term relationships for matches. The program also found that children of incarcerated parents (COIP) have shorter mentoring relationships, and lower grades, school attendance and parental trust after one year of mentoring, compared to youth who are not COIP. Specialized mentor training about parental incarceration was associated with longer and stronger matches and higher educational expectations among COIP mentees.
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