New Research-in-Brief Published by OJJDP

Advocacy-Based Mentoring EvaluationThe Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention recently released a new research summary detailing the findings from a research project funded by the agency studying the impact of an advocacy-focused approach to youth mentoring. This research examined Youth Advocacy Programs, Inc. (YAP)–which offers a wraparound, nonresidential, community-based program for court-referred youth–in four cities across the country and focused on whether “advocacy-based” mentoring can have a positive impact on reducing delinquency and risk factors. It also examined the program components that appear to drive that impact, highlighting practices that other service providers may be able to replicate.

Participants in YAP showed improvements in connectedness to school, increased academic engagement, and greater pursuit of employment, as well as declines in misconduct and crime engagement. The study also highlighted key programmatic features that predicted stronger results, including the sequencing of activities between mentors and mentees, the role of playful activities in helping the relationships bond, and the potential importance of having mentors with a background in teaching, a higher education level, and other personal characteristics.

The full Research-in-Brief can be downloaded from the NCJRS website.

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