SEPTEMBER 17, 2018
BY: BOBBI JO ORTIZ, LCSW, CEO & ANNETTE BAUMANN, BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS (BBBS) EL PASO
Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) El Paso
This blog post is part of a brief series MENTOR has put together highlighting the work of grantees of Mentoring Enhancement Demonstration Project (MEDP) funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. This innovative project, which began in FY 2012, was intended to test whether mentoring programs could make enhancements to their usual services that strengthened mentors’ ability to serve as advocates and take on more of an explicit teaching role with their mentees. The hope was that this approach might strengthen mentor-mentee relationships and lead to stronger outcomes for youth.
Now that the evaluation of the project is coming to a close, we wanted to highlight the unique and innovative approaches to teaching and advocacy developed by several of the funded organizations. These posts highlight their excellent work and can illustrate for other mentoring programs how they might approach program improvements and participate in research projects in the future. The National Mentoring Resource Center thanks each grantee for their contributions to the project and for sharing their reflections with us here.
Below is one of many more blog posts to come detailing MEDP grantees wonderful contributions to the mentoring field.