PathStone Corporation Empowers Individuals, Families and Communities to Attain Economic and Social Resources for Building Better Lives
PathStone Corporation, founded in 1969, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization headquartered in Rochester, NY with active State Operations in New York, Indiana, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Vermont and Virginia. PathStone’s scope of services includes Workforce Development, Education and Health, Housing, and Community Development. Services are provided to children, youth, adults and seniors; with emphasis on diverse and underserved populations and communities, including low wage workers, farmworkers and justice-involved individuals. Their Mission is twofold: Build family and individual self-sufficiency by strengthening farmworker, rural and urban communities; and Promote social justice through programs and advocacy. PathStone empowers individuals, families and communities to attain economic and social resources for building better lives.
The Positive Youth Development approach, which is PathStone’s mentoring strategy, emphasizes building protective factors as a shield against risk factor exposure. PathStone began its first multistate youth mentoring program in 2001 with a project that served migrant and seasonal farmworker youth through sub-awardees in 10 states: New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Florida. PathStone currently provides mentoring in New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Puerto Rico. PathStone serves 200 youth annually.
The goals and objectives of PathStone’s mentoring model promotes positive relationships; builds academic, occupational, social and life skills; and develops leadership though community service. Taken together, these interventions also serve to decrease justice involvement.
PathStone’s staff and mentors are diverse, reflecting the populations served, and selected for their experience and connections to the communities served. All are committed to proactively create opportunities to integrate diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, abilities, levels of education, religious beliefs, as well as those who are rural and urban, and rich and poor within our place of work and in our community; as stated in their agency’s Action Pledge. Staff and mentors are provided significant training in proven processes and procedures, including not only requirements and evidence based practices, but enhancements such as parent engagement and trauma informed practices.
PathStone’s mentoring model was built upon the evidence-based format in Building Offenders' Community Assets through Mentoring and MENTOR’s Elements of Effective Practice and has been further informed by a former Second Chance grantee, resources from OJJDP and U.S. Department of Labor, and PathStone implementation. Their model meets or exceeds all six evidence-based standards for effective mentoring. PathStone’s mentoring model includes two innovative enhancements: Parent/family engagement and Trauma Informed Practices. Addition of PathStone's parent/family engagement enhancement was made based on MENTOR’s Elements of Effective Practice (see page 5). Their staff members and/or mentors have quarterly contact with mentees’ parents/family and offer resource workshops, training, activities and referrals as well as relevant communications. Parents/family members, mentees and staff agree that this enhancement is beneficial. Addition of the Trauma Informed Practices Enhancement was made based on Recommendation 5.10 of the Attorney General’s National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence. Their staff and mentors receive Trauma Informed Practices training; feedback from this training has been very positive.
Preliminary Data (prior to program close) reflect the following outcomes:
- 185 youth completed Life Skills Training, representing attainment of 123% of their program plan.
- 167 youth completed Career Exploration, reflecting attainment of 111% of their program plan.
- 156 youth participated in Academic Tutoring and/or Remediation, reflecting attainment of 104% of their program plan.
- 163 youth exhibited desired positive change/increased resiliency, reflecting attainment of 101% of their program plan.
- 210 (of 213) youth did not offend or re-offend, reflecting a rate of 99% juvenile justice system avoidance, far exceeding their program target of 90%.
- 56 mentors completed Trauma Informed Practices training and 53 demonstrated increased TIP knowledge, exceeded their plan for 50 mentors.
- Over 60% of parents/caretakers have directly engaged with program staff in person and 84% by phone; and 42% of parents/caretakers have accessed a training or community resource.
- 210 youth remained or became positively engaged with the education system and did not offend or re-offend, reflecting a 99% rate of school engagement and 99% rate of juvenile justice system avoidance.
Connections to Evidence-Based Practice
Evidence-based Model components:
- Individual commitment by written contract: Coffey Consulting & Mathematica Policy Research Inc. The Prisoner Reentry Initiative Evaluation Final Report; January 2009.
- Measuring, sharing and celebrating progress: Community Corrections and Evidence-Based Practices, Ohio Institute on Correctional Practices, February 2008.
- Case Management: L. Jucovy. Early Lessons from the Ready4Work Reentry Initiative, Public/Private Ventures; February 2006.
- Mentoring low SES youth: Thompson, R.B., Corsello, M., McReynolds, S., & Conklin-Powers, B. (2013). A longitudinal study of family socioeconomic status (SES) variables as predictors of socio-emotional resilience among mentored youth. Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 21 (4), 378-391.
Pathstone will continue to identify, implement and track the impact of promising and evidence-based practices in addition to internally identifying and leveraging Best Practices.
PathStone has utilized technical assistance from OJJDP National Mentoring Resource Center and U.S. Department of Labor staff and resources, including webinars and available on-line resources and analyses.
See resources cited above.