Mentoring Model/Population Reviews

Each Mentoring Model/Population Review is conducted by the National Mentoring Resource Center Research Board with the intention of examining the full body of rigorous evidence as it pertains to either mentoring for a specific population of youth (e.g., youth with disabilities, immigrant youth) or a specific model of mentoring (e.g., group mentoring, e-mentoring). Each review is built around a thorough literature review for the topic in an attempt to answer key questions about mentoring’s effectiveness, participant characteristics and program processes that influence that effectiveness, and successful implementation of relevant programs to date.

Each Review also contains an “Implication for Practitioners” section that highlights steps programs can take to use or build on this evidence base. A draft version of each review and accompanying implications for practice is anonymously reviewed by at least one practitioner and one researcher who have expertise in the topic. A Research Board member serves as the coordinating editor for each review and makes final decisions regarding the acceptability of its content, prior to submission for final review and approval by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

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Title Summary
Black Male Youth This review examines research on mentoring for black male youth.
Children of Incarcerated Parents This review examines research on mentoring for children of incarcerated parents (COIP).
E-Mentoring This review examines research on digital and electronic forms of mentorship, or e-mentoring.
Group Mentoring This review examines the research evidence for mentoring programs that use a group format, in which one or more mentors is matched with a group of youth for a shared mentoring experience.
Immigrant and Refugee Youth This review examines research on mentoring for first-generation immigrant and refugee youth (FG-IRY).
LGBTGI-GNC This review examines research on mentoring for youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, and gender nonconforming (LGBTQI-GNC).
Mentoring and Domestic Radicalization This review examines research as it relates to mentoring and domestic radicalization.
One-to-One Cross-Age Peer Mentoring This review addresses four topics related to one-on-one cross-age peer mentoring for children and adolescents.
Youth and Young Adults During Reentry from Confinement This review examines research findings related to mentoring youth and young adults who are reentering their communities after confinement by the justice system.
Youth in Foster Care This review examines research on mentoring youth in foster care.
Youth Involved in Commercial Sex Activity This review examines research on mentoring for youth with backgrounds of involvement (or high-risk for involvement) in commercial sex activity (YCSA).
Youth with Disabilities This review examined research on mentoring for youth (ages 25 and younger) who have a disability, including physical, cognitive, learning, and developmental disabilities, and excluding psychiatric disabilities which have been discussed elsewhere.
Youth with Mental Health Challenges This review examined research on mentoring for youth (ages 18 and younger) who are experiencing mental health challenges.


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