Report

This report explores whether a mentoring program run by a faith-based organization is a viable intervention for high-risk youth. Specifically, it addresses the following questions: How did the organization adapt the best practices of community-based mentoring programs to meet the needs of older, high-risk youth and faith-based mentors? How successful were the sites at recruiting mentors? How successful were the mentoring relationships?

March 1, 2004

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    A perspective on the value of faith-based initiatives, including implementation of faith-based mentoring programs, the use of faith-based volunteers and the potential of the intervention for high-risk youth.

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    How did the faith-based organizations adapt the best practices of community-based mentoring programs (screening, training, matching and monitoring) to meet the needs of older, high-risk youth and faith-based mentors?

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    How successful were the sites at recruiting mentors? Who came forward as volunteers?

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    How successful were the mentoring relationships?

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    How long did the relationships last, and what potential did they show?

Key Takeaway

Faith-Based Organizations Can Successfully Operate Mentoring Programs

While experience shows that faith-based organizations can successfully operate mentoring programs targeting high-risk youth, they face significant challenges – including recruiting a sufficient number of mentors and maintaining the matches over time.

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