This report leverages the experiences of four faith-based organizations that developed mentorship programs aimed at supporting older, high-risk youth. Readers will explore data-driven findings, moves to make and challenges to consider when designing similar programs that connect caring adults with youth whose lives have veered off track.
Faith-based adults + older, high-risk youth = a different type of mentoring model
Key Findings & Stats on Mentoring Older, High-Risk Youth
A Difference Maker
The most successful mentorship programs — sites where mentors engaged in longer matches and did a better job of retaining older and higher-risk youth — spent more time offering intensive case management.
Younger kids (ages 9 to 14) were more likely than older youth (ages 15 to 21) to stick with a mentoring program beyond the 11-month mark. Nearly half (49%) of younger kids reached this mentoring milestone versus only 34% of older youth.
A Quicker Connection
The more times that a young person had been arrested, the shorter their mentoring relationship.
Statements on Mentoring Older, High-Risk Youth
Young people involved with the juvenile justice system often lack healthy relationships with adults, an important component in making a successful transition to adulthood.
More traditional programs often struggle to recruit mentors for older youth, and few organizations even attempt to find mentors for youth involved in the criminal justice system.
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