The Promise and Challenge of Mentoring High-Risk Youth

Findings from the National Faith-Based Initiative

By Public/Private Ventures

March 1, 2004

Summary

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.  

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Key Takeaway

Faith-based adults + older, high-risk youth = a different type of mentoring model

This report explores the work of four sites — Bronx, Brooklyn, Philadelphia and Baton Rouge — that developed mentoring programs as part of the National Faith-Based Initiative for High-Risk Youth. While the design and service offerings differed across the four programs, they all sought to address two key issues: 1) the inappropriate faith-sharing by the mentors; and 2) the greater needs — and greater barriers to successful development — facing high-risk youth.

Key Findings & Stats on Mentoring Older, High-Risk 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