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Am J Community Psychol. 2008 Mar;41(1-2):35-42. doi: 10.1007/s10464-007-9153-9.

Improving youth mentoring interventions through research-based practice.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Boston 100 Morrissey Blvd, Boston, MA 02125-3393, USA.


Youth mentoring programs are in the limelight. Over three million young people have a Big Brother, a Big Sister, or a similar adult volunteer involved in their lives-a sixfold increase from just a decade ago-and generous federal funding continues to fuel new initiatives. This expansion speaks volumes about the faith our society places in one-on-one relationships between vulnerable young people and caring adults. But what do we know about the effectiveness of this intervention strategy? A better understanding of the research evidence for youth mentoring, including findings from reviews, evaluations, and meta-analyses, provides a basis for a more informed, practically applicable approach to strengthening youth mentoring interventions.

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