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The Promise and Challenge of Mentoring High-Risk Youth: Findings From the National Faith-Based Intiative


Bauldry, Shawn
Hartmann, Tracey A


Philadelphia, PA: Public/Private Ventures (P/PV)

Source Information (Journal Title, Date, Length)

March 2004, 47 pages

Description of Resource

This report presents findings on faith organizations' capacity to provide effective social programming for youth at risk for involvement in crime, with a focus on mentoring programs in low-income communities. The programs, whether a collaboration of faith-based organizations or a partnership between a juvenile justice office and local congregations, successfully tailored the best practices of other mentoring programs to the needs of both mentors and high-risk youth, and their mentors could adapt their relationships with the youth to address specific needs. However, all programs had difficulty recruiting a sufficient number of mentors and maintaining the mentor-youth matches over time. The experiences of the four initiative sites supply lessons to guide other faith-based organizations.