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  NCJ Number: NCJ 241485   Add to Shopping cart   Find in a Library
  Title: Referring Youth in Juvenile Justice Settings to Mentoring Programs: Effective Strategies and Practices to Improving the Mentoring Experience for At-Risk and High-Risk Youth
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  Author(s): J. Mitchell Miller, Ph.D. ; Holly Ventura Miller, Ph.D. ; J.C. Barnes, Ph.D. ; Pamela A. Clark ; Michael A. Jones ; Robert J. Quiros ; Scott Bernard Peterson
  Corporate Author: MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership
United States of America

National Partnership for Juvenile Services
United States of America

Global Youth Justice
United States of America
  Date Published: 09/2012
  Page Count: 162
  Annotation: The research reported here used multiple methods in obtaining data from mentoring and juvenile justice systems in order to determine how juvenile justice systems refer youth to mentoring, challenges faced during the referral process, examples of effective strategies for addressing these challenges, and action steps.
  Abstract: The U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has long been a leader in promoting mentoring as having a positive impact on the lives of youth living in high-risk environments. High-quality mentoring is a proven method for steering youth away from a life course that leads to truancy; delinquency; and eventual disconnection from school, work, and a satisfying and productive life. On the other hand, if mentoring is not done well, it can harm rather than help children and youth (Rhodes, 2002). In the current national survey of representatives of juvenile justice systems in all 50 States, approximately 60 percent reported that their programs use youth mentoring in some fashion. Nearly 40 percent of these programs serve youth who are already involved in the juvenile justice system. Approximately half of all juvenile justice settings that use monitoring reported that just over 50 percent of referred youth are ultimately placed into mentoring relationships. Juvenile justice settings that used embedded programs had an easier time. Although most youth are deemed acceptable for referral, not all are matched to a mentor, largely due to the fact that mentoring programs depend on volunteers as mentors. Judgments about the success of mentoring programs are hampered by the lack of follow-up with youth after referral. Challenges mentioned included the recruitment of volunteers for mentoring, continued funding, and lack of support of mentorees’ families. Listing of survey questions and relevant technical assistance resources
  Main Term(s): Juvenile justice policies
  Index Term(s): Referral services ; Juvenile delinquency prevention ; Juvenile justice management ; Juvenile case management ; Juvenile delinquency prevention programs ; Mentoring programs ; Adolescents at risk ; OJJDP grant-related documents ; Mentoring (juvenile)
  Sponsoring Agency: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
  Grant Number: 2010-JU-FX-0118
  Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
  Type: Survey
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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