Adult support and guidance are the cornerstones of healthy youth development. When youth are exposed to a disorganized or dysfunctional lifestyle, they're at risk for justice involvement and destructive behavior.
To support youth who are without a caring adult in their lives, research has shown that mentoring is an effective strategy. Mentoring can improve self-esteem, academic achievement, and peer relationships while reducing drug use, aggression, depressive symptoms, and delinquent acts.
Publications and Resources
- Evaluation of the Mentoring Enhancement Demonstration Program: Technical Report
- This report presents the findings and methodology of an independent process and outcome evaluation of juvenile mentoring programs funded by OJJDP in 2012.
- National Mentoring Resource Center
- With support from OJJDP, the goal of the National Mentoring Resource Center is to improve the quality and effectiveness of youth mentoring across the country through increased use of evidence-based practices and sharing practitioner innovations.
- OJJDP: Mentoring
- The Mentoring section of the OJJDP website captures information about OJJDP and other agency efforts related to youth mentoring.