OJJDP’s Mentoring Enhancement Demonstration Program: Mentors as Advocates and Teachers

Friday 9:15-10:45 a.m. | Salon 2

Can mentors who take on more of an advocacy and teaching role in the mentoring relationship improve outcomes for youth? The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is examining this question under the Mentoring Enhancement Demonstration Program by partnering with 10 grantee collaboratives, consultant Dr. David DuBois, and the American Institutes for Research. The 10 grantee collaboratives, some of which represent rather unique partnerships among 32 separate implementation agencies and partner organizations, are making enhancements to the mentors’ advocacy and teaching functions through initial and ongoing training and ongoing mentor support. This panel will provide a brief overview of the demonstration program and evaluating it in the “real” world. Then representatives from the grantee collaboratives will discuss program implementation. The discussion will address the following questions: What does it mean for a mentor to take on an advocacy and teaching role? How has that role been defined and operationalized? How has the collaborative structure had a unique influence in operationalizing the advocacy and teaching roles and finalizing implementation plans?

Skill Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Target Audience: Practitioner, Researcher

Topic: Research

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