Researching the Referral Stage

The Mentoring Best Practices Research Project, funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), was conducted in collaboration with Global Youth Justice and the National Partnership for Juvenile Services.

Researching the Referral Stage of Youth Mentoring in Six Juvenile Justice Settings: An Exploratory Analysis examines best practices for referring youth to mentoring from six juvenile justice settings: Detention, Corrections, Probation, Delinquency Court, Teen Court/Youth Court and Dependency Court. A delinquency prevention and intervention option that capitalizes on the resources of local communities and caring individuals, mentoring has emerged as a promising delinquency reduction strategy for high-risk youth. This mentoring research project researches the “referral stage” of mentoring to improve the design and delivery of mentoring services to appropriate high-risk youth, which most likely will have a favorable impact on reducing juvenile delinquency, alcohol and drug abuse, truancy and/or other problem behaviors.

Research updates, reports and resources generated from this project are available for download on this website.

 

Training and Technical Assistance Resources

Exploring Mentoring Referral in Juvenile Justice Settings Webinar

Exploring Mentoring Referral in Juvenile Justice Settings Webinar This technical assistance webinar for juvenile justice and mentoring program professionals focused on how youth in Juvenile Probation, Juvenile Detention and Juvenile Corrections are referred to mentoring services. Presenters shared strategies, practices, resources and key findings from the OJJDP-funded study Researching the Referral Stage of Youth Mentoring in Six Juvenile Justice Settings: An Exploratory Analysis.

Webinar Recording

PowerPoint Slides (PDF)

 

Technical Assistance Profiles

These technical assistance tools were designed to provide an overview of the six juvenile justice settings and the youth served, helpful answers to frequently asked questions, strategies, challenges and suggested action steps, terms and definitions and technical assistance resources.

1. Delinquency Court and Mentoring

2. Dependency Court and Mentoring

3. Teen Court/Youth Court Programs and Mentoring

4. Juvenile Corrections and Mentoring

5. Juvenile Detention and Mentoring

6. Juvenile Probation and Mentoring

 

Memorandums of Understanding: Resource Guides for Developing MOUs for Juvenile Justice and Mentoring Services

These technical assistance tools provide helpful information to guide the process of developing MOUs in six juvenile justice settings for mentoring services. Each guide provides policy and programmatic discussion points, tips and strategies for writing MOUs, including sample language and training and technical assistance resources.

1. Delinquency Court and Mentoring

2. Dependency Court and Mentoring

3. Teen Court/Youth Court Programs and Mentoring

4. Juvenile Corrections and Mentoring

5. Juvenile Detention and Mentoring

6. Juvenile Probation and Mentoring

 

Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™, Third Edition

MENTOR’s keystone publication on mentoring standards recently was updated to include the latest research and practice wisdom available to help mentoring relationships thrive and endure. This new publication includes six evidence-based standards addressing mentor and mentee recruitment; screening; training; matching; monitoring and support; and closure. Each standard offers benchmarks and enhancements, as well as a section on practical advice for building a new mentoring program or strengthening an existing one.

Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™, Third Edition Checklist for Mentoring Programs

This convenient checklist for mentoring programs includes key benchmarks and enhancements for each of the six evidence-based standards addressing mentor and mentee recruitment; screening; training; matching; monitoring and support; and closure, as well as a helpful glossary of terms.

 

Research Products

Researching the Referral Stage of Youth Mentoring in Six Juvenile Justice Settings: An Exploratory Analysis/Executive Summary

Researching the Referral Stage of Youth Mentoring in Six Juvenile Justice Settings: An Exploratory Analysis/Research Report

Referring Youth in Juvenile Justice Settings to Mentoring Programs: A Resource Compendium

This resource compendium contains a summary of key project findings from more than two dozen site visits and a national survey; six Memorandum of Understanding resource guides and profiles of the six juvenile justice settings for mentoring programs to use to better engage juvenile justice agencies; and a listing of training and technical assistance resources.