The Role of Risk: Mentoring Experiences and Outcomes for Youth with Varying Risk Profiles
A new report, The Role of Risk: Mentoring Experiences and Outcomes for Youth with Varying Risk Profiles, has been released by leading national researchers Carla Herrera, David L. DuBois and Jean Baldwin Grossman. This 2013 report presents results from the nation’s first large-scale study to examine how youth’s levels and sources of risk may influence their mentoring relationships and the benefits they derive from participating in mentoring programs. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the study involved more than 1,300 youth, drawn from seven programs serving young people in Washington State. Oversight and support for the project were provided by Washington State Mentors. The study looked closely at the backgrounds of participating youth and their mentors, the mentoring relationships that formed, the program supports that were offered, and the benefits youth received—and examined how these varied for youth with differing levels and types of risk.
Who Benefited More?
Joshy, a 9 year old Tribal boy, was matched with an eccentric retired special education teacher, Tim. Both of them were looking for a meaningful connection. Joshy had missed many days of school prior to being matched with Tim, a retired teacher. Although very bright, Joshy was falling behind in his academic work.