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.
Rising to the Occasion
Chris was matched with his Big Brother, Will, in July 2010. Chris was 12 and Will was 20. Chris lives with his grandmother who reached out to Big Brothers Big Sisters because she thought a positive, male role model would be beneficial for Chris. Chris and Will meet almost every week and talk in between meetings. When they are together they are very active.