Researching the Referral Stage of Youth Mentoring in Six Juvenile Justice Settings
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The Mentoring Best Practices Research Project, funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), is being conducted in collaboration with Global Youth Justice (GYJ) 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 will be available for download on this website as the project evolves.Training and Technical Assistance: One-Day State Trainings
These trainings are open to individuals and teams, including administrators and staff from: mentoring programs, Juvenile Detention, Juvenile Corrections, Juvenile Probation, Delinquency Court, Youth Court, Teen Court and Dependency Court. Teams comprised of mentoring and juvenile justice staff from the same community are highly encouraged. If you do not already have a relationship, this event could be the catalyst to extend an invitation to your colleagues in the aforementioned disciplines to participate in this one-day training.
Learning objectives will ensure that participants:
● Gain an understanding of mentoring services and the six juvenile justice settings, including related terminology and structure.
● Understand the advantages and challenges of offering mentoring services within each juvenile justice setting.
● Understand best practices and recommendations for providing mentoring within or in partnership with each setting with a focus on the referral stage.
The content of this training is the result of an Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention funded research grant that explored the "referral stage” of mentoring in order to improve the design and delivery of services to troubled youth and to examine how existing mentoring / juvenile justice partnerships were established and sustained.