This report examines the growing problem of student homelessness by interviewing and surveying currently and formerly homeless students and the state coordinators and local liaisons assigned to help them. Written by a team of researchers at Civic Enterprises, a public policy and strategy firm, in association with Hart Research Associates, the study was released by America’s Promise Alliance, a leader of the GradNation campaign.
Strong cities are built on a foundation of strong families. The National League of Cities' Council on Youth, Education, and Families developed a platform for municipal action on behalf of children, youth, and families. With NLC, America’s Promise Alliance challenged every community to take steps toward positive, significant results for children and their families. The platform encourages leaders to build on their local assets and opportunities and highlights essential "infrastructure," key functions and processes crucial to effective investments in children and families.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Community-based Mentoring, an intensive community-based Mentoring Program for at-risk children, had a positive impact on skipping class or school and scholastic competence, but not on GPA or number of books read. It also had a positive impact on likelihood of initiating drug use, but no impact on the likelihood of initiating alcohol use. It also had a positive impact on the parental relationship, but no impact on several measures related to peer relationships. It also had no impact on global self-worth, social acceptance, or self-confidence.
Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) is a program that matches non-related mentors with children to promote positive development and social responsibility. In existence for more than a century, BBBS is composed of 440 agencies that served more than 220,000 youths across the country in 2005. The BBBS network comprises individual, independent agencies that adhere to very specific BBBS standards and criteria, yet may adjust the program to the specific and unique needs of their communities.
Career Beginnings, a two-year program for at-risk 11th and 12th graders, had a positive impact on college or vocational enrollment and length of stay. It had no impact on having a child or being responsible for child care and was asssociated with decreased employment and earnings.
Department of Education Student Mentoring Program, a federal grant program that funds school-based mentoring programs, had a positive impact on absenteeism and truancy, but mixed results on school efficacy and bonding, and no impact on grades and state assessments. It had no impact on delinquency or misconduct.
Revised and updated, the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring Third Edition reflects the latest in quality mentoring, research, policies, and practices. The guidelines presented here are geared toward helping mentor relationships thrive and endure. They include measures any mentoring program can implement to offer the best mentoring possible—mentoring that does everything in its power to help young people and keep them from harm's way.
Ensuring Youth Transitioning from Foster Care are Connected by 25: Lessons Learned from the Foster Care Work Group
Lessons Learned, prepared by The Finance Project, offers a look back at the unique evolution of work in each of the Connected by 25 sites, proceeding from the Connected by 25 blueprint. It offers rich lessons for funders, advocates, policymakers, and program developers interested in continuing to build the field of initiatives supporting young people transitioning from foster care.
This guide explores how leagues of older Americans eager to get involved in their communities and give back might be an asset to school districts and independent after-school program providers. The authors suggest pairing districts, recreation centers, churches, libraries, and neighborhood organizations with organizations such as Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions, and Service Corps of Retired Executives to enhance existing after-school programs without increasing costs. Available in a free 80-page PDF.
This Experience Corps report, researched and written by Policy Studies Associates, examines the potential match between the growing resource of older adults and the growing field of afterschool programming.