Mentor Families: A Setting-level Component to Improve Mentoring Outcomes for At-risk Youth
Site-based youth mentoring programs, such as Campus Connections, account for about half of all youth mentoring programs in the U.S. In site-based programs, youth outcomes are influenced by the quality of both the mentoring relationship and the program setting. Little is known about mentoring setting quality or the conditions that can reliably improve setting quality. This study is among the first randomized controlled trials to evaluate the impact of a specific program component on setting quality, mentoring relationship quality, and youth outcomes. Funded by the William T. Grant Foundation, the purpose of this study is to develop, integrate, and empirically test the impact and process of the establishment of Mentor Families within Campus Connections.
The Impact of University Experiences on College Students’ Emotional Well-Being
College students are increasingly mentoring at-risk youth, yet little is known about the benefits that college students derive from their experience mentoring within the context of a service-learning course. Our prior qualitative research indicated that student mentors reported significant personal growth and professional development through participation in Campus Connections. The purpose of this study is to discover if participation in Campus Connections is associated with improved emotional well-being and mental health for college student participants.