Correlates of Entering and Leaving Big Brothers Big Sisters Community Mentoring Relationships

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Research indicates that children who apply for service to Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) community mentoring programs experience different waiting times before they enter their first mentoring relationship with an adult volunteer. In a similar fashion, mentored children have been found to differ with respect to how long they remain in their relationship before a break-up occurs. Utilizing a large multi-agency national longitudinal survey of BBBS supported community mentoring relationships, this presentation will examine individual (child), family, agency, and other environmental factors that work to speed up or slow down the formation and break up of mentoring relationships between children and their adult volunteers. Knowledge of this information is vital for programming practices and polices since a minority of youth approved for mentoring services may never get paired with a volunteer and because 50 percent or more of all community based mentoring relationships dissolve or terminate within 12 months of forming.

Research Website: Visit | Article Published: 05/11/2013