Public/Private Ventures (P/PV)

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Innovation. Research. Action.

After almost 35 years Public/Private Ventures (P/PV) has ceased operations. The organization leaves behind an incredible legacy of knowledge, including hundreds of research reports, case studies and evaluations about how best to improve programs and outcomes for children, youth and families. We are fortunate that P/PV has decided to archive its publications collection with the Foundation Center's IssueLab so that practitioners can benefit from this knowledge for years to come.

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Building Relationships With Youth in Program Settings: A Study of Big Brothers/Big Sisters

May 19, 1995

The success of mentoring programs often relies on ensuring that matched adults and youth meet long enough and often enough to establish a relationship that could generate positive changes for youth. This report draws on P/PV's research on program practices from Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America to provide a better understanding of mentoring relationships and their dynamics. Specifically, it provides insight into what helps good mentoring relationships to form, characteristics of good relationships and why they break up.

Mentoring in the Juvenile Justice System: Findings from Two Pilot Programs

December 1, 1994

The final report on the pilot documents recruitment, operations, the activities of matched adults and youth and the characteristics of sustained matches. The pilot was not able to meet its goal of maintaining 100 matches over one year, and had limited success helping youth transition back to the community. Both results were attributed to the absence of a structure for recruiting, screening, training, supporting and supervising the mentors.

Understanding How Youth and Elders Form Relationships: A Study of Four Linking Lifetimes Programs

April 1, 1992

This report describes four projects established by the Temple University Center for Intergenerational Learning. It also uses the mentors' and youth's own words to delineate the various stages their relationships go through and the effects of different strategies on the development of positive relationships. The report includes an early attempt to correlate different mentoring approaches with their effects on relationship formation.

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