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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After-School Toolkit: Tips, Techniques and Templates for Improving Program Quality

February 1, 2008

This toolkit offers program managers a practical, hands-on guide for implementing quality programming in the after-school hours. The kit includes the tools and techniques that increased the quality of literacy programming and helped improve student reading gains in the Communities Organizing Resources to Advance Learning (CORAL) initiative of The James Irvine Foundation. CORAL is an eight-year, $58 million after-school initiative aimed at improving education achievement in low-performing schools in five California cities. In addition to strategies, process and instructions, this toolkit offers a series of tools program staff can use to build the quality of their after-school program.

Young Fathers Video and Workshop Guide

September 30, 2007

This two-disc package features the award-winning Young Fathers documentary, which focuses on two young fathers, Dupree and Anthony, providing an intimate portrait of their lives, especially their relationships with their children. The film explores the challenges of early parenthood, healthy co-parenting relationships, child support and marriage issues. Anthonys and Duprees experiences highlight the circumstances of many low-income fathers, including those who have been involved with the criminal justice system.The package also includes discussion guides and lesson plans that are appropriate for a range of different settings and audiencesin employment and reentry programs, parenting and marriage workshops, with students in the classroom, program staff and partner agencies.

Measuring the Quality of Mentor-Youth Relationships: A Tool for Mentoring Programs

August 1, 2002

Does my program work? This evaluation guide helps program coordinators answer that question by gauging the effectiveness of both individual relationships and the program as a whole through a simple 20-question survey given to youth. The data can be used to make a specific match stronger, as well as to determine future training needs, implement new policies, and measure program progress. The packet comes with reproducible surveys and scoring sheets.

Training New Mentors

March 30, 2001

The relationship between a mentor and a young person might seem to be a natural connection, but like anyone stepping into a new role, mentors will be more likely to succeed if they participate in useful training sessions. This packet focuses on training new mentors and includes suggested activities for two workshops that, together, add up to between five and six hours of training. Training activities help programs accomplish the following:Help participants understand the scope and limits of their role as mentors.Help them develop the skills and attitudes they need to perform well in their role.Introduce them to the concept of positive youth development.Provide information about the strengths and vulnerabilities of the children or youth in the program.Provide information about program requirements and supports for mentors.Answer questions.Build the confidence of participants.The activities can be easily adapted to address individual program contexts.

The ABCs of School-Based Mentoring

December 4, 2000

This technical assistance packet, written by P/PV and published by the National Mentoring Center at the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, provides practical information for youth-serving organizations that want to implement new school-based mentoring programs or strengthen existing ones. Drawing on promising practices developed by organizations around the country and on initial research findings about this relatively new approach to mentoring, the material leads readers through the steps of forming partnerships with schools: designing the program, recruiting, screening and training mentors, matching mentors with youth, and supporting the match once it is underway. It includes worksheets to help guide planning, sample forms that programs can adapt and use, and a list of additional resources.

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