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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The Power of Plain Talk: Exploring One Program's Influence on the Adolescent Reproductive Health Field

May 15, 2006

Launched by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in the early 1990s, Plain Talk is a community-based initiative that seeks to reduce the incidence of teen pregnancy and STDs by improving adult/teen communication about sex. A key component of the program is parental involvementwhich was once seen by many in the adolescent reproductive health (ARH) field as a necessary evil rather than important partnership. To determine if Plain Talk had a positive influence on the field's view of parental involvement, and on a number of other related issues, P/PV conducted interviews with 15 leaders from prominent ARH organizations, first in 2003 and again in 2005. This report compiles the results.

Mentoring School-Age Children: Relationship Development in Community-Based and School-Based Programs

April 11, 2000

This report, the second in a series on Mentoring School-Age Children, is based on interviews with over 600 volunteer mentors. The report compares their experiences and the development of their relationships with youth in community -- and school-based settings. The authors conclude that both types of programs have the potential to create positive mentoring relationships, and highlight the factors associated with the closest, most supportive relationships.

The Young Unwed Fathers Pilot Project: Report from the Field

April 1, 1994

In 1991, P/PV designed the Young Unwed Fathers Pilot Project to see if young, economically disadvantaged fathers would enter a program that provided job training, education, counseling and parenting services for up to 18 months, and if participation would lead to an increased capacity to support their children, both financially and developmentally. This report presents a detailed look at selected aspects of the lives of the young fathers before and during program participation, including their attitudes and relationships with the mothers of their children. It also evaluates employment and educational outcomes.

The Young Unwed Fathers Pilot Project: Initial Implementation Report Executive Summary

September 1, 1992

The executive summary of Young Unwed Fathers Pilot Project presents P/PV's early findings from the initial implementation of this program which attempted to connect young fathers with the labor market and parental supports. This interim report documents our difficulties and successes with recruitment, retention, service delivery and establishment of linkages with employment/training and child support enforcement agencies. It also highlights many of the common characteristics and behaviors of the young father participants, which lays the necessary groundwork for developing an effective program targeting for this vulnerable population.

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