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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Mentoring: A Synthesis of P/PV's Research: 1988-1995

September 19, 1996

This is an essential handbook for anyone interested in mentoring. It presents the evidence and conclusions that P/PV compiled from over a decade of research on mentoring programs in five crucial areas:Can participating in mentoring programs make important and observable changes in the attitudes and behaviors of at-risk youth?Are there specific practices that characterize effective mentoring relationships?What program structures and supports are needed to maximize "best practices" among mentors?Can mentoring be integrated into large-scale youth-serving institutions?Are there large numbers of adults with enough flexible time and emotional resources to take on the demands of mentoring at-risk youngsters?The report also includes as an appendix the executive summaries of eleven P/PV reports on mentoring.

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.

College Students as Mentors for At-Risk Youth: A Study of Six Campus Partners in Learning Programs

December 18, 1992

In this study of the effects of college-student mentoring on elementary, junior-high and high-school students, P/PV examined six Campus Partners in Learning (CPIL) programs that implemented a common programmatic core in different ways, such as by varying the size of classes, the age of students served and the location of the mentoring sessions. The report concludes such mentoring can be an effective tool in improving academic and social outcomes but cautions that involving college students as mentors presents special challenges that require administrative structure and substantive support beyond that typically provided.

Adult/Youth Relationships Pilot Project: Initial Implementation Report

December 1, 1992

This interim report records how mentoring programs were installed and operated in two juvenile justice institutions in Georgia and Missouri, and reports on the difficulty of continuing the relationships when youth were discharged to the community.

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