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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Positive Support: Mentoring and Depression Among High-Risk Youth

June 1, 2006

Positive Support examines potential benefits of matching high-risk youth with faith-based mentors. Drawing on surveys and interviews with young people who participated in the National Faith-Based Initiative, we found that mentored youth were less likely to show signs of depression than the youth who were not matched with a mentor. This in turn was related to a variety of other beneficial outcomes, including handling conflict better and fewer self-reported instances of arrests. The report concludes with a consideration of the challenges of implementing a mentoring program for high-risk youth and how they might be overcome.

Moving Beyond the Walls: Faith and Justice Partnerships Working for High-Risk Youth

January 13, 2003

This report examines the development of partnerships among faith-based institutions and juvenile justice agencies in a national demonstration intended to provide mentoring, education and employment services to young people at high risk of future criminal behavior. Given the range of servicesand the needs of the young peoplecollaborations are critical to the communities' efforts. The report addresses the following questions: Can small faith-based organizations work together effectively? Can they develop effective partnerships with juvenile justice institutions? What are the benefits and challenges of both types of partnerships?

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.

Faith and Action: Implementation of the National Faith-Based Initiative for High Risk Youth

July 30, 2002

Public/ Private Ventures' long-standing interest in whether faith-based institutions could serve as vehicles for the delivery of social programming for youth who have committed juvenile or criminal offenses led to the development of the National Faith-Based Initiative for High-Risk Youth. Faith and Action documents the efforts of the 15 faith-based organizations that participated in this initiative. These organizations entered into partnership with the justice community in order to recruit high-risk youth and provide them with services such as education, employment and mentoring. The report also documents the role that faith plays in the delivery of these services, and makes observations about the capacity of these organizations to implement programs for youth.

Same Race and Cross Race Matching

May 30, 2002

Cross-race matching is an issue with which many mentoring programs struggle. This technical assistance packet provides practical tips on how to tailor matching, training, and support processes to increase the chances that cross-race matches survive.

Targeted Outreach: Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Approach to Gang Prevention and Intervention

March 30, 2002

This report examines two initiatives developed by Boys & Girls Clubs of America, in cooperation with local clubs, to address the problem of youth gangs in their communities. One strategy is designed to help youth stay out of the gang lifestyle -- Gang Prevention through Targeted Outreach. The second helps youth get out of gangs and away from their associated behaviors and values -- Gang Intervention through Targeted Outreach. The findings indicate the initiatives are able to reach and retain hard-to-reach youth and have positive effects on those involved, including reduction in several delinquent and gang-associated behaviors and more positive school experiences.

Supporting Mentors

June 30, 2001

Providing support to the match is critical for success in all programs, whether they are school-based, institution-based, or community-based. Depending upon program characteristics and available resources, the details of ongoing support may vary. This packet helps programs develop and implement strategies that support mentors, help them build trusting relationships with their mentees and, ultimately, contribute to positive outcomes for youth. The materials include checklists to help guide planning and a list of additional resources.

Building Relationships: A Guide for New Mentors

April 30, 2001

This technical assistance packet is written specifically for mentors. Developing a friendship requires skill and time. This packet, filled with the voices of youth and mentors talking about their relationships, and provides advice on how to be an effective mentor.

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