The LISTEN mentoring program
Initiative Description:The LISTEN mentoring program was a district-sponsored, school-based program in which at-risk, middle school students were identified by the school system and mentors were recruited specifically to assist these students with school performance or related issues. The LISTEN project´s primary goal was to establish relationships between identified at-risk students and caring adults. By placing emphasis on study habits, interpersonal relationships, problem-solving techniques, communication skills, and by encouraging positive behaviors, mentors provided the support and guidance to encourage student success. Data were analyzed at the completion of the academic school year to compare the differences in GPAs between the students in the pre-intervention group (2003-04) and the same students post-implementation (2004-05).
Study Results: A statistically significant difference was found for all three of the study’s criterion variables (GPAs, discipline referrals, and attendance records) between those measured in the 2003-04 academic year (pre-intervention) and those measured in the 2004-05 academic year (post-intervention). Forty-nine of the fifty-four LISTEN participants experienced academic achievement gains in all three areas of the study.
Reference: Lampley, J. H. ., & Johnson, K. C. (2010). Mentoring At-risk Youth: Improving Academic Achievement in Middle School Students. Nonpartisan Education Review, 6(1), 1–12.
Level of Evidence: Good