Big Brothers Big Sisters school-based mentoring programs.
Initiative Description: Mentors participate in pre-match screening, orientation, and training, and are expected to meet with mentees on a weekly basis. SBM’s strong appeal stems from its potential to reach youth who might not be referred by their parents and to connect a broad array of community members with youth’s daily academic and social experiences in the school setting.
Study Results: Mentoring relationship quality was associated with some of the outcomes through its association with improved parent and teacher relationships.
Reference: Chan, S. S., Rhodes, J. E., Howard, W. J., Lowe, S. R., Schwartz, S. e., & Herrera, C. (2013). Pathways of influence in school-based mentoring: The mediating role of parent and teacher relationships. Journal of School Psychology, 51 (1), 2013, 129–142. doi:10.1016/j.jsp.2012.10.001
Level of Evidence: Good