Featured Resource for July 2006
Public Private Ventures has released a new publication titled, "Positive Support: Mentoring and Depression Among High-Risk Youth" by Shawn Bauldry. "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. The publication is available to download at no charge from the PPV website, www.ppv.org.
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