Dropout prevention, retention and graduation initiative
Minnesota Department of Education, October 2008, 30 pp.
This report contains insights and recommendations aimed at educators, community organizations and policymakers working to engage students in school and learning and to improve graduation rates. Recommendations address approaches, sustainability, the role of the Department of Education and ways to support students most at-risk. more info >
Analyzing the social return on investment in youth mentoring programs: A framework for Minnesota
Wilder Research, March 2007, 4 pp.
Puts forward a framework for doing social return on investment (SROI) analysis of youth mentoring programs and then uses that framework to estimate the return to a representative mentoring program. more info >
Positive support: Mentoring and depression among high-risk youth
Public/Private Ventures, May 2006, 40 pp.
Examines National Faith-Based Initiative programs that serve high-risk youth. Describes mentoring components, the relationships between mentoring and youth outcomes, and discusses the challenges of implementing a mentoring program for high-risk youth. more info >
Guides for the journey : supporting high-risk youth with paid mentors and counselors
Public/Private Ventures, May 2004, 18 pp.
Explores the potential of a novel and emerging approach to increasing the level and quality of adult involvement with high-risk youth using paid mentor-counselors. more info >
Group mentoring: A Study of mentoring groups in three programs
Public/Private Ventures, January 2002, 62 pp.
Addresses: What is group mentoring?, Who participates in group mentoring?, Can positive relationships develop between mentors and youth in the group setting?, What challenges does group mentoring pose to mentors?, and What are the potential benefits of group mentoring? more info >
Mentoring: A promising strategy for youth development
Child Trends, January 2002, 8 pp.
Provides a summary of evaluation results from 10 youth mentoring programs, including the impacts of mentoring on educational achievement, health and safety, and social and emotional development. Also discusses the characteristics and practices that affect the success of a mentoring program. more info >
Mentoring : a synthesis of P/PV's research : 1988-1995
Public/Private Ventures, November 1995, 76 pp.
Addresses the questions such as, Does mentoring affect the attitudes and behaviors of at-risk youth? and What characterizes effective mentoring practices? more info >
Education Policy Research
Education section of Mathmatica Policy Research. Provides research information about topics including curriculum, teacher quality, at-risk youth, technology and school choice. more info >
Education Commission of the States
Educational information covering early learning, K-12, and postsecondary. The issue sites include summaries of the facts, what states are doing, programs and practice, and sources of additional information on topics such as school readiness, assessment, at-risk students, charter schools, child abuse, educational attainment, mentoring, teaching, and many more. more info >
ERIC database (Education Resources Information Center)
Database of education research. more info >