Evaluation of a Youth Mentoring Program

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Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified June 2013 by David DuBois, University of Illinois at Chicago.
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
First Posted : September 12, 2005
Last Update Posted : June 19, 2013
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
David DuBois, University of Illinois at Chicago

September 7, 2005
September 12, 2005
June 19, 2013
May 2005
February 2014   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
  • Mental health [ Time Frame: Measured at Year 1 ]
  • Health behaviors [ Time Frame: Measured at Year 1 ]
  • Mental health
  • health risk behaviors
  • positive health behaviors
  • self-esteem
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  • Social support and social networks (including mentoring relationship quality) [ Time Frame: Measured at Year 1 ]
  • Academic achievement [ Time Frame: Measured at Year 1 ]
Social support and social networks
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Evaluation of a Youth Mentoring Program
Development and Evaluation of a Youth Mentoring Program
This study will be used to determine the effectiveness of GirlPOWER!, an innovative mentoring program for adolescent minority girls living in urban areas.

The potential benefits of adolescent mentoring programs cannot be overemphasized. Mentoring may be especially beneficial to urban-living, minority adolescents who may lack role models. The Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) organization administers a widely-praised and empirically-supported program that is committed to building successful mentoring relationships between adolescents and adults in their community. In collaboration with the BBBS affiliate agency in Chicago, the PI has developed an intervention called GirlPOWER! GirlPOWER! combines mentoring with self-esteem enhancement and health education and promotion strategies. This study will determine the effectiveness of the GirlPOWER! intervention and determine its feasibility in being applied to other populations.

Participants will be randomly assigned to receive either the GirlPOWER! intervention or traditional mentoring through BBBS and followed for 1 year. Participants in the GirlPOWER! group and their mentors will engage in structured activities that focus on strengthening the mentoring relationship, promoting self-esteem, reducing levels of health-compromising behaviors such as substance use and violence, and increasing levels of health-enhancing behaviors. Traditional mentoring comprises less structured activities and typically includes general discussion of an adolescent's day-to-day life and any accomplishments and challenges he or she may have experienced. Participants will be assessed at study entry, 3 months following entry, and at the end of one year. Assessments will include surveys completed by youth as well as their parents, mentors, and teachers; academic data also will be obtained from school records.

Phase 1
Phase 2
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Self Concept
  • Behavioral: GirlPOWER! mentoring program
    GirlPOWER! mentoring program includes monthly 3-hour workshops for youth and mentors combined with monthly supplemental activities to be completed independently by youth-mentor pairs.
  • Behavioral: Traditional mentoring
    Traditional mentoring includes a community-based mentoring program, in which the youth-mentor spends time together in activities of their choosing 2 to 4 times a month.
    Other Name: Big Brothers Big Sisters Community-Based Mentoring Program
  • Experimental: 1
    GirlPOWER! mentoring program
    Intervention: Behavioral: GirlPOWER! mentoring program
  • Active Comparator: 2
    Big Brothers Big Sisters community-based mentoring program
    Intervention: Behavioral: Traditional mentoring

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Unknown status
Same as current
February 2014
February 2014   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Live in Chicago, Illinois Metropolitan area
  • Parent or guardian willing to provide informed consent
Sexes Eligible for Study: Female
10 Years to 13 Years   (Child)
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United States
R21MH069564( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
R21MH069564 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
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David DuBois, University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Illinois at Chicago
  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago
Principal Investigator: David L. DuBois, PhD University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Illinois at Chicago
June 2013

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