Evaluation of a Youth Mentoring Program
Recruitment status was: Active, not recruiting
|Self Concept||Behavioral: GirlPOWER! mentoring program Behavioral: Traditional mentoring||Phase 1 Phase 2|
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
|Official Title:||Development and Evaluation of a Youth Mentoring Program|
- Mental health [ Time Frame: Measured at Year 1 ]
- Health behaviors [ Time Frame: Measured at Year 1 ]
- Social support and social networks (including mentoring relationship quality) [ Time Frame: Measured at Year 1 ]
- Academic achievement [ Time Frame: Measured at Year 1 ]
|Study Start Date:||May 2005|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||February 2014|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||February 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
GirlPOWER! mentoring program
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.
Active Comparator: 2
Big Brothers Big Sisters community-based mentoring program
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
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.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00158353
|United States, Illinois|
|University of Illinois at Chicago|
|Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60608|
|Principal Investigator:||David L. DuBois, PhD||University of Illinois at Chicago|