Research shows that mentoring programs can improve behavioral, social, emotional, and academic outcomes for at-risk youth (OJJDP Annual Report 2012, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, December 2013). Youth with a mentor more readily attend and engage in school and are therefore more likely to finish high school and continue their education (National Service and Mentoring, Corporation for National and Community Service, February 2012).
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to supporting mentoring programs at the national and state levels. In FY 2012, OJJDP awarded more than $68 million to national and local organizations to strengthen, expand, and implement youth mentoring activities and youth development programs (OJJDP Annual Report 2012, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, December 2013).
In recognition of National Mentoring Month (celebrated each January) and to serve as a resource throughout the year, NCJRS presents this online compilation of publications and information on mentoring. For more information on this topic, please select a page from the list below or from the box at the right under the heading "Mentoring Resources":