Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri

Bridging Boys from Risk to Resiliency

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Project Date
Mar 2019 – Nov 2021

Type of Evaluation
Outcomes, Process

Setting
Community-based

Overview

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri creates trusting and enduring relationships between young people and adult role models to encourage and support youth health and well-being and academic success.

The Evaluation Center is partnering with them on a three-year project which aims to examine circumstances that foster strong and enduring mentoring relationships to improve and expand the agency’s one-to-one mentoring model, specifically to African American boys.

Project Description

Background

In order to improve and expand the agency’s one-to-one mentoring model for African American boys, the Evaluation Center will initially analyze data on prior matches of volunteers and African American boys and conduct focus groups among volunteers, parents, staff and youth to understand how dynamic factors impact mentoring relationships and the overall health and well-being of Little Brothers. Informed by these findings, the second phase of the project aims to enhance the agency’s service delivery model to provide more and better services to African American boys immersed in risk and living in the 26 ZIP codes identified by the St. Louis Regional Youth Violence Prevention Taskforce.

Evaluation Center Activities

  • Analyze pre-existing data to identify the relationships between volunteer and youth/family demographic characteristics and the strength and endurance of mentoring relationships, as well as academic and social outcomes.
  • Conduct focus groups with volunteers, parents, staff and youth to identify circumstances necessary to produce strong and enduring mentoring relationships.
  • Inform the development of new tools and service delivery model.
  • Analyze data after implementation of a new service delivery model.

Our Products

  • Preliminary quantitative summary
  • Comprehensive baseline report
  • Focus group summary
  • Final report

Project Funder

Big Brother Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri (through Missouri Foundation for Health)

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