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Making a Difference in Schools: The Big Brothers Big Sisters School-Based Mentoring Impact Study (2007) 
This landmark random assignment impact study of Big Brothers Big Sisters School-Based Mentoring is the first national study of the school-based mentoring model. The study involved 10 agencies, 71 schools, and 1,139 9- to 16-year-old youth randomly assigned to either a treatment group of program participants or a control group of their non-mentored peers. Surveys were administered to all participating youth, their teachers, and their mentors in fall 2004, spring 2005, and fall 2005. The report describes the programs and their participants and answers several key questions, including: Does school-based mentoring work? What kinds of mentoring experiences help to ensure benefits? How much do these programs cost? Findings highlight both the strengths of this program model and its current limitations and suggest several recommendations for refining this model—recommendations that Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies across the country are already working to implement.

Paving the Way to Work: A Guide to Career-Focused Mentoring for Youth with Disabilities (2006) 
Mentoring is one of the most important strategies for helping youth make a successful transition into adulthood, but very little information exists about mentoring youth with disabilities or about career-focused mentoring of older youth. This guide from the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth specifically addresses the needs of youth with disabilities during their transition from school to work.

Research-to-Practice Books from DO-IT: Creating an E-Mentoring Community, and Creating a Transition Program for Teens (2007) 
These research-to-practice books from DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) provide guidelines, respectively, 1) for creation of an e-mentoring community, with sample messages and materials to train and support mentors and protégés, and 2) for designing and implementing a transition program for teens that includes technology access, summer study, mentoring, peer and neer-peer support, college preparation activities, and work-based learning. Both books are available online.

Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™, Third Edition (2009)
The Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™, Third Edition brings together the nation’s foremost authorities on mentoring under the leadership of Dr. Jean Rhodes of the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and Dr. Janis Kupersmidt of innovation Research & Training. It includes six evidence-based standards addressing mentor and mentee recruitment; screening; training; matching; monitoring and support; and closure. Each standard offers benchmarks for day-to-day operations, and they are applicable in stand-alone mentoring programs, as well as programs where mentoring is one element. Each standard also offers enhancements that program staff can incorporate, based on the experience of outstanding mentoring practitioners. This resource also includes a section on practical advice in building a new mentoring program or strengthening an existing one. It focuses on program design and planning; program management; and program evaluation.


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Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
The official Web site of one of the largest youth mentoring organizations in the country. Includes links to volunteer opportunities, as well as an overview of research that has been done on the efficacy of mentoring programs.

National Center for Mentoring Youth with Disabilities
The National Center for Mentoring Youth with Disabilities provides information about best practices in the field, helps professionals connect with others who are committed to similar work, provides information about upcoming conferences, and provides training and technical assistance to organizations interested in mentoring for youth with disabilities.

Connecting to Success: Mentoring Through Technology to Promote Student Achievement
The Connecting to Success electronic mentoring program is developing, implementing, and evaluating a model for using electronic mentoring to promote successful transition of youth with disabilities into adult life. Their Web site contains information about mentoring and e-mentoring, related links, and resources geared toward participants in the program (available for all to view).

International Telementor Program
The International Telementor Program e-mentoring program has provided mentoring opportunities to more than 16,000 students, teachers, and mentors since its creation in 1995 at Hewlett Packard. The program’s Web site includes overviews of student/mentor projects, a history of the program, and an overview of e-mentoring.

National Mentoring Center
A project of Northwest Regional Education Laboratory (NWREL), this Web site has many excellent publications and training opportunities. NWREL also manages the MentorExchange, a listserv and discussion forum for mentoring professionals around the world.

National Mentoring Partnership
National clearinghouse site on mentoring. Includes links to local organizations, tips and training on effective mentoring programs and practices, a public policy arm that supports mentoring initiatives, and a research corner.

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