• December 2014/January 2015
  • Vol. 15, No. 11

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Mentoring for Pregnant and Parenting Youth

A guidebook written by Social Policy Research Associates for the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration's Young Parents Demonstration Project (YPD) aims to help professionals develop and implement mentoring programs or incorporate mentoring into youth services programs. The mentoring components focus specifically on pregnant and parenting teens in order to help them access necessary services, such as employment and educational services. Child welfare agencies and professionals working with pregnant and parenting youth in care can find resources and strategies to help this population become self-sufficient.

The book leads professionals through five crucial steps of implementing a successful mentoring program: laying the groundwork for the program, designing an effective program, designing the components of recruitment and mentoring, running the program, and ensuring continuous improvement and impact. A list of resources related to each of the five steps is included. The book also profiles four YPD grantees and shares some of their experiences in developing and running mentoring programs. 

Access Mentoring Youth and Young Parents: A Guidebook for Programs Helping Youth and Young Parents Navigate a Pathway to Self-Sufficiency at http://wdr.doleta.gov/research/FullText_Documents/Mentoring_Youth_and_Young_Parents_Guidebook.pdf (916 KB).

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