Here are some general mentoring resources that you may find useful.
This brief from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network discusses the issue of trauma within the female juvenile justice population. The resource includes descriptive statistics and profiles of girls in the system who have experienced trauma and... Read more about this resource
A positive mentoring experience can help a young person develop new skills and a more hopeful view of the future. For youth involved in the foster care or juvenile justice system, the impact of a mentor can be even more significant. According to... Read more about this resource
A mentor can change the life of a young person involved in the juvenile justice or foster care system, but recruiting mentors to work with system-involved youth can be challenging. Potential mentors may fear that mentoring these youth requires... Read more about this resource
High-need youth, such as those involved in the juvenile justice or foster care system, typically face many challenges that mentoring programs cannot address on their own. This overview describes how mentoring programs can create partnerships and... Read more about this resource
The National Reentry Resource Center, established by the Second Chance Act and funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice, provides assistance to the prisoner reentry field. Their website provides resources for states,... Read more about this resource
For many, summer holidays are an exciting and joyful time of year—wonderful meals, gifts exchanged, family traditions, and time spent with loved ones. But for youth involved in the juvenile justice or foster care system, the holidays can be... Read more about this resource
Helping Those Who Need it Most: Meeting the Mental Health Care Needs of Youth in the Foster Care and Juvenile Justice SystemsYoung people who are transitioning out of the foster care and juvenile justice systems often have serious mental health needs. This report from California Family Impact Seminar explores these questions and proposes some answers from young people who... Read more about this resource
This issue brief from the Youth Reentry Task Force of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Coalition outlines the concept of reentry services in theory and practice, offers a review of federal policy previously enacted to support reentry... Read more about this resource
Addressing the Needs of Multi-System Youth: Strengthening the Connection between Child Welfare and Juvenile JusticeThis paper from the Georgetown Public Policy Institute’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform and the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps provides communities with a framework for serving youth involved in both the juvenile justice and child... Read more about this resource
This document, divided into two sections, is designed to meet the needs of juvenile justice stakeholders who are working to promote family involvement and of families whose children are involved in the juvenile justice system. The first section, The... Read more about this resource
This report from the College Board Advocacy & Policy Center explores the issues affecting the academic performance of young men of color. Based on two years' worth of data pulled from conversations with men from four groups — African Americans,... Read more about this resource
Everyone benefits when mentoring programs engage mentees’ parents and caregivers—youth, mentors, and the program as a whole. What can mentoring program staff do to effectively engage the parents or caregivers of mentees involved in the juvenile... Read more about this resource
This tool is designed to help programs identify organizations as potential targets for mentor recruitment. The rating system enables program staff to prioritize organizations for outreach and partnership.
This article from The National Mentoring Center Bulletin gives a deeper understanding of the issues (both internal to the program agency, as well as external) of the reasons why it's harder to recruit men as mentors and provides a variety of... Read more about this resource