PRC’s One-to-One Youth Mentoring program serves youth, ages 6-17 who are referred by other youth serving professionals for the purpose of receiving additional support and encouragement from a positive adult mentor. Each youth (Junior Partner) is matched with an adult volunteer (Senior Partner) who is recruited, screened, trained, and supervised by PRC. The Senior Partner makes a commitment to spend a few hours a week with his or her Junior Partner for a minimum of one year. The Senior Partner serves as friend, advocate, and role model to the Junior Partner.
Since 1996, hundreds of partnerships have been created. In one calendar year, Senior Partners spend over 7,800 hours with their Junior Partners. Therefore, since 1996, Senior Partners have devoted over 100,000 hours of their time bettering the lives of Routt County youth! Expected results for One-to-One include: increased or maintained levels of self-esteem, commitment to school, self-efficacy, self-control, bonding to adults, decision-making skills, attitudes against ATOD (alcohol, tobacco and other drugs) use, perceived harm of use, greater commitment to not use substances, and decreased school failure and delinquency. These results assist PRC in achieving our vision which is that all Routt County youth will be empowered to live healthy, productive lives, to contribute to their community, and to successfully pursue their dreams.
Measurable Outcomes: Mentoring Works!
Aggregate pre and post survey results showed that Junior Partners 11 years old and younger (the sample size for youth 12 years and older was too small for analysis) experienced increased:
- Commitment to School
- Bonding to Adults
- Decision-Making Skills
- Perceived Risk of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (“ATOD”) Use
- Attitudes Against ATOD Use
Junior Partners 11 and younger also experience decreased acceptance of interpersonal violence.