Wirkungsnachweis aus der Literatur

Langfristig (> 5 Jahre)
Makro (Gesellschaft)

monetized benefits to the community as a result of the mentoring programme


In 2006, Mentor Duluth contributed to a cost–benefit analysis conducted by the University of Minnesota and Wilder Research (Anton & Temple, 2007). The recent study concluded that taxpayers could expect a $2.72 return on their investment for every dollar of resources invested in community based mentoring. They also estimated a $4.89 return for mentoring when used for intervention of youth who are truant, drinking, or engaging in criminal behavior. The study included the benefits of reducing truancy, increasing school achievement as well as crime prevention and reductions in alcohol, tobacco and drug use. The Minnesota Mentoring Partnership listed the total benefit for each youth mentored at $7,426 over their lifetime.

Beschreibung der Aktivität

Mentor Duluth program
Mentor Duluth is a community-mentoring program where children are matched with adult mentors. The children are typically from lowincome single parent families and are referred by parents, teachers or social workers. Mentors are adults ranging in age from 18 to 70, and are volunteers who want to spend time with an individual child. The activities vary widely, and depend on the interests of the mentor and the child, but include participating in outdoor activities, going to movies, attending sporting events, visiting the mentor's home, talking, listening and sharing time with each other.
4 to 18
Gemeinschaft/ Gemeinden/ Kommunen

Evaluierung der Aktivität

Quantitative Fragebogenerhebung (schriftlich/offline)
The longitudinal study began in 2001 and currently includes a large data base with over 900 children and literally hundreds of variables. To date there are 946 children in the longitudinal study and 639 children who have been matched. The study is unique in collecting data on an annual basis for as long as the child is in the program, and obtaining feedback from children, parents, mentors and schools. The annual interviews are one way in which the contact is maintained, and include open and closed questions on 10 subscales of healthy life styles, community, school, friends, family, communication, decision-making, self esteem, values and mentor relationships. The study also includes a cost benefit analysis.
(a) expected return to taxpayers for every dollar invested in community based mentoring (b) expected return for mentoring when used for intervention of youth who are truant, drinking, ir engaging in criminal behavior (c ) total benefit for each youth mentored over their lifetime
(a) $ 2.72 (b) $ 4.89 (c ) $ 7,426
946 children in the longitudinal study, 639 children who have been matched
started in 2001, ongoing (Note: at the time of publication, year 2009)