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JRSA conducted a process and outcome evaluation of Utah's 4-H Mentoring/Youth and Families with Promise (YFP) program, a statewide 4-H mentoring program designed for at-risk youths who are approximately 10-14 years old. Youths are paired with mentors, participate in 4-H activities, and also attend Family Night Out (FNO) activities to strengthen family bonds.

Using a quasi-experimental design, this study addressed whether the YFP program increased youths' interpersonal competence, improved youths' academic performance, strengthened youths' family relationships, and prevented delinquency. Pre- and post-program data were collected from 2005 to 2010 from youths involved in the program, parents of youths involved in the program, and a comparison group of students of similar age. Outcome indicators were measured at the start of, during, and up to three years after program involvement using the Behavioral and Emotional Rating Scale Version 2 (BERS-2); official school and court records; and youth self-reports of behavior and perceptions of the program. Youths perceptions of mentor relationship quality were measured with the Youth-Mentor Relationship Questionnaire. Program dosage data, observations of program activities, mentor surveys, interviews and surveys of program staff, and program documentation were used to assess program implementation. Assessment of program costs involved collecting data on program expenditures and comparing it to expenditures of similar programs.

More information on the YFP program can be obtained from the Youth and Families with Promise web site.


Related Publications

A Process and Outcome Evaluation of the 4-H Mentoring/Youth and Families with Promise (YFP) Program. March 2012.

Final Report

Preliminary Process Evaluation: 4-H Mentoring/Youth and Families with Promise (YFP) Program. March 2008.

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