7i1iii. MONITORING - Monitoring Matches: Best Practices

Stage 3 Closure:

Grossman and Rhodes (2002) found that youth with abuse or neglect histories were more likely to have their mentoring relationship end early. Research has demonstrated the negative effects that can result from early match endings with youth in care (Spencer, 2007a). As an example, Grossman and Rhodes (2002) showed that youth whose matches ended within the first three months had diminished self-reported educational, psychosocial, and risk-behavior outcomes at one year follow up. Similarly, youth whose mentoring relationships ended within the first six months had increases in externalizing behaviors in Britner and Kraimer-Rickaby’s (2005) study.

“One of the things that has transformed our work is texting. If the youth has access to a phone with texting, that is the best way to find the youth. Facebook is also a great way to keep in touch. We have a closed page that is monitored by one of our staff. She posts info and events. … And even if they don’t have a phone, they can go to a library and use a computer to message us through Facebook. When we ask them the best way to get in touch with them, they will tell us the technology that they prefer.”
– Dawn Flegel, Sarnia-Lampton CAS