High School Youth Benefit from Expanded New York City Mentoring Program; Westat Evaluated

How can a mentoring program support youth through life’s challenges? How does it help on an individual level, with education, relationships, and engagement with the community?

New York City’s Cornerstone Mentoring Program was expanded in 2016 to include high school youth. It now offers mentoring to youth in both middle and high school. Mentoring currently takes place in Cornerstone Community Centers, located in public housing developments around the city, and through some Department of Youth and Community Development after-school programs (Beacon, Comprehensive After School System of NYC, and Learn & Earn).

Westat and Metis evaluated the expanded program’s early implementation. We found that high school youth report a variety of benefits from the program, including more community involvement and focus on school. 

Read the full evaluation report: Early Implementation of the Cornerstone High School Mentoring Program

Read a city blog post about the evaluation and next steps for the program: Cornerstone Mentoring Program: Sparking Entrepreneurial Spirit in NYC Youth

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