In 2010, Trusted Mentors initiated 2 Tracks to Success: Mentoring for Long-Term Homeless Prevention and Mentoring for Successful Re-Entry
Mentoring for Long Term Homeless Prevention Mentoring expands the support network for those leaving homelessness and populations known to be at risk. In studies by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the networks among the economically disadvantaged tend to be more helpful with “getting by” rather than connecting people with “getting ahead” networks. Mentors expand that support network. In a recent study of adults mentored by Trusted Mentors, over 80% agreed that having a mentor reduced loneliness and social isolation.
Mentoring for Successful Re-entry responds to the recognition that mentoring is a significant component to successful reentry. The National Research Council recommends that offenders be matched with mentors at the time of release. Initial studies by the Public/Private Ventures, in the study "Mentoring Formerly Incarcerated Adults", found that individuals who had mentors were more likely to find a job - a condition that improved other outcomes. The Indiana Department of Corrections (IDOC) reports that employment can reduce recidivism by up to 50%.
In 2010, Loring Sternberg and Associates was asked to review the Trusted Mentors mentoring program in order to determine their impact on those served. This report reflects that mentoring can and does work based on:
- How TM recruits and trains mentors
- How TM screens mentees
- How TM supports the relationship ongoing
Trusted Mentors can document that it is lowering re-incarceration and helping more people remain housed. Click here for a pdf version of the full report.