Mentoring is one of the most commonly used interventions to help youth engaged in, or thought to be at risk for, delinquent behaviour and other negative outcomes. There is consistent international evidence that youth mentoring reduces crime particularly when professionally delivered.
Mentoring is most effective when:
- programmes have higher proportion of male youth participants, professional development is a motivation for mentors,
- a high degree of training is provided for mentors,
- mentors provide emotional support and advocacy,
- mentors and youth are matched based on similarity of interests, and
- mentors and mentees spend a reasonable length of time together and meet frequently.
For every 12 young people given youth mentoring, 1 fewer will offend.