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Positioning Mentors as Social Capital Builders

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $307,463)

This project would empirically evaluate a mentoring-focused toolkit that is iteratively designed and implemented into the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS)’s Beyond School Walls (BSW) mentoring program, to enhance mentee’s social capital development and prevent juvenile delinquency while mentees work towards their postsecondary college and career goals. The four-site project will be conducted in three phases to address the following objectives: 1) unpack the mechanisms through which formal mentoring relationships expand and activate mentees’ social capital in support of their college and career goals, especially among mentors and mentees who do not share the same racial/ethnic background; 2) co-create a package of practical tools called the SoCap Builder’s Toolkit that mentoring dyads can implement into their practice that will help them collaboratively and intentionally build mentee’s social capital development; and 3) empirically test the effectiveness of the SoCap Builder’s Toolkit in strengthening mentees’ social capital among a sample of mentoring dyads utilizing a randomized control experimental design. CA/NCF

Date Created: September 8, 2022