MAI, in partnership with Research for Action (RFA), commissioned by the Wallace Foundation, summarized the evidence on the effectiveness of out of school time programs within the context of the Every Student Succeeds Act. "Afterschool Programs: A Review of Evidence Under the Every Student Succeeds Act," reviews research from 2000 to 2017 and finds 128 afterschool programs with research that meets the requirements of ESSA’s top three tiers. Download the final report here!

Youth Development & Mentoring

Funder: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) 
Project Time Period: 2014-Present 

Project Category: Youth Development/Mentoring/Formative evaluation

About Amachi: Amachi, under the stewardship of Dr. W. Wilson Goode, Sr., is a national mentoring program that seeks to prevent at-risk youth from becoming involved in the juvenile justice system, especially youth whose parents have been incarcerated or who have been impacted by incarceration. Since Amachi’s inception, more than 300,000 youth affected by incarceration have received focused mentoring through Amachi-modeled programs in 250 cities across the U.S. Experienced social service organizations implement the program; they recruit, screen, match, train, track and support Amachi mentors and identify youth who could benefit from the program.

The Work: Our research employs a multi-pronged mixed-methods approach—consisting of in-depth staff interviews, mentor surveys, and mentee pre/post surveys to better understand implementation of the program’s research-based mentoring enhancements across the Amachi sites. 

What We’re Learning: Program staff and mentors’ perceptions of Amachi’s enhancements are positive, indicating they are helpful. Mentors are learning new information which is helping to enhance the relationships between the mentors and mentees. Additionally, mentees are reporting high-quality relationships with their mentors and are garnering benefits from their mentoring match such as feeling as though their mentors are someone they can talk to when they are having problems.

Download our report on the "Amachi Multi-State Grant (2014-2016)."