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Journal of Primary Prevention

, Volume 20, Issue 3, pp 161–174 | Cite as

A Win-Win Peer Mentoring and Tutoring Program: A Collaborative Model

  • Susan Dennison
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Abstract

The Big Buddies' Program is a unique peer mentoring and tutoring project that was able to simultaneously address major service effectiveness issues at three local community organizations. Through a collaborative effort, these agencies designed this innovative approach for preventing school dropout, increasing youth's interest in volunteerism, and expanding real-world learning experiences for university undergraduate students in social work. The article outlines in detail the program set-up, selection of participants, schedule and location of buddy time, content of mentor/tutor training, coordination of the program, use of materials with plans, and the program evaluation design. Future implications of the model are provided along with guidelines for duplicating this innovative collaborative approach in other communities.

peer mentoring peer tutoring collaborative model drop-out prevention 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan Dennison
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  1. 1.Social Work DepartmentUniversity of North Carolina at GreensboroGreensboro

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