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Program/Intervention Name



Child Supports and community connections, Mentoring Programs, Social/emotional functioning

Program/Intervention Description

What: BEST Kids seeks to promote better futures for youth in the District of Columbia’s child welfare system by developing and supporting one-on-one mentoring relationships between the youth and caring, consistent adults. How: All mentors are required to spend at least ten hours a month and make weekly contact with their mentee. Peer Group activities are monthly and are usually 3-5 hours long. The recommended average length of contact for the individual matches is 15 minutes for phone interactions and 3-5 hours for in-person interactions. Ideally, mentors are not only making weekly contact, but are making weekly in-person contact. Mentors commit to a minimum of one year. Nearly all of the mentor/mentee matches are sustained for at least 12 months; many matches continue well beyond this one-year time period, and a new match is established whenever a departing mentor must be replaced.

Intervention Target Population Identified (Age Group)

6-12, 13-17

Program Goals/Outcomes

1) Improving academic achievement, 2) Building emotional and social well-being, 3) Decreasing participation in risky behaviors, 4) Increasing independent living skills and career readiness

QIC Target Group

Both Target 1 and Target 2

QIC Adoption/Guardianship Relevance Levels

LEVEL 3: Replicated Without Adaptation for Adoption or Guardianship

QIC level of Evidence

LEVEL 5: Better Practice

Intervention Web Site/URL

Contact Person/Purveyor

Krislyn Mossman


BEST Kids, Inc.

Contact Email

Contact Phone

(202) 397-2999; (202)-397-3272 ext 100

External Links (Registry/Other Catalog)