California Technology Foundation
Who We Are
What We Do

One-on-One Mentoring
Home | What We Do | One-on-One Mentoring

After-school hours are crucial time for youth. These hours from 1pm through 5pm represent either an opportunity to learn and grow, through quality after-school programs such as One-on-One Tutoring or Mentoring, or a time of risk to youth’s health and safety.

These hours are the peak time for juvenile crime such as alcohol and drug use. Studies have supported that after-school programs offer a healthy and positive alternative.  These programs keep youth safe, improve academic success and help alleviate the stresses on today’s working families. These programs also can be used to serve as important youth violence prevention and intervention strategies.

Most youth do not have access to after-school programs due to financial reasons. Recent studies support that every day there are at least eight million children who are left alone and unsupervised as soon as the school bell rings. With more children growing up in homes with two or single parent, families can benefit from the safe and structured learning opportunities that are offered by CTF, after school.

After-school programs such as tutoring and mentoring are defined as safe, structured activities that convene often in the hours after school and offer activities to assist children learn new skills, and develop into responsible adults. CTF’s programs cover subjects such as technology, reading, math, science and the arts. CTF also offers programs that include new experiences such as community service, internships or tutoring and mentoring opportunities.

Youth are at greater risk of being victims of crime or participating in anti-social behaviors when they are not in structured and supervised activities such as after-school programs. Studies support that juveniles are at highest risk of being a victim of violence between 2 pm and 5 pm and the peak hours of crime for juveniles are from 3 pm to 4 pm, which is the first few hours after school.

CTF has been evaluating its after-school programs for the last few years. Each quarter the programs are compared to other programs in the nation and if possible we find ways to improve our programs. With high levels of participation, our after-school programs will lead to better school attendance, which in turn contributes to higher academic achievements.

One-on-One Mentoring Program
Last Update 04/19/08

The Purpose:

One-on-One Mentoring Program’s purpose is to provide early intervention and prevention services through the mentoring relationships for 150 “At-Risk” youth in 4th to 8th grades. The program will improve their academic performance and interpersonal relationships between their peers, teachers, and family members. The strategies of this 3 year plan will also reduce dropout rates, juvenile delinquency, and gang involvements.

Project Setting and Target Populations:

The One-on-One Mentoring Program is developed to improve the communities within the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Due to extremely crowded county school districts, poor maintained, and incompetently administrated; the youth leave after high school and never return or resort causing an endless cycle of crime, teen pregnancy, and illiteracy.

The Need:

10.8% of Los Angeles County’s youth are from single headed household where few parents have the necessary parenting skills to provide a safe and stimulating home environment. Nevertheless, the LAUSD has been a disturbingly dysfunctional organization, which is too large to serve its students; therefore, there are escalating problems of school discipline, drug and alcohol abuse, and teen pregnancy.

The Strategies:

Each year “At-Risk” youth will be paired with adult volunteers who will be screened and thoroughly trained to provide a nurturing relationship that will empower youth to make positive life choices and improve their knowledge and education into productive leaders of tomorrow. Parent and school involvement will be a major component of this proposal with seminars and workshops designed to meet their needs. Expected outcomes in One-on-One mentoring are improved academics, interpersonal relationships, reduce dropout rates, juvenile delinquency, and involvement in gangs. Exportable products will include brochures, fliers, newsletters, display tables, and program information through CTF’s website.

You can learn more about what this foundation does by clicking on the links below.

© 2011 California Technology Foundation