Are youth mentoring programs good value-for-money? An evaluation of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Melbourne program

Marjory Moodie, Jane Fisher

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Background The Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) program matches vulnerable young people with a trained, supervised adult volunteer as mentor. The young people are typically seriously disadvantaged, with multiple psychosocial problems. Methods Threshold analysis was undertaken to determine whether investment in the program was a worthwhile use of limited public funds. The potential cost savings were based on US estimates of life-time costs associated with high-risk youth who drop out-of-school and become adult criminals. The intervention was modelled for children aged 10a??14 years residing in Melbourne in 2004.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 9
Number of pages9
JournalBMC Public Health
Issue numberArt. No: 41
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

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