Development of cities mentor project: an intervention to improve academic outcomes for low-income urban youth through instruction in effective coping supported by mentoring relationships and protective settings. Academic Article uri icon


  • This manuscript summarizes an iterative process used to develop a new intervention for low-income urban youth at risk for negative academic outcomes (e.g., disengagement, failure, drop-out). A series of seven steps, building incrementally one upon the other, are described: 1) identify targets of the intervention; 2) develop logic model; 3) identify effective elements of targets; 4) vet intervention with stakeholders; 5) develop models for sustaining the intervention; 6) develop measures of relevant constructs currently missing from the literature; 7) assess feasibility and usability of the intervention. Methods used to accomplish these steps include basic research studies, literature reviews, meta-analyses, focus groups, community advisory meetings, consultations with scholarly consultants, and piloting. The resulting intervention provides early adolescents in low-income urban communities with a) training in contextually relevant coping, b) connection to mentors who support youth's developing coping strategies, and c) connection to youth-serving community organizations, where youth receive additional support.

published proceedings

  • J Prev Interv Community

altmetric score

  • 1

author list (cited authors)

  • Grant, K. E., Farahmand, F., Meyerson, D. A., Dubois, D. L., Tolan, P. H., Gaylord-Harden, N. K., ... Duffy, S.

citation count

  • 9

complete list of authors

  • Grant, Kathryn E||Farahmand, Farahnaz||Meyerson, David A||Dubois, David L||Tolan, Patrick H||Gaylord-Harden, Noni K||Barnett, Alexandra||Horwath, Jordan||Doxie, Jackie||Tyler, Donald||Harrison, Aubrey||Johnson, Sarah||Duffy, Sophia

publication date

  • July 2014