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Across Ages

Center of Intergenerational Learning
1601 North Broad Street USB 206
Philadelphia, PA 19122
http://templecil.org/Acrossageshome.htm

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Contact Information:
Dr. Andrea Taylor, PhD
Director
215.204.6708
ataylor@temple.edu

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Prevention
Intervention

Both

Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Elementary
Middle School

Urban
Suburban
Inner City

Individuals

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

Description:

The Across Ages program uses older adults as mentors for youth. Originally designed solely as a school-based program, the program's design now uses a wide-ranging prevention strategy suitable for a variety of settings during both school time and out-of-school time. The program targets its supports to five domains: the individual, the family, the school, the peer group, and the community. By acting as advocates, challengers, nurturers, role models, and friends, older (age 55 and over) mentors help "at-risk" youth develop awareness, self-confidence, and skills to help resist drugs and overcome obstacles.

Program Descriptors Include:
Attendance/Truancy, Behavior Management/Discipline, Mentoring/Tutoring, Substance Abuse

Starting Date: 1991
Students Served Per Year: 50-250
Last Verified: 2009

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • High-risk peer group
  • High-risk social behavior
  • Low achievement
  • Poor attendance

Family factors

  • Not living with both natural parents
  • Family disruption

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Clear social norms

Independence

  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards

Creativity

  • Problem-solving skills

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is less than $25,000 or over $2000 per student.

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Foundations
Donations
Organizations/Agencies

Volunteers

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Unspecified

Center for Substance Abuse Prevention SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

Evaluation Information:

The Across Ages program was evaluated using a quasi-experimental design. The findings indicate that mentoring was critical to the success of the program, but all program components were critical for success. Specifically, students participating in the full program showed: decreased alcohol and tobacco use, increased school attendance, and increased positive attitudes toward school and the future.

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level

National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities
209 Martin Street
Clemson, SC 29631-1555
Toll Free: 866-745-5641
TDD: 866-212-2775
Fax: 864-656-0136
Email: NDPCSD-L@clemson.edu

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