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Web-Based Mentor Training Program

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
89252
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
HD057674
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
NICHD
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
INNOVATION RESEARCH AND TRAINING, INC.
INNOVATION RESEARCH AND TRAINING DURHAM, NC 27707-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Web-Based Mentor Training Program
Agency: HHS
Contract: 2R44HD057674-02A1
Award Amount: $1,090,115.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The proposed project will complete the creation of a web-based training mentor program and evaluate the efficacy of the program for prospective mentors of children. The final program will consist of a three web- based t raining courses containing integrated multimedia resources, interactive activities, short quizzes for demonstration of mastery of key concepts and skills, journaling, and Web 2.0 functionality including live Webinars, moderated forums, and networking funct ionality. Course content includes building the foundation for the mentoring relationship; the first meeting with the mentee; common ethical dilemmas faced by mentors; establishing and maintaining a positive mentoring relationship with a child; and closure of the mentoring relationship. In Phase I of the project, the first course was developed, scripted, filmed, and programmed. Two feasibility studies were successfully conducted with program staff and mentors, and both groups reported high levels of satisfac tion with the modality of training delivery, the content of the course, and the usability of the website and lessons. Phase II will involve creating two additional courses and associated resources; customization of the learning management system for the tr aining program; conducting two feasibility studies of the new courses; and conducting a short-term randomized controlled trial of the effectiveness of the Mentoring Central training program for improving mentors' knowledge, attitudes, and self-efficacy to mentor as well as longevity and satisfaction in the mentoring relationship. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: The proposed web-based mentor training program fills an important gap in service needs for community-based mentoring organizations that utilize volu nteers who work with children and adolescents. Because training and supervision of mentors has been found to directly affect mentor retention and mentee-related outcomes, this program has the potential of positively effecting academic, health, behavioral, substance abuse, and mental health outcomes for youth.

Principal Investigator:

Janis B. Kupersmidt
9194937700
JKUPERSMIDT@IRTINC.US

Business Contact:

Tami Schwend
jkupersmidt@irtinc.us
Small Business Information at Submission:

INNOVATION RESEARCH AND TRAINING, INC.
INNOVATION RESEARCH AND TRAINING 1415 W NC HWY 54 DURHAM, NC -

EIN/Tax ID: 156213191
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No