Web-Based Mentor Training Program

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1R43HD057674-01
Agency Tracking Number: HD057674
Amount: $121,018.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: PHS2007-2
Small Business Information
DUNS: 023317253
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
Phone: (919) 493-7700
Email: jkupersmidt@irtinc.us
Research Institution
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The proposed project will create and evaluate the feasibility of a web-based training program for prospective mentors of 10-14 year-old children. The seven-module final program will consist of a series of interactive we b- based training modules with integrated audio files and short quizzes for demonstration of mastery of key concepts and skills on topics such as common ethical dilemmas faced by mentors; establishing a positive personal relationship; helping young people develop life skills; introduction to and assisting with case management; interacting with a variety of cultural groups; termination of the relationship; and dealing with children who have special needs. In Phase I of the project, the first training module will be developed, scripted, and programmed. Once completed, the program will be tested in two feasibility studies. There will be 20 program directors or supervisors as well as 60 mentors who will complete Module1, complete a knowledge- based quiz, and pro vide program feedback on the feasibility and quality of the program. Assuming the prototype website training program show promise, Phase II will involve completing the web-based program and evaluating its effectiveness in both mentor and mentee outcomes in a randomized controlled trial.

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