Mentoring and Counseling Interventions

Exposure to gun violence traumatizes children – and this trauma follows them into the classroom. We partner with community-based organizations to identify and evaluate trauma-informed interventions, including mentorship and counseling programs, that surface and strengthen skills in students that help them navigate difficult situations and succeed in school.

While gun violence may affect boys more directly as participants, our research suggests as high as 38% of school-aged girls in Chicago public high schools exhibit signs of PTSD — double the probability of PTSD in service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan- as a result of high rates of trauma exposure, including gun violence.

22%

Youth Guidance’s Working on Womanhood (WOW) program, a group-based peer mentoring program serving school aged girls in Chicago neighborhood schools, reduces PTSD symptoms by 22% in addition to reducing anxiety and depression.

50%

Our evaluation of Youth Guidance’s Becoming a Man (BAM), a school-based group counseling program for young men in 7th-12th grades, found that BAM participants experienced 50% fewer arrests for violent crimes.

Related Projects
Back to Our Future (B2OF)

Back to Our Future (B2OF)

Back to Our Future (B2OF) is a state-funded, district-led, evidence-informed effort to re-engage disconnected students at an elevated risk for gun violence involvement.

Communities in Schools (CIS)

Communities in Schools (CIS)

The Education Lab partnered with Communities in Schools to evaluate an intervention program of academic and socio-emotional learning supports for students at risk of dropping out of school.

Chicago Student Success Initiative (CSSI)

Chicago Student Success Initiative (CSSI)

The Education Lab partnered with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to develop new interventions for schools disproportionately serving students at the highest risk of school dropout or violence involvement.

Youth Advocate Programs
CURRENT

Youth Advocate Programs

The Crime Lab and Education Lab, in partnership with Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. (YAP), conducted a randomized controlled trial of YAP’s wraparound advocacy services to evaluate the program’s impact on youth academic outcomes and violence engagement outcomes.

Related Resources
Scaling Promising Practices in Youth Mentoring
Case study

Scaling Promising Practices in Youth Mentoring

Oct 2023

This case study by Results for America highlights the Crime Lab and Education Lab’s role in the City of Chicago’s bold initiative to expand the evidence-based Becoming a Man group mentoring model to serve thousands of young men.

Randomized evaluation of a school-based, trauma-informed group intervention for young women in Chicago
Academic Paper

Randomized evaluation of a school-based, trauma-informed group intervention for young women in Chicago

Jun 2023

Science Advances journal publication.

Working on Womanhood- Research Brief
Research Brief

Working on Womanhood- Research Brief

Jun 2023

Research brief for the Working on Womanhood project.

Seizing the Opportunity to Advance Education Equity
Report

Seizing the Opportunity to Advance Education Equity

Jun 2021

2021 Education Lab report on barriers to education faced by CPS students.

Latest Updates

Expanding a City-Wide Tutoring Effort: Lessons from Chicago Public Schools
Media Mention
MDRC
Jun 2024

Expanding a City-Wide Tutoring Effort: Lessons from Chicago Public Schools

Read a blog post from the Education Lab’s research partners at MDRC about our work to help expand tutoring programs in Chicago Public Schools as a part of the Personalized Learning Initiative (PLI).

Using ed tech in high-dosage tutoring could cut costs by a third
Media Mention
K-12 Dive
Jun 2024

Using ed tech in high-dosage tutoring could cut costs by a third

K-12 Dive covers new research released by the Education Lab showing that substituting some tutoring time with ed tech can reduce staffing needs without compromising tutoring’s impact on student learning.

Case Study: Expanding High-Impact Tutoring in Chicago Public Schools
Saga Education
Jun 2024

Case Study: Expanding High-Impact Tutoring in Chicago Public Schools

This case study explores broad-scale, high-impact tutoring (HIT) programs implemented in partnership with Chicago Public Schools and shown through the Education Lab’s research to improve student learning.