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Fostering Youth Independence Mentoring Program

In 2009, San Diego Youth Services (SDYS) applied for and received funding through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to enhance their Fostering Youth Independence Mentoring Program. This program seeks to engage youth in foster care with qualified mentors with the goals of reducing delinquency, improving school attendance, reducing placement disruptions, and developing skills and resilience to support successful transitions into adulthood and out of the foster care system.

SDYS contracted with the SANDAG Criminal Justice Research Division to provide grant evaluation support, including creating client surveys and tracking forms, assisting SDYS staff with data cleaning, and analysis for biannual reports through June 2012.

Project Manager

Dr. Cynthia Burke, Director, Research and Program Management
Phone: (619) 699-1910, Email:

For media inquiries, please contact the SANDAG Public Information Office at (619) 699-1950 or