The effectiveness of mentoring and leisure-time activities for youth at risk

Community-based mentoring and after-school activities for youth at risk of committing crime can have a promising impact on a variety of outcomes such as deviant behaviour, violence and delinquency, even when the young people's negative behaviour is related to troublesome youth groups. Both mentoring and after-school activities are promising for youth at risk. The studies show some positive and well-documented effects in many different categories that are crucial to the young peoplees lives and well-being. On the basis of this systematically review, a number of recommendations for decision-makers and professionals who work with children and young people in vulnerable situations has been compiled. The recommendations can be found on

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