Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work


Cross-age peer mentoring program funded by U.S. Department of Justice

Cross-age peer mentoring program funded by U.S. Department of Justice

Dr. Tyson with participants in the Stand Up! Help Out! program.

Dr. Katherine Tyson of the School of Social Work and Dr. Maryse Richards of the Department of Psychology recently received a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice for their proposal to evaluate the effectiveness of community-based cross-age mentoring to reduce negative outcomes related to violence exposure and to promote positive development.

The mixed-methods study will collaborate with four sites serving low-income, high violence urban neighborhoods including Dr. Tyson’s StandUp!HelpOut! program, as well as CeaseFire, the Lawndale Christian Legal Center, and Enlace. A prospective approach will be implemented to follow cross-age mentor and mentee pairs for one year of mentoring. The approach will emphasize the collaborative partnerships with the four community organizations, with the objective of promoting positive development and reducing delinquency and negative outcomes in Chicago youth.

Dr. Tyson has been teaching at Loyola’s School of Social Work since 1989 and teaches in both the masters and doctoral programs. Her current practice and research focuses on community development through supporting parents in non-violent caregiving methods, psychotherapy with children, therapeutic residential care for severely mentally ill and homeless clients, and international social work. She teaches Global Social Work Practice, Clinical Social Work Treatment with Children, Participatory Action and Qualitative Research, and the Nature of Social Work Knowledge in the doctoral program.