New SMU research affirms Champions of Hope!

In the spring of 2014 a professor at Southern Methodist University, with a group of doctoral students from the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development, conducted a complete program evaluation of Champions of Hope, including content analysis, a set of quantitative surveys and qualitative interviews. Mentors, proteges and parents all participated in the study.

The group from SMU examined how Champions of Hope aligns with best practices for mentoring, as defined by the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring (EEPM), a highly authoritative source. There are six operational standards outlined by the EEPM, and according to their published results, Champions of Hope fully meets or exceeds virtually all of the benchmarks described in the EEPM, and even meets some of the extra ‘enhancements.

The report affirmed the work of Champions of Hope around the 5S s (Salvation, School, Sexual Purity, Story and Service). All groups reported a positive experience with Champions of Hope and all three groups agreed mentors are providing proteges with faith-based guidance aligned with the 5S s. Here are a few highlights:

–100% of parents strongly agreed 1) they are glad their child has a mentor and 2) their child enjoys spending time with his mentor.

–One protege said I already have brothers, but he is like an extra older brother that I care more about.

–One mentor said I try to reinforce what she hears at Champions of Hope events, like the camping trip [retreat] and other events. I follow up with her and reinforce those messages. We are starting to read from the children s storybook Bible.

I am very pleased to present you with the final document here. We hope you will find these findings very encouraging of the great impact Champions of Hope has on the South Dallas community.




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