Jóvenes de Puerto Rico en Riesgo Inc.

2009-Present

The mentoring program Jóvenes de Puerto Rico en Riesgo (JPRR) is designed to reduce risky behavior and increase socially accepted behavior in young people between the ages of 14-17 years. This is an example of a promising program aiming to become an evidence base practice (EBP) through rigorous evaluation.

Services: The CIES DSC is using a collaborative approach in order to design an effectiveness study that would advance the program to be an EBP. This approach establishes a shared commitment and ensures open communication between the scientific team and the JPRR staff. The results achieved collaboratively are the program logic model, a detailed evaluation plan, design of measuring instruments, and data collection. These efforts have taken [JPPR and the Cumbres project] to the level of a study of effectiveness. Through the university-community collaboration, it has been possible to advance the development of EBPs to meet the needs of the program and in turn of Puerto Rico.