Developing a model for delivering school-based mentoring to students in military families


The aim of this project is to help schools and school districts provide a measured, preventative response to students whose academic performance and school behavior is negatively affected by deployment-related stress (DRS). Our goal is to develop a strategic model for school-based mentoring (SBM) that is coordinated by school districts and implemented by local elementary schools. We plan to develop, refine, and evaluate a practical and sustainable SBM program that school districts can use to support students whose families serve in our country’s military.

Our project has the following specific aims:


  • Develop Military Student Mentoring (MSM)—an intervention that has a service delivery model by which school districts can identify and engage military students/parents and a school-based mentoring model that meets the needs of military students.
  • Gather evidence on the feasibility of implementing the MSM service delivery (MSM-SD)and MSM school-based mentoring (MSM-SBM) models.
  • Conduct a pilot study assessing the promise of MSM.
    School Survey

    The first phase of our project is an effort to gain information from schools/school districts that are currently serving, have served, or have attempted to serve military-connected youth. Our goal is to learn how schools/school districts have a) identified military-connected students, b) engaged their parents and families, and c) supported these students and their families.

    To take the survey, please follow the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MSMPojectUARK


    The MSM Project is a research study funded by the Institute of Educational Sciences. The MSM Project is conducted in collaboration with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington, North Thurston Public Schools, and Bonnie L. Campbell, Program Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County.