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Report Summary


Twelve Together was found to have potentially positive effects on staying in school and no discernible effects on progressing in school.

Program Description

Twelve Together is a one-year peer support and mentoring program for middle and early high school students that offers weekly after-school discussion groups led by trained volunteer adult facilitators. Each peer discussion group consists of about 12 participants, who are a mix of students at high risk of academic failure and others at lower academic risk. Group discussions are based on student interest, usually focusing on personal, family, and social issues. The program also offers homework assistance, trips to college campuses, and an annual weekend retreat.


One study of Twelve Together met the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) evidence standards with reservations. The study was a randomized controlled trial that included 219 eighth-grade students in nine middle schools in one California school district.

This intervention report was prepared for the WWC by American Institutes for Research under contract ED-02-CO-0022.