News & Research
Referrals of High-Risk Youth for Mentoring Services in Six Juvenile Justice Settings
Friday, September 14, 2012 - Now announcing Mentoring Partnerships will be conducting juvenile justice and mentoring training across the country. This interactive training opportunity will bring together professionals from the mentoring field and the juvenile justice system to learn the results of a national study and to engage in discussion and networking strategies to build collaborative working relationships between the two disciplines. Research has shown that mentoring services to appropriate high-risk and at-risk youth will likely have a favorable impact on reducing juvenile delinquency, alcohol and drug abuse, truancy and/or other problem behaviors. Content for this new and groundbreaking training includes technical assistance materials and resources.
The training is open to individuals and teams, including administrators and staff from: mentoring programs, Juvenile Detention, Juvenile Corrections, Juvenile Probation, Delinquency Court, Youth Court, Teen Court and Dependency Court. Teams comprised of mentoring and juvenile justice staff from the same community are highly encouraged. If you do not already have a relationship, this event could be the catalyst to extend an invitation to your colleagues in the aforementioned disciplines to participate in this one-day training.
Learning objectives will ensure that participants:
● Gain an understanding of mentoring services and the six juvenile justice settings, including related terminology and structure.
● Understand the advantages and challenges of offering mentoring services within each juvenile justice setting.
● Understand best practices and recommendations for providing mentoring within or in partnership with each setting with a focus on the referral stage.
The content of this training is the result of an Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention funded research grant that explored the “referral stage” of mentoring in order to improve the design and delivery of services to troubled youth and to examine how existing mentoring / juvenile justice partnerships were established and sustained.