To support advocacy efforts with policymakers and youth justice programs of the value of one-on-one mentoring services for youth up to age 18 involved in the justice system. Staff serve on local, state and national committees where they promote mentoring as a successful tool in diverting youth from more punitive consequences for delinquent behavior. The goals of this project are to develop relationships for youth with caring adults and to reduce the youths’ risks of recidivism, truancy and school infractions that could result in suspension or expulsion.
This grant provides general operating support for Nutmeg BBBS, which provides nurturing mentors to vulnerable children at risk or currently involved with the juvenile justice system. This organization also has a strong local and state advocacy presence and works to promote youth justice reform and the adoption of evidence-based alternatives, such as mentoring for justice-involved youth.
One-to-One Mentoring for System-Involved Youth
To support a one-on-one mentoring program for youth involved in the juvenile justice system. Participating youth will be matched with trained adults who will work with them for a minimum six hours a month to engage and direct them toward appropriate, empowering and productive activities and away from activities and groups that are risky or dangerous. The goals of this project are to reduce the youths’ risks of recidivism, truancy and school infractions resulting in suspension or expulsion.