STATE OF WASHINGTON
DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
JUVENILE REHABILITATION ADMINISTRATION
907 Harney Street, Vancouver, WA 98660
(360) 993-7954 · FAX (360) 993-6979
Region 3 Mentoring Program
Mentoring Youth in the Juvenile Justice System
Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration, Mentoring Program
What is a Mentor?
A Mentor is a trusted adult, a role model and encourager to youth involved in the Juvenile Justice System.
- Mentors assist youth to set and fulfill goals they have set for their education or vocation and for a substance-free and crime-free lifestyle.
- Mentors empower youth by helping them recognize their unique qualities and talents.
- Mentors connect with youth and convey the message, “you are worth my time and effort”.
- Mentors encourage youth by sharing their personal goals, values and experiences.
Mentors are asked to make a one-year commitment and are required to do the following:
- Be at least 21 years of age.
- Complete an application process.
- Consent to a Washington State Patrol background check.
- Complete Mentor training (we provide).
- Commit to meet their youth monthly while they are in a correction’s institution.
- Attend quarterly meetings to enhance skills in working with youth.
- Once the youth returns to the community, meet with the youth as often as possible.
How does the youth benefit?
Youth in transition from juvenile correction institutions need assistance returning to the community.
- Youth benefit from a nurturing, supportive adult relationship.
- Mentors provide guidance to youth in achieving goals.
- Mentors access community resources for the youth.
- Youth are introduced to positive community events and activities.
- Options and opportunities are enhanced.
To engage, motivate, train and provide volunteer mentors from diverse cultural backgrounds as positive role models for youth transitioning from the juvenile justice system.