The Juvenile Court Services Mentor Program matches youth in contact with juvenile court with positive role models and pro-social activities in their communities. Mentors develop caring and consistent, positive adult relationships with youth, as well as supporting their mentees in building connections to needed resources through one-on-one and group activities. Mentors work with juvenile court and other community stakeholders to help youth overcome identified challenges and/or barriers to their success.
Our mentors are local, community-based providers who want to make a positive difference in a young person's life. All mentors are 21 years of age and older and are screened through a Washington State Patrol background check.
Mentors attend training on cultural competency before being matched with a youth and must attend ongoing monthly training on various topics. Our mentors stay in contact with their mentees weekly by phone, social media, in person and in groups. One-to-One Mentorship is intended to be a 6-month commitment, while Group Mentorship is shorter and highlights peer-to peer-cohort values, as well as components of the one-to-one program for groups of youth at the same time.
About Our Mentees
The Mentor Program is a resource for youth who are pre-adjudicated, on probation or electronic home monitoring, or participating in the Diversion Community Accountability Board and/or the Family Intervention and Restorative Services Program.
The Mentor Program has received recognition from the Washington State Institute for Public Policy as a model for reducing crime and cost to taxpayers in Washington State.
Understanding that the needs of our youth are ever-changing, we have committed to our program being an adaptive and evolving one in order to meet the needs of the youth and families we serve through Juvenile Court Services.