Program Narrative

The Northwest Community Center Mentoring Program

The Northwest Community Center Mentoring program is for Devonville youth who are truant or may drop out of school.  This program is based on an evidence-based mentoring program that has repeatedly demonstrated effectiveness across a range of settings. The program targets a number of the behavioral problems related to juvenile delinquency in NW Devonville, such as academic performance and attitudes towards school.

The program will be hosted at the Northwest Community Center. In order to be eligible for the program, youth must meet the following criteria:  Live in the Northwest area of the city; be a high school student between the ages of 14 and 18; have a GPA for the first quarter of school below a C average; have accrued three or more unexcused absences during the first quarter of school year; and agree to be mentored for at least one year.

Youth are referred to the program by a parent or guardian, a teacher, and/or by a school guidance counselor. Upon referral to the program, the program manager, Darcy Austen will schedule a meeting with the identified youth, his or her parent(s) or guardian (s), and at least one teacher within two weeks to develop a plan outlining all of the activities that the youth must partake in throughout the duration of the program. The plan is subject to change based on the youth’s progress.

Additionally, the youth will be matched with an adult mentor who will contact him or her within two weeks of the first meeting and the signing of the program consent form (which is considered the youth’s start date in the program).  For the duration of the program, mentors will meet with their assigned youth two times per week to go over homework and/or other academic issues.  All youth and their mentors will participate in a community-sponsored workshop on the requirements for being admitted to college.

For the duration of the program, mentors will contact their youths’ teachers weekly to discuss and address any problems related to truancy and/or any other academic issues. Mentors and their assigned youth will meet at least four additional times throughout the duration of the program to discuss youths’ interest and involvement in after school activities (sports, clubs).  Throughout the program, all youth will be assessed based on their academic performance, attendance in school, and effort they put forth with their mentors.

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