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Document Number: 2841

1998 Report to Congress: Juvenile Mentoring Program MS Word - A positive bond between a developing child and a nurturing adult pays rich dividends that can last a lifetime. With the growing erosion of family life and heavy demands on overburdened support systems, this attachment is increasingly problematic. When a child's family is unable or unwilling to provide adequate supervision and support, a mentor can help fill this critical gap. In 1992, Congress amended the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974 to establish the Juvenile Mentoring Program (JUMP). This report describes the initial stages of evaluation of the 93 projects funded under JUMP and includes its preliminary findings. Both mentors and youth report that mentoring was a positive experience, and that young people benefitted from the experience, specifically in staying away from alcohol and drugs, avoiding fights and friends who are starting trouble, keeping away from gangs, and not using guns or knives. (Shay Bilchik, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, December 1998)...
Author: Shay Bilchik
Publisher: Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention

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