Youth Mentor Program
The Department’s Community Relations Unit coordinates four important school and recreation center-based programs with the goals of reducing truancy, delinquent and pre-delinquent behaviors by encouraging and strengthening positive decision-making, self-worth, healthy behavior, and respect for both peers and parents.
Conducted year-round or during the school year for youths ages 8 – 17, the curriculum within these programs is developed and taught by specially trained officers of the Unit. Contributed funds for these programs will help to augment the Unit’s ability to purchase the necessary teaching materials, student materials, and recreational supplies.
The youth and mentorship programs are:
- D.A.R.E. – Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program (2,200 students)
- G.R.E.A.T. – Gang Resistance Education and Training Programs (4,000 students)
- C.H.E.E.R.S. – Community Health Enrichment Resources Services (300 students)
- Safety Education – Gun, Dangerous Stranger, and Senior Citizen, Home and Pedestrian Safety
- Training (approximately 10,000, including some adult programming)
Yearly Cost Per Program: $7,500