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Mission Statement

The DSHS Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration (JRA) focus is to protect the public, hold juvenile offenders accountable for their crimes, and reduce criminal behavior through a continuum of preventive, rehabilitative, and transition programs in residential and community settings.

The goal of the JRA Mentor Program is to Increase a juvenile offenders options for successful reentry to the community from a Washington State Juvenile Rehabilitation facility by pairing them with a caring adult mentor.

Description

A mentor is a trusted adult, role model and friend who assists and encourages youth involved in the Juvenile Justice System to fulfill goals they have set for their education or vocation and for a crime and substance abuse-free lifestyle.

Mentors are required to make a one year commitment, be at least 18 years of age, complete an application process, consent to a Washington State Patrol background check and complete mentor training.

Mentors are matched with their youth while they are in a juvenile facility. After being matched, training continues while a mentor coordinator supports and monitors the match. Contact is maintained by face-to-face visits, phone calls and written communication. Once the youth is released into the community, mentors meet with their youth on a weekly basis.

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http://www.dshs.wa.gov/jra/

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