Helping One Juvenile at a Time Erin Turner Brenda Krizan


Helping One

Juvenile at a Time

Erin Turner

Brenda Krizan

Brendan Aubele

Jessica Wallace

Athena Bloch

Probation and Parole 2006

Instructor, Jerry Rose

EAST Project

Dianne Phillips, EAST Facilitator

Relevance to Probation and Parole

 We are focusing not only on juvenile delinquents in the community, but also on juveniles that are at a susceptible age of becoming delinquent.

 This project is to help raise the community awareness that we need more mentors for both delinquent and non-delinquent juveniles.

Believing in our Project

• We believe that juveniles are the future of our community, and if we are not providing a good group of role models then we are not securing our future. After all the future is what we depend on.

Statistics on the Crime Rate of


• Types of Crimes

Violent Crimes

• Aggravated Assault

• Homicide


Theft Arrests: 36%

Runaway Arrests: 59%

Rape Arrests: 2%

• Rape

• Robbery

Property Crimes

• Arson

Arrests: 54%

• Auto Theft

• Burglary

• Larceny/Theft males

• Disorderly Conduct

• Drug Abuse

Sex Offense: 8%

Gambling Arrests: 4%

Robbery Arrests: 9%

Prostitution/ Vice

Embezzlement: 48%

There are more arrested than females.

Race Statistics on Juveniles

This is according to the OJJDP Reports

• White youth were arrested for 72% of the crime, and they make up 79% of the population.

• Black youth were arrested for 25% of the crime, and they make up 16% of the population.

• American Indian youth were arrested for 1% of the crime, and make up only 1% of the juveniles on probation.

• Asian youth were arrested for 2% of the crime, and make up only 4% of the juveniles on probation.

What is a mentor?

• A role-model that teaches children to be successful in everything that they do.

• A mentor is a guide for life.

• They are a support system during times of need.

• They are a tutor for school subjects.

• They are a friend and a leader.

• They are someone that a juvenile looks up to.

• Mentors also help to improve the decision making skills in juveniles.

Mentoring Programs

• Youth Bridge

– The children that are mentored through here are juvenile delinquents with some form of criminal background.

• Boys and Girls Club of Benton County

– There are two different mentoring programs

• Tutoring program- mentors tutor children with schoolwork

• Child of a prisoner- mentors are asked to commit more time to this program. They are helping children whose has one parent in prison or jail.

Qualifications for Mentors

• Youth Bridge:

– Must be at least 21 years of age.

– Must be able to pass a drug test.

– Must have a clean criminal background. (No felonies)

– Must have a good driving record.

– Must have good life values.

– Must be able to dedicate 1 hour a week and no more than 4 hours a week.

Qualifications for Mentors, continued

• Boys and Girls Club of Benton County

– Must be at least 19 years of age.

– Must complete a training program.

– Must be able to pass a background check.

– Must be able to dedicate 1 hour a week, for at least

12 months.

Reasons for Mentoring

• Allows for juveniles to have a positive role model in their life.

• Helps to build social and life skills in both delinquent and non-delinquent juveniles.

• Shows juveniles that there are people out there that care about them and support them.

• Teaches juveniles constructive activities rather than destructive activities.

Reasons for Mentoring, Continued

• According to Juvenile Judge Jay Finch, “about

70% of his caseload are juveniles in single parent families.”

• More and more parents are having to work longer shifts and more days in order to make ends meet, therefore not leaving a lot of time for parents to watch their children.

Ways to become a Mentor

• Youth Bridge:

– Applications are available for mentors at all Youth

Bridge Locations

– After you complete the application return it to

Youth Bridge to April.

Boys and Girls Club

• Applications are available at the boys and girls club in Bentonville

• Applications should be returned to Dennis

• Tutoring

• Group Talk Sessions

• Community Service


• Movies

• Plays

• Dinner Outings

• Sporting Events

• Interview Skills

• Proper Dress

Activity Ideas

• Social Skills

• Hiking

• Bowling

• Go-Carting

• Picnics

• Flag Football

• Make-overs

• Rock Climbing

Thank You

• We would like to thank everyone from Youth

Bridge and the Boys and Girls Club for providing us with information.

• We would also like to thank our instructor, Jerry

Rose, for being so patient throughout this whole project.

• We also thank all of you for coming out and listening to what we have to say.




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Special Thanks to Dianne Phillips, EAST Facilitator