Pearl Youth Court Judge
Post Office Box 5426
Pearl, MS 39288-5426
Reduce Juvenile Crime
Changing Thinking and Decision Making
Youth that come through the Youth Court system are either abused or neglected or delinquent (have committed an act which would be considered a crime if they were an adult).
Many of the delinquent youth come from homes where they are taught morals and the youth has made a bad decision and will, hopefully, learn from the consequences of that bad decision and not commit another crime.
Some, however, donít have a positive role model at home and may continue to commit crimes unless they have someone to teach them morals.
Faith-Based Groups (Churches) have the ability to spend time with these youth and teach them morals.
- Growth In Moral Character
- Pursue Plan For Their Life
- Dreams & Personal Goals
- Develop Practical Life Skills
A personal relationship that:
- Encourages thoughtful, loving support.
- Guides personal growth and development.
- Leads by example.
- Empowers youth.
- Helps define what is important to accomplish.
- Helps find resources.
Mentoring is NOT...
- Being a professional counselor or social worker.
- Replacing family members.
- Tutoring youth in academic subjects as a means of improving grades.
- Providing solutions to all the issues facing the youth / family.
- Expecting dramatic changes in attitude, behavior or self-esteem quickly.
- Breaking the confidentiality / trust you have established with the youth / family unless there is a life threatening situation.
- A Group of People:
- With Different Skills
- With Different Temperaments
- Working Together
- No Memberís Temperament is Better:
- Each has its Strengths
- Each has its Weaknesses
- Each can be a Good Leader
- Team Members should:
- Support each otherís Strengths
- Compliment each otherís Weaknesses
Mentoring Team Members Responsibilities
- Make sure both you and your youth understand the essence of confidentiality within the mentoring relationship.
- Inform your TEAM of any accomplishments, situations, problems.
- Encourage your youth / TEAM and pass praises / requests along to your TEAM.Mentorís Responsibilities
- Establish a positive one-to-one relationship with the youth.
- Assist your youth in defining, researching, and setting achievable goals to reach their dream.
- Assist your youth in defining academic objectives and monitor their progress. Request tutoring when needed.
- Support and encourage the youth value / character development so that he or she develops morally and spiritually.
- Be a friend and a role model. When appropriate, share your values and faith.
- Invite youth to community youth activities, Church youth group activities, Sunday School, Church, etc.
Matching Youth with Mentors
Youth and Parents
- Church leader or his designee selects people who want to be a Mentor and who he believes would be a good Mentor.
- Background check performed on proposed Mentor (no cost to Church).
- If background check successful, Mentor receives orientation; Mentor signs oath of confidentiality; Name of Mentor put on Church list.
- Youth selected by Judge and Youth Court staff.
- Youth and Parents agree to participate knowing Mentor and Mentorís Church will be advised of Youthís conduct but that it will remain confidential.
- Youth and Parents shown list of Churches with any information supplied by the Church.
- Youth and Parents select a Church.
- Church contacted and specific information regarding the Youth is provided to Church.
- Church agrees to mentor Youth.
- Meeting arranged between Youth and Parents and one or more of the chosen Churchís Mentors.
- Youth and Mentors work together.
- Youth reports periodically to Judge and Youth Court staff regarding mentoring activities.