Mentoring program geared toward children with parents behind bars

    11:55 AM, Jan 23, 2012   |    comments
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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - January is National Mentoring Month, which is an opportunity to give back to the community and get involved with Arkansas' youth.

    The Centers for Youth and Families is hoping to educate the public on their new prevention program geared at helping children whose parents are incarcerated.

    The  Centers for Youth and Families/AMCP Mentoring Program provides specialized prevention, intervention and treatment services that promote emotional and social wellness for children and families of Arkansas.

    Services are provided through prevention services, residential care facilities, youth emergency shelter, therapeutic foster care, school-based and outpatient counseling and day treatment programs.

    The ultimate goal of the mentoring program is to prevent and reduce delinquent behavior and victimization, and to preserve and create jobs to serve youth and families most impacted by incarceration.  

    The program represents the most underserved and vulnerable children impacted by incarceration in Pulaski County. Centers for Youth and Families recruits both mentors and mentees, trying to match positive role models for these children that are essentially left behind when impacted by incarceration.  

    There are currently children without mentors who are already in the program. These children's age range from 4-17.  

    Guidelines ask that a mentor spend one hour a week with a child or a minimal of four hours total for the month. This can be accomplished during our monthly group activity or on your own.  

    To become a mentor you must be at least eighteen years of age, agree to a one-year commitment, must be able to spend a minimum of one hour per week or four hours a month with a child and pass background checks, child registry and motor vehicle checks.

    For more information, contact:
    Angela Shepherd  501-660-6886 ext.  3310
    Leticia Servin (Hispanic) 501-660-6886 ext.  3234
    Arthur Gamble   501-660-6886 ext.  3139
    Laura Landrum 501-660-6886 ext.  3312

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