DYS Mentoring Program
Arkansas Department of Human Service, Division of Youth Services and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Juvenile Justice Center have combined forces to provide mentors to juveniles involved in the Arkansas DYS system. Students at UALR are matched with system involved youth and work with them during their involvement in the system, as well as their reentry into the community. In addition to their direct work with the youth, UALR students are required to participate in an academic class in which, upon successful completion, all mentors will earn six hours of academic credit. All students are required to participate for two consecutive semesters.
The overarching goal for this mentoring program is successful juvenile reentry back into the community. This program utilizes several objectives to meet this goal. Mentors focus on improving juvenile’s behavior while in the facility, building and maintaining healthy relationships, and accessing community resources upon community reentry. By focusing on these objectives, ultimately the mentors hope to help juveniles reduce their recidivism rates and effectively reenter their communities to be more productive citizens.