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March 1, 2017 - The King’s College Juvenile Justice Mentoring Program recently received a $4,000 grant from Luzerne County Children and Youth Services.

The goal of the Juvenile Justice Mentoring Program is to engage at-risk youth in positive peer relationships and experiences with college students to show at-risk youth another pathway to adulthood outside the criminal track.

Eligible juveniles are those who have been charged with a summary offense, a misdemeanor or non-violent felony, or have been identified by a guidance counselor, district magistrate, probation officer, County Judge, Youth Aid Panel, or parent as exhibiting potential law-violating behavior. 

The program was announced in October 2011 and involves trained King’s student volunteers meeting with area youth on-campus for two supervised 120-minute sessions a week for six weeks. 

Pictured, from left, is Deanna German, Children & Youth Manager, Luzerne County Children and Youth; Father John Ryan, C.S.C, King’s president; and Lou Palmeri. adjunct lecturer in sociology and co-faculty advisor of the Juvenile Justice Mentoring Program.