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December 4, 2019 - Twenty King’s College students are participating in the college’s Luzerne County Juvenile Justice Mentoring Program.

The goal of the program is to provide guidance and support for vulnerable youth through a structured, peer-based mentoring relationship.  The program’s mission is to reduce recidivism, improve scholastic performance, develop better social skills, reduce truancy, and prevent delinquency.

The program has been operational since 2011 and has assisted more than 250 local juveniles.

The program meets on-campus twice a week for six weeks during the fall and spring semesters.  Structured programs and activities are followed by meals with the juveniles and mentors.

Pictured in front row, from left, are mentors Mary Wood, Jackie Rocha, Meghan McGuire, Samantha Lipperini, Perla Almonte, Mary Wynkoop, Kelsie Canessa, Siomara Amigon, and Kasi Tryonas; Lou Palmeri, program director and adjunct lecturer in sociology.

Pictured in back row, from left, is Paul Lindenmuth, faculty advisor for the program and chair of the criminal justice department; mentors Katelyn Talbot, Joshua Smith, Faraj Alzahrani, Joe Kelly, Andria Narisi, and Juliana Oberto.

Absent from photo are mentors Lauren Dwyer, Ryan Lalli, Taylor Norris, Yasenya Pedraza, and Taylor Rudy.