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January 19, 2017 - Eighteen King’s College students are serving as volunteer mentors for the Juvenile Justice program.

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. 

The two-hour mentoring sessions are divided into three sections; homework assistance, an activity period, and a meal in the King’s dining area.

Pictured in front row, from left, is Lou Palmeri. adjunct lecturer in sociology and co-faculty advisor of the Juvenile Justice Mentoring Program; student mentors Selina Malacari, Brittany Catania, Juliana Mizenko, Tyler Wilson, Daijah Davis, and Oscar Flores; Giuliana LaPiana, program and outreach coordinator; and Paul Lindenmuth, associate technical professor of criminal justice and co-faculty advisor of the program.

Pictured in second row, from left, are student mentors Sarah Borajkiewicz, Jonathan Buck, Kendall Schinski, Skyler Makuch, Molly McArdle, Katie Mosier, and Mark Decker.

Absent from photo are Katie Christman, Tyler McGuigan, Nicola Montoni, Jordan Perdue, and Chantelle Wilkins.