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OJJDP Administrator Discusses Prevention Strategies at National Mentoring Summit

February 12, 2014

Mentoring Works logoOn January 30, 2014, OJJDP Administrator Robert L. Listenbee participated in a plenary session on mentoring and other strategies for preventing youth from becoming involved with the juvenile justice system. The panel, “Mentoring’s Role in Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline,” took place at the National Mentoring Summit in Arlington, VA. Listenbee touched on various topics, including the Justice and Education Departments’ Supportive School Discipline Initiative—an effort to address harsh and exclusionary school disciplinary policies and in-school arrests that push youth out of school and into the justice system. He also emphasized OJJDP’s longstanding commitment to mentoring, the importance of diverting youth from the system and confinement, and the importance of providing trauma-informed care for those youth who become involved in the system.

Resources:

Watch the panel discussion.

Read MENTOR’s “The Mentoring Effect: Young People’s Perspectives on the Outcomes and Availability of Mentoring.”

Access OJJDP’s mentoring resources and read the Office’s new report on mentoring children of incarcerated parents.

Additional mentoring resources are available from the National Criminal Justice Reference Service.