FARMINGTON -- The Second District Juvenile Court has launched a volunteer mentor program in Davis County to benefit court-involved youth. The program -- Two Roads -- is named after Robert Frost's poem "The Road Not Taken."
Mentoring has proven to lower recidivism rates for court-involved youth, according to a court news release. Research has shown that volunteer mentors can play a powerful role in reducing drug abuse and youth violence as well as boost academic achievement.
The Two Roads program will pair a volunteer mentor with a low-risk, high-needs youth involved in juvenile court. Volunteers must be at least 21 years old and commit to six months as a mentor. In addition, volunteers are required to pass a strict screening process, which includes a background check, interview with program staff and mentor training.
A Two Roads program orientation and training session is planned for Aug. 30. Individuals interested in volunteering should call 2nd District Juvenile Court Program Coordinator Steven Jensen at 801-447-3969 or email email@example.com.