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Mentorship program showing signs of success in Monroe County

Updated: Friday, August 22 2014, 12:22 PM EDT
MONROE COUNTY, Ohio – A juvenile court program in Monroe County is showing signs of success in what one local judge dubs a, "Big Brother, Big Sister" concept .
It’s a volunteer mentorship program in which young people are referred through the county's juvenile court and the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District.
"This gives the juvenile an opportunity to broaden their horizons and see there are other things out there than what they may have been experiencing in the past," Monroe County Juvenile court Judge Clifford Sickler said.
Sickler said adult mentor candidates are interviewed, given a background check, and then juveniles are matched with a mentor for a 6-month period.
"We do some interviews in terms of trying to place a certain individual with a certain juvenile, trying to match the personalities or interests," Sickler said.
At the very least, these role models are required to provide tutoring each week, submit monthly activity logs and just stay in contact with their mentee.
But Sickler said volunteers go above and beyond, giving kids an opportunity to see outside the box.
"It's a Big Brother, Big Sister-type concept and the results have been very good," Sickler said.
Sickler said program coordinators are recruiting, looking for eligible adult role models to lend a hand, and perhaps help shape a life.
Anyone interested in this opportunity is asked to contact the Monroe County Juvenile Court.

Mentorship program showing signs of success in Monroe County

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