Through a mentoring relationship, caring adult volunteers and participating “at risk” youth make a commitment of time and energy to each other. These relationships are devoted to personal, academic and career development resulting in social, athletic and artistic growth. Historically, out-reach programs have been based in schools, churches or the courts and have focused only on careers or hobbies. However, studies have shown that one-to-one mentoring is very effective as a delinquency prevention strategy.
Suffolk County P.A.L. will use its newly developed mentoring programs to reduce alcohol and drug use, increase school attendance and grade level, build self esteem and reduce the incidence of hate crime.