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Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Adolescent Mentoring Program

Spearheaded by Dr. Tia Andersen, the department recently launched an adolescent mentoring program where students can be involved in an intensive helping relationship with youth at risk for school failure and involvement in the justice system. Students participate in the mentoring program by enrolling in CRJU591: Adolescent Mentoring.

Adolescent Mentoring Program

The course is facilitated by Dr. Tia Andersen. Her research interests are in girls' delinquency and programming and the intersections of race, class, and gender.

This is a writing intensive course and counts toward major and minor requirements in criminology and criminal justice. The first six weeks of the semester are spent preparing for quality service to at-risk youth. Classes during this period focus on training in effective methods of intervention with at-risk adolescents. Once this training is complete, the class focuses solely on mentoring and case responsibilities. Students are matched with students from Pair Education Center (PEC) with one class a week meeting at PEC. The time at PEC is spent helping assigned mentees identify development goals and build competence and character to reach those goals.

Prerequisites include CRJU351, orientation session attendance, completion of the Adolescent Mentoring Program application, and consent of the instructor.

Those interested in taking this course in the Fall of 2017, must attend a mandatory information session. Please email Dr. Andersen for more details (

For more information on the course, refer to the course flyer [pdf].


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