Eight Week CurriculumMinimize


Week 1. See the Situation Clearly
Reviews how emotions can affect our decision-making process and how each youth is a unique individual that can affect the way they perceive situations.
Week 2. Know What You Want
Youth are taught how to make short-range, mid-range and long-range goals and how to develop strategies towards reaching these goals.
Week 3. Expand the Possibilities
Teaches youth to brainstorm ideas about the many possibilities that are out there for them.
Week 4. Evaluate, Decide, & Act
Looks at possibilities and how to evaluate them, then learn to make decisions and carry them through, considering risks, odds, and outcomes.
Week 5. Accountability / Consequences
Examine different types of decisions (harmful, irrevocable, limiting, contingent) and prioritize with discussion of values, incorporating positive and negative consequences.
Week 6. Team Building
Learn the importance of teamwork (respect, trust, compromise, & sharing).
Week 7. Parent's Night
Parents receive resource information while youth prepare an interactive Jump – Start presentation.
Week 8. Community Panel Night
Community representatives demonstrate to the youth how their behavior not only affects themselves, but the entire community.
What is a Mentor?Minimize

A MENTOR is an adult volunteer who is willing to be partnered with one juvenile during the eight-week decision-making/life skill-building program held at the York Police Department. A MENTOR must be willing to share a little of him/her self and be willing to listen in a non-judgmental, non-confrontative way. MENTORS are not “Big Brothers/Sisters” or counselors. They are never alone with the youth and use first names only to ensure confidentiality. All program sessions occur in a group setting and are led by officers of the York Police Department or other trained facilitators.

Mentor Responsibilities:
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Assist the youth during class and solicit feedback on lessons
  • Assist youth in developing goals
  • Support youth in self-esteem issues
  • Report to the York Police facilitators, any indications of drug/alcohol abuse, child abuse, sexual abuse, neglect or any other issue the  would have a negative effect on the youth.
  • Assist the youth with program rules and requirements, such as community service, restitution obligations, letters of apology and participation
  • Agree that all mentoring is conducted on-site and all contact will occur within the Jump-Start sessions.

For More Information Contact

School Resource officer
Jamie R. Rooney

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