UC Merced's Police Mentor Program is challenging minds and changing lives, one student at a time.  

The Police Mentor Program recruits a maximum of 20 UC Merced students to mentor and tutor fourth grade students so they can achieve their dreams. Mentors serve as a positive role model for at-risk youth in Merced. The Police Mentor Program offers acceptance and opportunities the youth may not otherwise be able to access. Student mentors and other role models invest their time and attention in order to help change the outcome of their future by providing a positive alternative to a street gang lifestyle. The program opens doors to higher education, which many elementary school students don't know exist.