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UC Merced's Police Mentor Program helps to empower local youth to make positive life choices that enable them to maximize their potential.

The program is based on the National Mentoring Centers' mentoring model which is supported by the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention (OOJDP).The program utilizes UC Merced Trailblazers (student mentors) and adult volunteers who commit to supporting, guiding and befriending Junior Bobcats (mentees) for a period of at least one year. By becoming part of a social network of role models and community members who care, Trailblazers help youngsters develop and reach positive academic, career and personal goals.

Mentors Make a Difference

UC Merced student mentors take the lead in supporting a young person through an ongoing, one-on-one relationship. They serve as a friend and positive role model and build relationships by planning and participating in activities together. They strive for mutual respect while building self esteem and motivation. They help mentees set goals and work toward accomplishing them.