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Expand the Asbury Park Police Cadet youth mentoring program

The Asbury Park Police Department’s Police Cadet program offers mentoring children ages 10-12. Participants create strong bonds with each other and with the police officers serving their community.

Asbury Park youth participate in the Cadet program
Supporting Data
of residents say they know a police officer they can go to for help

Data from 2017 Needs Assessment

of residents say mentoring programs would attract West Side youth

Data from 2017 Needs Assessment

Evidence-Based Research

“Mentoring programs for adolescents: a research summary”

Sipe L. C (2002). Journal of Adolescent Health. 31 (6), 251-260.


This summary reviews the research conducted on youth mentoring programs from the mid-1980s through the late 1990s. A number of studies have documented the varied benefits youth derive through participation in programmatic mentoring ranging from improved relationships to a reduction in the initiation of drug and alcohol use. Not all mentors or mentoring programs, however, are equally effective. Strategies that mentors use to foster the development of positive relationships and effective program practices, related to screening, training, and ongoing support are also discussed. Finally, some questions that remain to be addressed by the mentoring field are presented.

Evidence-based research was collected by Monmouth University

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