Mentoring Girls in Juvenile Facilties: Connecting College Students With Incarcerated Girls

Kristi Holsinger, University of Missouri - Kansas City

This paper presents the results of an effort to enlist college students to act as pro-social supportive mentors for incarcerated girls. Beyond the unique experience and learning opportunity this class would provide the students, one goal was to provide beneficial, one-on-one relationships to girls placed in a residential correctional facility. The paper addresses issues and challenges in the development and implementation of this undergraduate criminal justice class. A discussion of the impact of the mentoring experience on the college students and the incarcerated girls is included.

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