Sheriff's Junior Sheriff Mentoring Program
2023 NACo Achievement Award Winner
Cook County, Ill., IL
Best In Category
About the Program
Category: Children and Youth (Best in Category)
The Sheriff's Junior Sheriff Mentoring program aims to improve the quality and quantity of mentoring relationships between our youth and peace officers. This program seeks to create a healthy, more connected relationship with law enforcement that will ultimately have a powerful positive effect on our youth. We seek, through this program to develop strong, confident youth that respect themselves and others. This unique program is designed to promote civic engagement participation for students in 4th-8th grades. Traditional explorer programs or police athletic leagues are designed for high school students, and they typically seek to introduce law enforcement careers. On the other hand, the Junior Sheriff Mentoring programâs goal is to expose students to resources and active civic engagement participation at a young age. This program began in November 2019 and has engaged 88 students at Catalyst Circle-Rock Charter school.