Mentorship Program

Courts must strike balance between TREATING the “justice involved veteran” and PROTECTING the community. Mentors will play a role on the team in striking that balance.

 What is the role of the Mentor?

Unique, Complex, Critical!

Mentors provide resources or links to resources. They provide time. They help the veteran engage the various support systems and obtain the help they need.  The justice-‐involved veteran has to navigate the court, their treatment, their life issues, and the VA. You can help them communicate their needs and issues and play a role in ensuring your veteran gets the help they need.  75% of the role is JUST BEING A FRIEND!

The mentoring program is an essential and vital part of any veterans’ treatment court. Experience has shown that veterans were more likely to respond more favorably with another Veteran than with others who did not have similar experiences. Veterans, when talking with other veterans, would be more relaxed and less tense about their situation. This change in demeanor makes a deeper impact on the lives of the veterans.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Attend court sessions when scheduled
  • Participate in and lead mentoring sessions with veterans when assigned by the Judge.
  • Be supportive and understanding of the difficulties veterans face.
  • Assist the veterans as much as possible to resolve their concerns around the court procedures as well as interactions with the Veteran’s Administration system.

Requirements:

  • Be a veteran of one of the branches of the United States Military, including the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, or their corresponding Reserve or Guard branches
  • Adhere to all of the LCVTC policies and procedures
  • Commit to program participation for a minimum of six months
  • Complete the required training procedures
  • Participate in additional trainings throughout time of service as may be required

Desirable Qualities:

  • Willing listener
  • Encouraging and supportive
  • Tolerant and respectful of individual differences

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