LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (May 3, 2013)--Tusty ten Bensel is loking for persons interested in becoming more than volunteers – she is looking for mentors who can change lives.
Ten Bensel, an assistant professor in UALR’s Criminal Justice Department, is program coordinator for a federal initiative that identifies and reintegrates high-risk youths back into the community by pairing carefully selected mentors with them.
The project is in its seventh year of helping young offenders through the Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative, or SVORI. All SVORI youth are between ages 14 and 21.
The Arkansas Division of Youth Services (DYS) has partnered with UALR’s Criminal Justice Department and other community-based service providers, as well as local and state agencies, to assist the youths.