OJP is a federal mentoring program in which provides three forms of mentoring. Traditional one-
to-one mentoring, group mentoring, and peer mentoring. We encourage youth to sign up and
engage in OJP so they can understand the impact of conversations and activities that pertain to
their everyday lives. Therefore with our youth being at risk for delinquent behavior by their
neighborhoods, and social economic outcomes. Mentors are caring individuals who, along with
parents or guardians, guide young people with emotional support, counsel, friendship,
reinforcement and a constructive example in a structured and trusting relationship. A study
published by Child Trends in 2002 reported that youth who have mentors experienced fewer
unexcused absences from school, were less likely to abuse drugs and also demonstrated more
positive attitudes, compared to youth who don’t have this positive role model, and are more
likely to engage in delinquent behavior. Data shows that mentored youth have greater confidence
in their schoolwork and improved academic performance.