The Direct Relationship of Mentoring, Positive Intervention, and Enhanced Youth-Police Engagement

Mentoring—investing time into encouraging and supporting someone else’s life, education, career, or professional development—is generally accepted to be a positive act that yields positive outcomes. However, it is not unusual for those who have not served as mentors to fail to realize the full scope of mentoring or the many roles in which individuals can engage with the process. In reality, there are many types of mentoring and many capacities in which one can serve as a mentor, and many individuals perform formal and informal mentoring daily without consciously realizing they are engaging in this type of process.