VETERANS EMPOWERING TEENS THROUGH SUPPORT®
(V.E.T.T.S.®) A Restorative Justice Mentoring Program
V.E.T.TS. is intended for urban youth whose level of functioning may put them at-risk for entering a residential level of care, disrupting their home, foster placement, or for youth that are currently in or being discharged from parole, probation, juvenile detention, incarceration, residential treatment facilities or any other highly restrictive environment. V.E.T.T.S. youth are provided with therapeutic interventions and support necessary to aid in successfully maintaining each youth in his or her home or community.
The program provides a supportive, one-on-one, therapeutic mentoring relationship with youth in their community. Providing the youth with a positive role model that offers support, guidance, strength, and reassurance. In addition, mentors encourage youth to explore recreational activities, career options, home and life skills, and supports development in emerging identity formation.
The role of the V.E.T.T.S. mentor is…
The above-and-beyond nature of the veteran’s commitment means that they are in constant contact with youth at any time. The V.E.T.T.S. mentor is on-call beyond the mentoring hours in order to manage any crisis with their mentees.
By involving adolescents in pro-social activities, youth are exposed to a host of new opportunities and experiences that can steer them in a direction that helps them become contributing members of society.
To assist at-risk youth in developing positive and supportive relationships within their home and the community.
To utilizing that relationship to affect positive change in the youth’s life choices.
Help youth to explore recreational activities, career options, academic support, home and life skills, and his or her emerging identity.
The program matches youth in challenging situations with a U.S. Military-trained, honorably discharged Veteran, who serves as a committed positive role model.
• Staff are in constant contact with youth throughout the
week, at any time 24/7/365
• Exclusively and solely hires US Military Veterans, providing
them with opportunities to build a work history and acquire
civilian workplace experience
• Staff undergo a highly structured interview and selection
process (including an extensive background check)
• Mentors are required to participate in a clinical training
program with licensed mental health providers, as well as
ongoing training and supervision
• Reduce juvenile crime and recidivism in most communities
• Improve school attitude (attendance, performance, post-
• Improve career attitude (interest, motivation for job-
• Reduce health-related concerns (substance abuse,
psychological stress, physical health)
• Increase pro-social recreational activities (clubs, hobbies,
• Improve life & social skills (budgeting, managing conflict,
reduced family discord)