The program is geared for youths in the City of Slidell, ages eight through twelve, who are considered at risk children. The police officer’s will have bi-weekly contact, which will include: telephone calls, texts, fun activities, and attending sporting events. Monthly visits will include eating a meal together to create an environment where healthy discussions can take place, allowing an officer to provide guidance and encouragement. There will also be quarterly group activities with Chief Fandal and the Slidell Police Department’s command staff. These activities will include touring the police department and training facility, fishing, and other recreational activities. Participation in community activities will also be encouraged, and the mentors will keep the youth and their families informed of community events involving the Slidell Police Department.
Research shows that mentors can help young people achieve success and avoid negative behaviors. 59% of mentored teenagers earn better grades, 27% are less likely to begin using alcohol, and 52% of are less likely to skip school. Furthermore, youth with mentors have an increased likelihood of going to college, better attitudes toward school, increase social and emotional development and improved self-esteem. To find out more information on the KAP Program please contact Cliff Laigast, KAPs Coodinator @ 504-296-9982.