Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rockland County and Spring Valley Justice David Fried introduce a new defendant mentoring initiative named PEDY (Prevention Efforts for Delinquent Youth) Program.
The program is held each Monday evening at the Martin Luther King Center in Spring Valley at 6 p.m. and run by Program Director Philippe Pierre.
The program’s mission is to provide youth, referred by the judiciary, between the ages of 16 and 25 years of age with a structured mentoring experience by encouraging and fostering acceptable pro-social behavior patterns, life skills and career preparedness as an alternative to unlawful, delinquent activities.
Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) matches children with volunteer adults. These adults spend at least four hours a month with their mentees.
BBBS is serving 362 children this year across all their programs. These children typically remain in a program until they reach 14 years of age.