CITY OF WACO,
COMMUNITY MENTORING FOR ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT
Community Mentoring for Adolescent Development (CMAD), a project of Baylor University provides a comprehensive mentoring initiative through the nationally recognized "Lighted School." Baylor University continues as a full partner in the community-based initiative comprised of the McLennan County Youth Collaboration/Communities in Schools, Inc., schools, businesses, and social services. CMAD's primary focus is reduction of the over-representation-of minority preadolescents entering the Juvenile Justice System. Junior high age youth on five WISD middle school campuses are served. CMAD addresses the value of good citizenship, the importance of staying in school and improving academic performance, the development of self-esteem,, appropriate social values, and self-accountability.
CMAD impacts at-risk middle school children, ages 12-14, who exhibit one or more of the following characteristics:
Since CMAD's inception, approximately 50,000 hours of volunteer service have been given by 180 Baylor University mentors serving over 350 at-risk middle school youth and their families.
Each year, pre-and-post observations are made of middle school participants in CMAD. The measures are in the following areas: School Attendance, Gang Involvement, Academic Performance, Delinquent Behavior, Conduct, and Effectiveness of Training Program. A positive impact on the lives of at-risk children and their families in McLennan county and reduction of the over-representation of minority pre-adolescents in the juvenile justice system is indicated by statistics for 1996-1997. CMAD participants exhibited a 76% increase in students with good attendance, 84% increase in students passing in their classwork, 60% decrease in students who were suspended from school, 82% increase in students who followed schools rules, and a 78% decrease in experimentation with alcohol or other drugs.
CMAD will continue to decrease juvenile crime impacting the lives of at-risk youth and their families. In partnership with the Governor's office, CMAD will continue to improve outcomes for children and enrich the community.
The United States Conference of Mayors
J. Thomas Cochran, Executive Director
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