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Mentor program aims to help youth
Lucy Shaw has seen some troubled children.

Working with the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, or DARE, for 10 years gave her the experience and know-how to reach youngsters.

Now, she's started a new and different program to help navigate youth out of rocky waters.

The Positive Mentor Program, which kicked off a month ago, aims to help youth who feel trapped in drug-related situations.

"We want to help guide young people to the right side and keep them on the right side," said Shaw, supervisor and communications officer for the Glynn County Police Department.

Eight youth are currently participating in the program. There is no maximum limit, Shaw said.

Children who are brought to Shaw or another officer by either a parent or concerned adult will be admitted into the program, she said.

Certain characteristics of children in the program include low self-esteem, anger issues, getting into trouble with police and bad grades in school.

Shaw hopes improvement can be made in the child's life regardless of the situation.

Children are allowed to participate in the program up to age 17.

"We're not just about drug awareness," Shaw said. "We try to promote positivity in children regardless of their problem."

Shaw, other officers and concerned parents, as well as other community adults, meet once a week to discuss the progression of children, different ways to help them and the development of community activities for them.

Plans call for bringing in motivational speakers to inspire youth in the program to think about doing things they never thought they could.

"This program is an extension of what I've already done with D.A.R.E.," Shaw said. "I've always cared about children."

* Reporter Martin Rand III covers local news. Contact him at mrand@thebrunswicknews.com, on Facebook, or at 265-8320, ext. 324.



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