Adolescent Mentoring Program (AMP)
Disclaimer: All AMP forms should be physically returned to Jefferson County Family Court or mailed. Please complete your forms online only and refrain from saving any form to your computer or submitting your forms electronically (via email), as it is an insecure means of data transmission. Thank you.
Please return or mail all forms to:
AMP Program Administrator
120 2nd Court North
Birmingham, AL 35204
The Jefferson County Family Court Adolescent Mentoring Program (AMP) is a collaborative effort between UAB and Family Court that provides a one-on-one relationship between high-risk youth and caring adults in order to reduce the youthís further involvement in the court system, enhance family functioning, and increase commitment to education/employment. Youth ages 11-18 years, residing in Jefferson County, are referred to AMP by their probation Officers. Services are provided at no cost to the youth and are 100% funded through a Alabama Department of Youth Services Grant.
AMPís mission is to reduce juvenile delinquency by facilitating the creation of one-on-one relationships between high-risk youth and caring adults that are consistent and long lasting allowing the youth to make positive life choices that enable them to maximize their personal potential.
- Reduce juvenile delinquency and gang participation
- Improve academic performance
- Reduce school drop-out rates
- Develop strategies to recruit and maintain mentors serving hard-to- reach populations
The Mentor Commitment
Mentors will see youth a minimum of 2 hours per week, including one face-to-face contact and one phone contact. Biweekly contact with program case manager is also required and all mentors are asked to complete a six-month commitment. The mentors will act as role models for the youth providing them with support, encouragement, advice, and opportunities to gain new skills and experiences.
Mentor Eligibility Requirements
- Be at least 21 years of age (Be at least 19 years of age to participate in group mentoring and 21 years of age to participate in individual mentoring)
- Have never been accused, arrested, charged, or convicted of child abuse or molestation
- Have a clean criminal history for a period of seven years prior to application
- Not be a user of illicit drugs
- Not use alcohol or controlled substances in an excessive or inappropriate manner
- Not have a child currently involved in Jefferson County Family Court
- Must have reliable transportation, valid driverís license, and current auto insurance
It is the policy of AMP to allow mentors to transport mentees in their own private vehicles. The program administrator must ensure that all mentors meet the following criteria prior to transporting the mentee:
- All mentors must own a car or have access to reliable insured transportation; all safety equipment including blinkers, lights, brake and back-up lights, seat belts, tires, and brakes must be in good operating condition.
- All mentors must possess a valid driverís license and present proof of auto insurance; a record of insurance will be maintained in the mentorís file and will be updated on an annual basis.
- All mentors must undergo a driving record check. Eligibility will be determined based on results.
- AMP requires that mentors obey all traffic laws, and use seat belts and headlights at all times.
- Mentors must also avoid taking medication or using any other substances that might impair their ability to drive.
- If an accident occurs while the mentor is engaged in mentoring, it should be reported to the program administrator promptly.
- A copy of the menteeís health insurance information will be in the menteeís case file in case of emergency
- Personal fulfillment through contribution to the community and individuals
- Satisfaction in helping someone mature, progress, and achieve goals
- Training sessions and group activities
- Mileage and expenses are tax deductible
- Personal ongoing support, supervision to help the match succeed
- Mentee/mentor group activities and participant recognition events
- Monthly stipend of fifty dollars
- All timesheets must be submitted on time in order to receive monthly stipend
Application and Screening Process
- Written application
- Driving record check
- Criminal history check: state, child abuse and neglect registry, sexual offender registry
- Personal interview
- Provide three personal references
- Attend mentor training
AMP is an equal opportunity program. Minorities and Women are encouraged to apply
To become a mentor with AMP contact:
Travať Griffith - Case Manager
264-8161 or firstname.lastname@example.org
LaRhonda Scott - Program Administrator
264-8185 or email@example.com