Combating violence early through mentorships
BATON ROUGE - 2015 has gotten off to a violent start in the Baton Rouge area. There have been ten shootings in East Baton Rouge and Ascension Parishes alone in the past two weeks. There's a current movement that's trying to change that violent culture.
January is National Mentoring Month, and experts say mentoring is the most effective way to make an impact in the life of a child. That's why groups like 'Big Buddy' and the 'Boys and Girls Club' work so hard to create supportive relationships between kids and adults.
There are three factors that determine the successfulness of mentoring and help decrease juvenile crime during peak, after school hours:
1) Match kids with caring adults
2) Have high expectations for the child
3) Give them opportunities to experience success
According to Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore, it's a system that works.
"It's a small number of people that are committing the vast majority of our offenses, and if you're in a group and you're dealing drugs, you likelihood of killing or being killed increases by 900%," he told News 2's Rebecca Buchanan. "These kids are a small number and are high at risk for violence, so these are the kids we'd like to get involved in some kind of mentorship program."
Experts say getting kids involved in mentoring early is important, before they have a chance to become part of a violent culture.
Watch the video to learn more about local opportunities to get involved in mentorships as both a child and adult.