Orange County: Helping One Student to Succeed Mentor Program
2008 California State Association of Counties Merit Awards
Orange County was having a two-part problem: (1) a large percentage of youth were juvenile offenders with many as repeat offenders and (2) some elementary school students were suffering academically. A program was constructed to solve both problems, called Helping One Student To Succeed (HOSTS). This is a mentoring program that takes the juvenile offender and pairs him up with a student in need of tutoring. There was no added cost to the county or city to run this program. HOSTS has helped every person in the program. The students that are receiving the extra help have seen their grades improve and the offenders have felt a sense of purpose.