Veterans empowering teens through support


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V.E.T.TS.TM is intended for urban youth whose level of functioning may put them at-risk for entering a residential level of care, disrupting their home or foster placement, or for youth that are currently in or being discharged from parole, probation, juvenile detention, incarceration, residential treatment facilities or any other highly restrictive environment. V.E.T.T.S.TM youth are provided with therapeutic interventions and support, necessary to aid in successfully maintaining each youth in his or her home or community.


The program provides a supportive, one-on-one, therapeutic mentoring relationship with youth in their community. Providing an identified at-risk youth with a positive role model that offers support, guidance, strength, and reassurance. In addition, mentors encourage youth to explore recreational activities, career options, home and life skills, and supports development in emerging identity formation.



Matches at-risk youth with a U.S. Military-trained, honorably discharged Veteran, who serves as a committed positive role model.


  • Staff are in constant contact with youth throughout the week, at any time 24/7/365
  • Exclusively and solely hires US Military Veterans, providing them with opportunities to build a work history and acquire civilian workplace experience
  • Staff undergo a highly structured interview and selection process (including an extensive background check)
  • Mentors are required to participate in a clinical training program with licensed mental health providers, as well as ongoing training and supervision


Accomplished Outcomes:


  • Reduce juvenile crime and recidivism in most communities
  • Improve school attitude (attendance, performance, post-secondary aspirations)
  • Improve career attitude (interest, motivation for job-acquisition)
  • Reduce health-related concerns (substance abuse, psychological stress, physical health)
  • Increase pro-social recreational activities (clubs, hobbies, sports, exercise)
  • Improve life & social skills (budgeting, managing conflict, reduced family discord)

V.E.T.T.S.TM is a restorative justice mentoring program that partners honorably discharged military Veterans with "high risk" youth. Our restorative framework, advocates and promotes reconciliation, restoration, and rehabilitation. Providing youth the tools and confidence to make better life decisions.


Over the 4 years of the program, the recidivism rate has remained a low 10% compared to the national average of 55%.

"All of our humanity is dependent upon recognizing the humanity in others."


- Archbishop Desmond Tutu