Mentors Care to Partner with Ellis County Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program in January

We are excited to announce Mentors Care will be serving the Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program of Ellis County starting January 1, 2022.

Serving the Ellis County Juvenile Board, Co-chairs Hon. Judge Cindy Ermatinger 443rd District Court and Hon. Judge William Wallace 378th District Court., also serving on the board are Hon. Todd Little, Ellis County Judge, Hon. Bob Carroll, 40th District Court, Hon Jim Chapman, County Court at Law No. 1, Hon. Gene Calvert, County Court at Law No. 2, Hon. Joe Gallo, County Court at Law No. 3.

Judge Cindy Ermatinger, Co-Chair of the Ellis County Juvenile Board. “So excited that Mentor’s Care will be joining us at our Ellis County JJAEP  in January 2022.  Mentors Care will be a great addition to our program for the students. “

Mentors Care will be serving under the guidance of Juvenile Probation Officer Chief Chelsie Smith & JJAEP Administrator Darren Robinson.

The purpose of the JJAEP of Ellis County is to give juvenile offenders  a second chance to make better choices and continue pursuing educational opportunities before re-integration into a normal classroom setting.  These students are our heart at Mentors Care, what an opportunity to serve along side JJAEP of Ellis County bringing loving adults to mentor one-to-one using curriculum to mirror the mission of JJAEP.

Local school districts of Ellis County have been running alternative education programs such as Waxahachie ISD’s Challenge Academy and Midlothian ISD’s LEAP Academy, which is distinct from WISD’s LEAP Academy for training aspiring administrators.

Recent enrollment growth in general in the county has caused the alternative education programs in our schools to fill, taxing district resources.

Without these programs, the only other alternative is either suspension or expulsion out of school, which educators say is the last resort because it leaves potentially dangerous individuals unsupervised in educational settings.

Dena Petty, “The students at JJAEP will have the opportunity to have a loving adult mentor meeting with them each week while in school using @Talking Points curriculum to guide the student to understand the importance of an education & graduate, discuss topics dealing with what character traits it will take to be a successful adult, discover gifts and talents and guide them toward thinking about a future full of hope.  Serving these students are our heart and we are very excited to begin Jan. 1, 2022 ”.

Pictured at the JJAEP of Ellis Co. facility located in Waxahachie, Tx is (left to right) Tom Moore, Chairman of the Board of Mentors Care, Dena Petty, Director and Founder of Mentors Care and Darren Robinson, JJAEP Administrator

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