Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

Local News

July 31, 2013

Probation to fill mentoring need

While several area school districts offer mentoring programs, the Effingham County Probation Department is recognizing a need for a similar program under its jurisdiction.

"We have been recognizing a need for mentoring with some of our teens on probation," said Chief Probation Officer Cheryl Meyers. "We believe there are some things to be gained from having such a program."

The program would be funded with part of the $200,000 granted to the Fourth Judicial Circuit from the Illinois Juvenile Redeploy Initiative. Meyers sees her program as filling a gap that exists in the mentoring field.

"Unit 40 does not match mentors after a certain age," Meyers said. "So, we are looking at setting up some sort of program for older kids who come through our system."

Meyers said children as young as 12 or 13 are on probation in Effingham County.

Meyers added the program is ready for implementation.

"We're really beyond the talking stage," she said. "Our biggest concern is being able to fund the program for an extended period of time.

"The last thing we want to do is get a program started and then find out we don't have the money," she said. "We want to make sure these kids are being taken care of."

Meyers said she hopes to have a program in place by sometime next year. The program's annual budget, she said, would be about $25,000, enough to hire a part-time facilitator. She added that the Cra-Wa-La social service agency in Lawrenceville has offered to help sustain the program.

Effingham Unit 40 mentoring Coordinator Kim Varner said while Unit 40 cannot officially partner with the probation department, she endorses the probation department's efforts, particularly in cases where kids may need help beyond the scope of her program.

"Unfortunately, some kids need a more intensive program," she said. "I see my role as that of an encourager and cheerleader."

Varner likes how Meyers is approaching the new program.

"She is being very cautious and wise about it."

Bill Grimes can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 132, or bill.grimes@effinghamdailynews.com.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Man fatally shot in Pana standoff, officer wounded

    Illinois State Police(ISP) and Christian County Sheriff's Office are investigating a shooting that occurred on Tuesday, July 29, in rural Christian County that involved ISP SWAT, a Pana Police officer and an armed offender.

    July 29, 2014

  • City to determine contribution A request by Effingham Park District representatives for a million dollars to help construct the Richard E. Workman Sports and Wellness Center is being considered at a special Effingham City Council meeting this evening.Some commissioners questioned

    July 29, 2014

  • 7-29 Filming PRIMARY Effingham grad returns to make film Travis Long says he learned a lot from directing his first full-length feature several years ago.“Kill Me Now was a learning experience, both in shooting and distribution,” the 1998 Effingham High School graduate said.With a full production crew and

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • McCarter.jpg Some lawmakers donate pay

    Illinois lawmakers restoring their pay after years of furlough days has prompted some state representatives to give back to their communities — a move some local lawmakers call a political one.

    July 27, 2014 3 Photos

  • Distance learning catching on in area

    In what appears to be a growing trend among rural school districts, a third area school district may join an existing academic cooperative.

    July 27, 2014

  • Joshua Robison.jpg Opinion: God doesn't care about party affiliation

    Reflecting on what we politely refer to in this country as “political discourse,” I am often struck by how convinced many people seem to be that their sides' specific policies and personalities are the only way to save us all from utter ruin.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ron W.jpg Opinion: Column break just that -- a break

    ‘Hey, Ron. You didn’t have a column this week. What’s the deal? It’s the reason I buy a paper on Thursdays.”

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Isom.jpg Opinion: It's about time

    Finally, someone else speaks up and it’s about time.
    I applaud Ron Worman and welcome him to take a seat on my bandwagon. His addressing the proliferation of signs of every description, virtually everywhere one looks, is a welcome additional voice — even though rare.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Feds: Effingham County was meeting place for underage sex tryst

    An Ohio man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges that he traveled out of state to meet an underage person in Effingham County for sexual activity.

    July 25, 2014

  • Jail inmate attempts suicide

    An unscheduled cell check is credited for saving the life of an Effingham County Jail inmate who tried to hang himself early Thursday morning.

    July 25, 2014

AP Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.