Disproportionate Mentoring Collaborative
Connecting resources. Creating change. Reducing contact.
The Disproportionate Mentoring Collaborative (DMC) is an effort by Family Resource Center of Raleigh, Inc. on behalf of North Carolina’s Governor’s Crime Commission to reduce the level of disproportionate contact between youth of color referred to the juvenile justice system. The DMC is responsible for mentoring and encouraging collaboration among local organizations and institutions considered points of contact that will focus on increasing support and services to divert youth from juvenile justice, building community partnerships, including families in shared decision making, and establishing a self-evaluation process to assess implementation of strategies and other system reforms directed to reducing disproportionate minority contact.
Disproportionate Minority Contact is an issue identified as the overrepresentation of of a minority group at the various points of contact in the juvenile justice system, as compared to that minority group’s representation in the general population. For instance, if African American youth account for only 27% of a county’s youth population, but also account for 50% of the juvenile complaints filed, then you have disproportionate minority contact.
The Family Resource Center of Raleigh, Inc.’s goals in leading the Disproportionate Mentoring Collaborative (DMC) are to:
- Enhance positive relationships between juveniles, families, juvenile justice practitioners and other constituent groups of contact to raise awareness of Disproportionate Minority Contact.
- Foster collaborative efforts to implement community based strategies that are culturally responsive to address the needs of youth in reducing Disproportionate Minority Contact.
The Disproportionate Mentoring Collaborative will seek to:
- Engage with a multi-disciplinary group in the identified jurisdictions in critical change activities,
- Support an environment in which core strategies can be developed and tested,
- Train and develop a cadre of leaders across the community who are working towards solutions,
- Recruit and sustain partnerships to advance the work, and
- Disseminate lessons learned.
The DMC will serve NC’s judicial districts 7, 10, and 11 which are comprised of the following counties:
Derrick W. Byrd, MPA