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Mentoring Program Targets 9th Graders

Mentoring Program Targets 9th Graders

Fifty-five rising high school students recently attended the latest installment of Camp Confidence at the N.C. Bar Center in Cary, home of the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) and the North Carolina Bar Foundation (NCBF).

Camp Confidence, a mentoring program conducted by the Town of Cary Police Department, has been hosted by the Law-Related Education Department of the NCBF since 2013. Three sessions, including last week’s event for girls (photos) and the recent event for boys (photos), are conducted each summer and more than 300 students have participated.

The program is designed to develop and encourage positive interactions between police officers and young people while teaching valuable life skills in a fun, interactive environment. Camp Confidence is geared toward rising ninth graders who are getting ready to start an important journey and begin their high school careers.

Activities include lessons on Internet safety, conflict resolution and exposure to future career and college options. The activities are organized and supervised by the Police Department's School Resource Team.

Financial support for Camp Confidence was provided by the NCBF Endowment.