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Wassaf Shemyafeh Midterm Exam March 25 1999 Take-home Midterm Exam Part Two INTERVENTION In order to prevent children from growing up in environments that produce deviant behavior we can take certain crucial steps while they are still receptive to social molding Through the plan of intervention that I propose we are assured that the next generation of our societys children will not be plagued by the problems described by the theories of Labeling Differential Association Social Control and Strain The program I propose involves inserting highly-trained mentors into our elementary junior high and high schools The objective is to have these mentors or role models develop a personal relationship with their students and through that relationship they will provide the guidance support and counseling that each student requires As there are no funding limitations it is possible to have the abundant amount of mentors that is necessary With each mentor dedicated to his group of about 10 students an ample amount of time and attention is guaranteed to each student The mentor who must first pursue a college education in the areas of psychology sociology and child development as well as specialized mentor training will be well-suited and educated to help guide the children into good social standing Each mentor will first be introduced to their group of children at the beginning of each educational institution ie elementary school junior high high school and then stay dedicated to that group for the remainder of their stay at the institution The point of this aspect of the program is to provide time for the mentor and group to develop a trusting and respectful relationship hopefully a bond will develop between each member of the group as well as between each member and the mentor From the theory of Differential Association we learn that people are often pushed into deviant behavior as a result of the deviancy of the people around them bad
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