DETOUR Mentoring Program


For Justice-Involved Teen Girls

Depositing Empowerment Through Outreach and Urban Redevelopment (DETOUR) was created to help girls become successful in life. We provide weekly groups, mentoring and case management services to youth at risk of developing delinquent behaviors or who are currently involved in the juvenile justice system. The DETOUR Mentor Program, currently running in Unit 70 Kearny Mesa Detention Facility, places an emphasis on improving the self-esteem and self-awareness of justice-involved teen girls ages 13-18.

In partnership with Project Concern International (PCI), DETOUR also provides group mentoring for Justice-Involved girls in the community. The goal of this program is to build long-term sustainable relationships between girls and community members, which will assist in their transition back into society and promote family reunification.

Scope of Work

We support young women by enabling them to continuously work towards growth and development through conversation, activities, and empowerment seminars. We encourage them to gain the tools and experience needed to enrich their personal and professional lives to successfully transition back into their communities.

In addition, we recruit, train, and manage mentors to match with the Y.O.U girls during their commit. They receive weekly visits from their mentors, which continues into the community after their release. The goal of this program is to build long-term sustainable relationships between girls and community members, which will assist in their transition back into society and promote family reunification. Mentors come from diverse urban communities and backgrounds including business professionals, women in education, and those with lived experiences.

DETOUR staff focuses on building social and emotional skills through a trauma-informed approach. Our program is designed to decrease risk factors and increase protective factors to build resiliency in teen girls.

2018/19 JCCS Program Outcomes


75 Workshops Provided. What the Girls Say...
  • How would you rate this program overall? - 85% Excellent
  • Self-Esteem Increase - 77%
  • Better Communication Skills - 69%
  • Better Problem-Solving Skills - 75%
  • Expressing Feelings Better - 69%
  • Able to Identify Healthy Relationships - 92%

We served an average of 30 girls per month. What The Girls Say...
  • Learn new things about myself and have more confidence
  • Communicate with others, write my feelings, and improve myself
  • With my way of thinking positive
  • By boosting my self-esteem
  • To express my feelings differently
  • By giving me more motivation for the future
  • Identify healthy relationships

Empowerment Days include speakers from the community with lived experiences and care packages

Organization Contact


Joshlyn Turner
(619) 300-7125
Send Mail to info@detourempowers.org
404 Euclid Avenue, Suite 329 San Diego, CA 92114
www.detourempowers.org

If you would like to volunteer to mentor a justice-involved teen girl, please fill out the following form:

DETOUR Mentor Program Volunteer Form


If you would like to refer a justice-involved teen girl to our program, please fill out the following form:

DETOUR Mentor Program Participant Referral Form



Funded by:



PCI SDOE