Operation Positive Direction


In 2009 the Orlando Police Department established a youth mentoring program, Operation Positive Direction. This program seeks out middle and high school students who face social, economic and academic challenges in an effort set them on successful paths for their future. The program includes mentoring, tutoring, community service, goal setting and incentives for success.

Operation Positive Direction assigns one police officer per student to mentor and monitor their success.  Students participate in a variety of community service and life skills events monthly.  Some of our activities to date include painting homes for senior citizens, a life management class, an etiquette class, visiting senior citizens in nursing homes and educational tours.  We have a variety of events planned that focus on positive development of our teens.

We are committed to our youth and we want to positively change the course of their lives.  We need support from the community to accomplish great things and create positive influences for our future leaders.

Mentor a Child

Mentors are asked to meet with a student one time a week for 30-40 minutes, for a one year commitment. In addition, the mentor will be expected to participate in New Mentor Training prior to the first student meetings and activities throughout the year.

Become a mentor

Sponsor an Event

If you have an event idea that will introduce our youth to new "life skills" or would like more information, please contact Officer Takela Young at takela.young@orlando.gov.


Make a Financial Contribution

If you will like to make a financial contribution to Operation Positive Direction, please send to:
Orlando Police Department
Operation Positive Direction, Youth Mentoring Program
P.O. Box 913- Orlando, FL 32802-0913
Attn: Officer Takela Young
You can also make an online contribution. Make sure to include Operation Positive Direction as the purpose of donation.