"Gus Papageorge," whom you'll soon meet in this report, is the pseudonym for a retired leatherworker who tries to help youthful offenders find jobs and get established in society. His method is simple and direct: he talks to the kids, spends time with them, opens his own life to them. "Give [the kid] your telephone number," he says. "If he gets in trouble, tell him, 'Let me know what's happening, maybe I can be a help."'
Freedman, Marc, "Partners in Growth: Elder Mentors and At-Risk Youth" (1998). Intergenerational. 41.