6 months can have a lifetime impact on an 18 year old who's just left foster care. Our youth are at a precipice in their lives that can land them in jail, pregnant without support, or addicted to hard drugs. With your help, we want to guide them to safe shores and wise decisions.
Once you have completed the mentor training night, there are only three steps to completing the mentor program as a volunteer.
Commitment of a Mentor
1. Attend Connect Nights to meet a youth that you would like to spend more time with.
2. After establishing a connection with said youth, commit to a monthly lunch date for the next 6 months.
3. Over those 6 months, check in with the youth weekly in the method most natural for your relationship. Some mentors communicate through facebook messenger, texting, phone calls, or even a weekly coffee date.
The end goals of our Mentor Program
1. Assist our youth in establishing a healthy social network, surrounding themselves with people that will build them up and walk with them to reach their goals.
2. Discuss and establish next steps for the youth. We want to teach each youth how to plan for the future they want.
3. Share your story! A large part of breaking down the orphan mentality starts with offering different perspectives. Like the Bible says, we overcome by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony!
We started this program so our youth never have to worry about being alone on the major holidays. Life on your own is hard enough without family or traditions to celebrate. Our volunteers can sign up to host tech holiday, set up decorations, or simply help drive youth to the events.
If you're interested in serving our youth but need a smaller time commitment, this team is for you! Every quarter, we pick 3 youth to spoil. We split up into teams of 2, carpool to their home, and help clean out/organize their pantry and fridge. Then we help them make a meal plan and budget for one month's worth of groceries. Now for the fun part, we take them grocery shopping! After that we go back to their house and unload groceries with them. This type of shoulder-to-shoulder work is empowering for this demographic and helps to build sustainable habits for their pantry.
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