Mentoring ensures that a youth has at least one supportive person in their life that can encourage growth and development and serve as a connection to their community. Youth involved in the same mentoring relationship for a year or more reported improvements in school work and social relationships. Mentors can be instrumental in helping youth develop and can be both a challenging and comforting agent on a youth’s journey toward independence.
What is it? Mentors and mentees spend 1-3 hours per week engaging in fun, safe outings in the community. They are matched based on interest and are asked to commit to 12 months of involvement.
- This program is for youth ages 10-17
- Must be referred by a service provider (probation officer, therapist, school counselor, etc)
- Legal guardians must give consent for their youth to participate
- Youth must also make a commitment to participate in the program
What do youth get while in services?
Youth will be paired with a mentor who has similar interests and a similar communication style. Youth will spend 1-3 hours each week with their mentor, receiving guidance, companionship, and creating a healthy bond with an adult community member.
How do youth access/how do partners refer?
Step 1: Youth complete Mentee Interest Form
Step 2: Youth completes interview and application with Mentoring Program Coordinator (PYD Coordinator)
How to Become a Mentor
Jackson Street uses a model that builds strong relationships in the community. The success of our program is supported by setting clear expectations for mentors and youth, creating space and supporting parental/guardian involvement, and providing ongoing training for mentors. Many of our mentors are experienced in working with youth.
To become an approved Jackson Street Volunteer, contact our Volunteer Coordinator Bruce Piercy, firstname.lastname@example.org, to begin the process which will include a Mentor application, background check, and interview.
Training will include reading the Jackson Street Mentoring Handbook and completing a quiz. You will also be asked to attend a four-hour new mentor training within the first 6 months of being matched.