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Our Mentors are instrumental in fulfilling Our House’s goal of propelling youth to reach their full potential and equipping them with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to function independently and contribute to society. They must possess a sincere desire to be personally involved with another person to help him or her achieve personal and career goals. Mentors will develop supportive relationships with foster care youth participating in the Our House programs and aid them through emotional support and social and recreational development. The Mentor provides caring companionship to supplement the work of parents, teachers, counselors, social workers and other social services and education professionals.
Each Mentor will be provided with initial training before working with youth and ongoing support throughout the program. The average Mentor will put in approximately 6 to 12 hours each month in services to our youth. This commitment may come in larger or smaller doses, but the Mentor must be consistent. While Mentors may serve longer than one year, the minimum expectation of any Mentor will be one year.
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
111 S. Wallace Blvd., Ypsilanti, MI 48197, US
Our House provides support and resources to Washtenaw County youth aging out of foster care as they transition to adulthood so they become successful, self-sufficient and can live independently with confidence.
Our House’s current focus is on two areas of support that can be a lifeline to youth aging out - a Mentoring and Life Skills Program and a Semi-independent Living Program.
The Mentoring & Life Skills Program will create opportunities for youth aging out to (1) develop a lasting support network, and (2) build practical living skills. Currently, high unemployment rates affect a youth’s job opportunities. Further, 25% of youth will be incarcerated within 2 years of emancipation. Building strong support networks and interpersonal relationships will help youth successfully navigate these challenges.
Sixty-five percent of youth leaving foster care need immediate housing and within 18 months of emancipation 40-50% of youth become homeless. The Semi-independent Living Program will allow youth to learn and practice independence within a supportive structure, increasing the odds of success as they transition to independent living.
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111 S. Wallace Blvd.YpsilantiYpsilanti, MI 48197
July 8, 2019