You can be a positive influence in a homeless teen's life just by spending a few hours a week listening and providing guidance.
Many homeless youth lack supportive adults in their lives. HYC mentors provide positive relationships between caring adults and youth while offering guidance, a listening ear, and an experienced perspective on life. Mentors provide youths with the support they need to overcome academic and personal barriers and the encouragement to make positive and healthy life choices. Studies show that homeless youth who succeed despite personal, economic or social challenges often times do so because of a caring adult. The presence of a committed and competent role model for our students builds self-confidence and increases school success.
Mentors also help youth set attainable goals, map out plans to achieve those goals, and begin to successfully implement them. Most students want to go to college, enter the military or participate in a vocational training program. Working with the case managers, mentors help the youth create a plan to achieve their goals. In addition, mentors help the youth with basic life skills such as how to create a budget, options for housing after they finish high school and employment opportunities. HYC offers Life Skills classes and employment assistance. The mentor reinforces what the students learn in those classes and helps them apply this knowledge in the real world.
Typically mentors meet with their students for a few hours a couple of times a month. We encourage the mentor to attend the school visit when the youth meets with the case manager. This allows everyone to understand what the student is focusing on for that month, as well as what needs to be worked on and what are the goals.
All mentors participate in a training, complete a fingerprinting and background check and must provide references.
- Critical Thinking
- People Skills
- Youth Services
- Relationship Building
- Verbal / Written Communication
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Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 25
- Orientation or Training
- Minimum of a few hours a week.