Mentor a Child who is Aging-Out of Foster Care - Mercer County, NJ
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Volunteers needed to work on a one-to-one basis with youth ages 14-up who would benefit by having the guidance of a caring adult. These include youth who are in (or aging-out of) the foster care system; youth who are not in the system but do not live with their biological parents; and also youth who identify as LGBTQ+ and have been kicked out of their homes by unsympathetic parents. Remember, the common factor in these groups is every single adult in the life of these youth has abandoned them. They need you to just be there-sometimes to guide, sometimes to smile, always to remind them that they are worthwhile. If you have room in your heart for a child, saving their life is a reward that will last forever. Training provided.
About AGE-OUT ANGELS FOUNDATION
9 CAMELIA CT, LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ 08648, US
Our mission is to build an army of volunteers with love in their hearts who are willing to be friend and guide to one youth who needs them. Age-Out Angels matches volunteer mentors with youth as they age-out of the foster care system to provide support, friendship, and guidance, thus enabling the youth to evolve into productive members of society. We train volunteers to guide youth toward a path where they can secure shelter, food, clothing, transportation, education, employment and more via programs that are already provided by the state. Unfortunately, many of these programs involves bureaucratic procedures and these youth need help to access these programs and maintain their benefits. The role of the volunteer is simply to help and support. There is NO adoption component to Age-Out Angels.
In 1992, Greg and Robin Rapport adopted their first of two wonderful children. During that process, the Rapports were introduced to the foster care systems. As their own children grew, Greg and Robin saw first-hand the difference that a stable, loving family makes in a child’s life.
The Rapports were particularly disturbed by the potentially horrendous plight of children who age-out of the foster system. They saw that these children often have few, if any, life skills that they can use to their advantage in the real world. Age-out children’s educational skills are frequently far below grade level, making it difficult for them to go to college or maintain meaningful employment. In many cases, these children are simply waiting to be victims. Their fate is frequently homelessness, incarceration, or death.
The Rapports are dedicated to being a positive force in the protection of children who may not have the parental support necessary to avoid the pitfalls that can swallow those who are young, naïve, and easy prey when not properly guided.
We'll work with your schedule.
108 N. Clinton AveTrenton, NJ 08609
- Child Welfare
- People Skills
- Problem Solving
- Youth Services
- People 55+
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 21
- Orientation or Training
- 2-4 hours per week
- Patience, patience, patience. Guide with a gentle hand. Love without judgement.