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ORGANIZATION: A Place Called Home

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"As mentors, you’re planting a seed that may not take root for years. But let me tell you, when it does, the benefits are undeniable." - Former First Lady Michelle Obama, National Mentoring Summit (2011)

What is the L.I.F.E. Mentoring Program?

A Place Called Home's (APCH) L.I.F.E. Mentoring Program is a community based mentoring program established in 2013 to match APCH youth members with caring, supportive, and meaningful one-to-one mentoring relationships. The L.I.F.E. Mentoring Program helps young people in South Central Los Angeles between the ages of 14-17 find guidance and support for personal and professional development, establish healthy relationships, and build positive habits that will last a lifetime.

LIFE Mentors are adult volunteers committed to dedicating mentorship to a young person at APCH for a minimum of one year, but can vary depending on the mentee’s year in school.

Program Requirements:

  • Must be at least 21 years or older
  • APCH requires all volunteers and visitors who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to be fully vaccinated and boosted with a COVID-19 vaccine series and to submit proof to APCH staff
  • Reside in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
  • Be willing to adhere to all program policies and procedures
  • Be willing to complete the application and screening process such as orientation, training, APCH youth development training, etc.
  • Be dependable and consistent in meeting the time commitments
  • Attend a mentor orientation and training sessions as prescribed
  • Be willing to communicate regularly (monthly) with program staff, submit activity information, and take constructive feedback regarding mentoring activities
  • Have access to an automobile, auto insurance, driver’s license, and a good driving record
  • Have a clean criminal history
  • No use of illicit drugs
  • No use of alcohol or controlled substances in an inappropriate manner
  • Have technology and internet access to participate in virtual engagements
  • Participate in a formal interview (in some cases, multiple interviews) with mentoring staff members to receive a better understanding on how the individual could be as a mentor to an APCH member
  • Complete a mandated reporter training annually that can be completed virtually and self-paced
  • Complete a references check
  • Not currently an APCH Staff Member

For more information on how to start your journey as a mentor at APCH, contact us at lifementoring@apch.org. We look forward to welcoming you home!

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About A Place Called Home

Location:

2830 South Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90011, US

Mission Statement

At A Place Called Home, our mission is to inspire, encourage, and support the young people in South Los Angeles to achieve social, emotional, and economic success.

Description

A Place Called Home first swung open its doors in 1993 - a year after the LA Unrest, amidst a crime epidemic that rendered the streets of South Central unsafe for its children of any age. APCH’s mission was simple, but wrought with challenges: to provide gang-affected youth of South Los Angeles with a safe haven away from the life-threatening dangers and temptations of the streets.

Since then, a dynamic, multi-service youth and community center has evolved and grown on the corner of South Central Ave and 29th Street. For 30 years, A Place Called Home has been serving South Central youth ages eight to mid-twenties and their families through education and arts programs, mental health counseling, mentorship, job readiness, college scholarships, civic engagement, and more. At our core, we are still a place where young people who face tremendous challenges can experience the safety, joy, and opportunity that should be a part of every childhood.

CAUSE AREAS

Arts & Culture
Children & Youth
Community
Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Community

WHEN

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WHERE

Multiple locations Los Angeles, CA 90011

(34.00789,-118.25851)
 

SKILLS

  • Child Welfare
  • Mentoring
  • Child Development
  • Coaching
  • Youth Services
  • Relationship Building

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • Commit to mentoring for a minimum of one year, but not the maximum length. Minimum weekly communication (video chat, phone call or text) with youth mentee. Two monthly match outings (in-person or virtual – see below for more) for 3-4 hours each.
  • Minimum monthly communication (video chat, phone call or e-communication) with APCH L.I.F.E. Mentoring Program staff to share updates about their youth mentee and receive support and guidance on how to support your mentee.

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