Mentoring is a well-documented and effective strategy in positive youth development and our program implementation is dictated by best practices, according to national research. Our specific objectives of these long-term, mentoring relationships is to:
- Promote positive youth development
- Increase self-esteem and self-confidence
- Prevent juvenile delinquency and drug use
- Provide support for abuse/neglect victims
- Enhance academic achievement
Once a suitable Senior Partner is found for the Junior Partner, they are "matched," and their partnership can begin. Our partnerships spend a minimum of three hours a week together for a year. After the initial year, the partnership can go three ways. The partnerships can become a member of our alumni (adhere to another Partners Mentoring Youth year contract), continue the partnership without Partners, or end the partnership entirely.
To support and help build partnership chemistry, we provide partnerships with structured recreational activities, life-skill seminars, and community service opportunities.
Community-based Senior Partners must be over 21 years old.
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Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 21
- Orientation or Training
- An average of three hours a week for a year