Y-NOW, the mentoring component of YMCA Safe Place Services, is recruiting volunteer mentors for the Fall cohort of our 2017/2018 Children of Prisoners program.
Y-NOW youth participants are 11-15, living in the Louisville metro area, with at least one incarcerated parent. The stigma of having a parent incarcerated means that these youth often feel shame, blame, fear, ridicule, and embarrassment. They typically struggle academically, and have a difficult time trusting adults. Studies show that children of prisoners more likely to become incarcerated themselves one day. We believe these youth deserve a chance to become productive members of our community. But we need your help to break the cycle.
Volunteer mentors are needed to take the time to listen and provide encouragement, support, and stability so that these youth might begin to create a future that is distinctly different from the past. Mentoring in the Y-NOW program is a great way to gain insight into the lives of today's youth and to connect with people from all over our community as it provides both one-on-one and group mentoring opportunities.
The 14th class of the Y-NOW Children of Prisoners Mentoring Program officially begins with training in September 2017, and continues through July 2018. No experience is needed, just heart and commitment.
- Child Development
- Crisis Intervention
- Relationship Building
- Youth Services
- General Education
Good Match For
People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 21
- Orientation or Training
- weekly commitment for 10 months
- Auto Insurance / Criminal Background Check / CAN Check