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Mentor a Youth in Foster Care

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ORGANIZATION: SAFE FAMILIES PLUS

  • 135 people are interested
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Each year, an estimated 25,000 youth across the U.S. emancipate or "age out" of the foster care system, and are at risk of having few adult supports or job opportunities. Safe Families PLUS (Providing Lasting Unconditional Support) Mentors are key partners in helping older youth successfully transition to adulthood. Mentors are paired with a youth or young adult between the ages of 14 to 21, and are expected to commit to at least a year of meeting on a consistent basis (twice per month). Mentors provide a safety net to fall back on after leaving the child welfare system.

All Safe Families PLUS mentees have completed an application requesting a mentor, and have identified goals they would like support in. Some of the activities our mentors have assisted youth with:
-Cooking and sewing classes
-Applying to college
-Seeing theater productions and movies
-Exploring job opportunities
-Learning how to drive

You can be the difference for one person to succeed!

Apply today:
https://www.safefamiliesplus.org/be-a-mentor

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About SAFE FAMILIES PLUS

Location:

4300 W Irving Park Road, CHICAGO, IL 60641, US

Mission Statement

Safe Families PLUS (Providing Lasting Unconditional Support) Mentors are key partners in helping older youth successfully transition to adulthood. Mentors are paired with a youth or young adult between the ages of 14 to 21, and are expected to commit to at least a year of meeting on a consistent basis. Mentors can serve as "anchor families" to youth, providing a safety net to fall back on after leaving the child welfare system.

Description

Safe Families PLUS, in conjunction with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), provides caring mentors to youth ages 14 to 21 as they transition to adulthood. Mentors come alongside the youth to provide them with support that endures. Through consistent, one-on-one contact, mentors help
youth explore their self-identity, talents, strengths, and career interests. These relationships expose them to new experiences.

CAUSE AREAS

Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth
Community
Advocacy & Human Rights, Children & Youth, Community

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

COOK COUNTYChicago, IL 60620

SKILLS

  • Child Welfare
  • Child Development
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Youth Services
  • Community Outreach
  • Relationship Building

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 25
  • Orientation or Training
  • Twice per month for at least one year.
  • Able to travel to or pick up the youth mentee from group home or foster home.

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