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Mentoring Youth in Foster Care

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ORGANIZATION: UNDER ONE SKY VILLAGE FOUNDATION

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Our Mentorship program is a part of our year-long programming to provide support, care, and opportunity for young people in foster care.

As a mentor, you will:

  • Be matched with a child from age 8-18 to provide services for one entire year
  • Stay in contact with the child throughout the year, providing support through monthly visits
  • Spend time engaging in the child's interests, hold space for them, and maintain unconditional positive regard
  • Be trained in trauma-informed services and receive ongoing training relevant to your role as a mentor
  • Receive support with coordinating visits and supplemental services with caregivers and caseworkers so you can consistently show up for the child
Foster youth benefit from mentor services in the following ways:
  • Improved motivation
  • Enhanced psychological well-being and social/relational skills
  • Reduced feelings of loneliness and sadness
  • Positive outcomes in education and observed behaviors

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About UNDER ONE SKY VILLAGE FOUNDATION

Location:

PO BOX 18526, ASHEVILLE, NC 28814, US

Mission Statement

Under One Sky cultivates and supports enduring connections for youth in foster care through camps and self-discovery programming. Our Vision: Youth in Foster Care are seen, heard, and valued in NC.

Description

What We Do: U1S provides camps, one-on-one mentoring, and wrap-around supportive services for youth in foster care throughout WNC.

"Under One Sky Camp is the only place where I can be myself and not fear judgment by other kids and adults for being in foster care." - 12 year-old participant

U1S has three umbrella programs: Camp (we host a mixture of weekend-long overnight camps and day camps through the months of April-December); Mentorship (every youth enrolled in Journey & Jr. camps is paired with a rigorously vetted and trauma-trained mentor who sees the youth twice monthly outside of camp; mentoring is also offered to non-camp youth in foster care at the request of their social worker or guardian); and Passages (focused on helping older teens aging out of the foster system build life skills like budgeting, building good credit, healthy cooking and lifestyle, education and scholarship planning, career goal setting, creating a safe living environment, feeling ownership of their life as they move toward adulthood, and much more.) At the start of each program year, the youth, social workers, and U1S staff create goals for each youth and progress is tracked after each interaction. Many youth request to return year after year.

CAUSE AREAS

Children & Youth
Race & Ethnicity
Children & Youth, Race & Ethnicity

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Multiple locations Asheville, NC 28801

(35.59275,-82.55646)
 

SKILLS

  • Youth Services
  • Mentoring
  • Child Welfare
  • Relationship Building
  • Child Development
  • Verbal / Written Communication

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • A minimum of one visit each month during the year of your contract. Some mentors interact with their mentees more regularly, like through weekly phone calls alongside their monthly visits. Mentors document each interaction with their mentee.
  • Training in trauma-informed care is provided by the organization.

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