Save Our Youth, Inc.
- Children & Youth
- Education & Literacy
Location3443 W. 23rd Ave.Denver, CO 80211 United States
Save Our Youth is a youth development organization providing at-risk youth with educational, emotional, and spiritual skills for success through long-term mentoring relationships. Our focus is on developing the whole mentee, through one-on-one mentoring with a caring adult. Every mentor is assigned a mentoring specialist (case manager) to help them be successful. Mentors are asked to commit to one year and 1-3 hours of time a week with their mentee. Mentors have the freedom and flexibility to create their own schedule with their mentee. Our goal is to empower youth to become healthy, confident individuals who can contribute to their community and society at-large. The youth involved in Save Our Youth all ask to get matched with a mentor. They are asking for help. Every youth has permission from their parent/guardian to take part in a mentoring relationship under the supervision of Save Our Youth staff. Mentor matches get the opportunity to participate in large group events throughout the year including an annual Back2School event, graduation celebration for high school and college graduates, and a Christmas party. Youth who are actively matched have the opportunity to participate in a 5-week Summer Academy which gives them the chance to fill in their academic gaps in math and language arts. Student who participate in Summer Academy return to school better prepared for academic success in the classroom. Any student going into their Senior year is encouraged to participate in our Career Prep program. This assists students in preparing for college entrance by helping them complete college and scholarship applications and personal assessments. Those students who do move on to college are supported through a College Scholars program.
Healthy individuals who are at least 21 years of age who are willing to give of their time and energy. Men and women who care about youth and who are able to be consistent in setting up weekly times to meet. The role of a mentor is to be a coach (help them be successful), teacher ( give them opportunities to learn new things), and a role model (help them understand how to communicate openly and honestly). A mentor comes alongside of a struggling youth in order to help them determine how they can have a better future for themselves. They are open to listen and encourage a youth and give them a sense of hope. Our youth often say, "My mentor is my best friend." They also look forward to doing fun activities with their mentor and learning new things.