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Hope 4 Tomorrow

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Education & Literacy

Location

115 Mansell PlaceRoswell, GA 30076 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Do you want to make a positive difference in the life of a foster child? The Foster Care Support Foundation's Hope 4 Tomorrow (H4T) Mentoring Program is seeking caring volunteers to mentor youth that reside in foster care, group homes, or relative care. H4T is a one-on-one mentoring program designed to create a strong bond between a mentor and a youth of the same gender aged 12 years or older. The program is quite unique in that each match is tailored to meet the needs of the participants. The visitation schedule and activities are chosen by the mentors and mentees themselves allowing for even the busiest individuals to find time in their calendar. [Due to Covid-19 health risks, matches meet virtually only.]Mentors are required to meet with their mentee in person for 4 hours per month, but that time can be divided in whichever way best suits the mentor and mentee's timetables. During their visits, mentors and mentees will spend time together at a public facility (or facilities) of their choice. The activity options are virtually endless! Whether you enjoy walking in the park, playing basketball, visiting museums, creative arts, cultural events, cooking classes, bowling, building robots, trying new foods or all of the above, you will find countless pursuits to enjoy with your mentee.

Matches are based on a variety of criteria including geographic proximity, personality type, common interests, hobbies and the goals the mentee and mentor wish to accomplish during their involvement with the program.

The first step to becoming a mentor is to register for an H4T Orientation Session to learn more about the program and determine if being a mentor may be a good fit for you. Orientation sessions are held via conference call and usually last about 30 minutes to 1 hour, so it is a very convenient introduction to the program. You can register for an upcoming H4T Orientation Session by visiting our webpage: http://www.fostercares.org/mentoring.

If you don't feel that you can make the commitment to become a mentor at this time but still want to help children in care, please visit http://www.fostercares.org/ to make a tax-deductible donation and/or learn about other volunteer opportunities. The Foster Care Support Foundation also accepts donations of gently used or new items at our distribution center located at 115 Mansell Place, Roswell, GA 30076. We rely fully on support from our community and greatly appreciate our volunteers and donors.

We hope you will join us to help children in care lead happy, healthy, productive lives.

Description

Mentors must be:
- 25 years or older (some exceptions for mentors aged 22-24 with experience on an individual basis)
-able to pass a background check
-must have access to a reliable vehicle and able to provide a valid driver's license and proof of current automobile insurance
-willing to commit to meeting in person with their mentee for a minimum of 4 hours per month [currently virtual-only due to Covid-19 concerns]
-willing to contact their mentee by phone, Skype, Facetime or similar method a minimum of one time per week
-willing to commit to mentoring their mentee for a minimum of 1 year
-willing to complete an orientation session and Hope 4 Tomorrow's training sessions
-willing to complete Mandated Reporter Training
- must submit a Hope 4 Tomorrow Mentor Application
- willing to be interviewed by Hope 4 Tomorrow staff
-willing to communicate regularly with program staff after being matched
-willing to attend additional training sessions if required

Our program is looking for patient, caring volunteers to mentor displaced teens aged 12 years or older. Our mentees reside in Cherokee, Cobb, Dekalb, Forsyth, Fulton, and Gwinnett counties. Hope 4 Tomorrow is a one-on-one mentoring program. Mentors will be matched with one youth of the same gender. Matches are based on geographic proximity, personality type, common interests, and the goals the mentee and mentor wish to accomplish during their involvement with the program. [Note: Due to Covid-19 concerns, our matches will meet virtually only, but we hope to get back to in-person visits soon.] Mentors will pick up their mentees using a reliable vehicle and spend time at public facilities of their choosing during their visits. The activities the mentors and mentors do together will be decided by the mentors and mentees themselves. Some examples of activities mentors and mentees enjoy together may include playing a sport, visiting a museum, studying at the library, dining out, going to the movies, or attending a learning seminar or class.

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