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The mission of the Tabor Children’s Services Mentoring Program is to empower youth ages 16-21 who are preparing to leave the child welfare system through the means of a mentoring relationship. Through a partnership with BCC&Y, a mentoring program has been incorporated as part of the continuum of care of Tabor’s Adolescent Initiative Program (AIP). The AIP supports a mentoring specialist who facilitates a program that helps adult volunteers form healthy and lasting relationships with youth in order to provide them with confidence, stability, and life skills.
Overview: Tabor Children’s Services (Tabor) and Bucks County Children & Youth (BCC&Y) have partnered to create a mentoring program for youth ages 16-21 as they prepare to leave the foster care system. Adolescence is often a difficult time for the average youth. For youth associated with the foster care system, adolescence presents additional challenges as they have limited familial support.
Youth do receive support from their BCC&Y caseworkers as well as the staff of Tabor’s Adolescent Initiative Program (AIP). However, once they turn 21, services are no longer available to them. Therefore, youth would greatly benefit from a mentoring relationship that could continue past their 21 st birthday.
The needs of the youth vary with each individual. Some need academic guidance while others need career support. All could simply use a friend who is not paid to be there. A mentor could offer insight, consistent support, and introduce them to new ideas.
Tabor and BCC&Y firmly believe that, at the very least, all youth deserve one person who wants to be a part of their lives, one person who believes in them unconditionally. Tabor and BCC&Y are delighted to offer support to these youth through helping to facilitate mentoring relationships.