COPY connects safe and appropriate adults as mentors for children with an incarcerated parent.
COPY works with children between the ages of five and fifteen living in Deschutes County. Volunteers are provided a six-hour training class. Fingerprint based background checks are required. Volunteers commit to spending two to three hours with a child every week for one year.
I've volunteered with this program for over four years and it's been a wonderful experience. When I started, the girl I mentor was almost held back from second grade due to lack of attendance ~ she is now in sixth grade and receives all A & B students. I have friends who volunteer in the program who have similar experiences - it's amazing what a constant, reliable presence can make in a child's life. The commitment is a couple of hours per week for one year ~ once we crossed the one year mark, both my "mentee" and I wanted to continue. Even when I'm the most tired and don't want to hang out with her, I quickly forget my woes the minute we get together. It's a great opportunity and I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking to work more in-depth with a child...and who is wanting to make significant difference in both their mentee's and their own life!