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OUR PROGRAM LINKS YOUTH, AGES 6-17, INVOLVED IN THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM AND/OR CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM WITH A MATURE,CARING ADULT IN THEIR COMMUNITY. THIS IS DONE WITH THE GOAL OF FOSTERING THE YOUTH'S DEVELOPMENT OF CHARACTER, COMPETENCE, SELF-CONFIDENCE AND SELF-ESTEEM ON A ON-ON-ONE BASED RELATIONSHIP WITH THEIR MENTOR. BY ENGAGING POSITIVE ROLE MODELS, YOUTH ARE EMPOWERED TO DEVELOP HIS/HER ABILITIES TO THEIR FULLEST EXTENT.
The youth referred to our program are between 6-17 years of age and are involved with the Juvenile Justice or Child Welfare System through Outagamie County Health and Human Services. The goal is to provide youth who are referred by their social worker with adult mentors who will inspire and empower them to succeed and prevent future involvement with "the system".
Mentors spend 4-8 hours a month (for a minimum of 6 months) to develop a positive and trusting relationship the youth can rely on. Mentors expose youth to new, healthy, and positive experiences that enhance self esteem and improve social skills. Ultimately, mentors unlock their potential and build upon strengths they never knew they had.
The mentor and youth are chosen to be matched according to interests, backgrounds, preferences, and personality. Mentors are provided with training, ongoing support, and the opportunity to attend several group outings with other mentor matches throughout the year. All youth participate voluntarily in the mentoring program, along with parent or guardian approval.