Mentoring Youth for Leadership is a program funded by a grant through the Department of Justice and Juvenile Prevention in partnership with Leadership Foundations (leadershipfoundations.org) to provide mentoring for youth. The purpose of the program is to connect youth with an adult mentor whose role is to be a trusted adult friend, positive role model, a companion, and a nurturer of potential in the youth’s life.
Research has shown that mentoring greatly benefits the academic, social and emotional development and well-being of youth. Mentoring Youth for Leadership seeks to provide opportunities for youth to build healthy relationships, develop passions, contribute to community, and grow personally. Justice for All believes that mentoring can make a huge difference in providing a source of motivation, encouragement and inspiration for both mentees and mentors.
Through Justice for All’s partnership with Leadership Foundations, Justice for All has access to excellent online training materials for mentors, as well as mentees and their parents that help participants learn more about the relationship, expectations and aspects that will make them be more successful in connecting with one another and creating a long-term relationship.
Positive experiences that participants have had with the Mentoring Youth for Leadership program so far include the following:
“We talk about a lot together” – mentee
“Learning more” – mentee
“Having someone else other than Mom & Dad to talk to” – mentee
“She really seems to enjoy talking with me” – mentor
“[We] have really been enjoying our time with the kids” – mentor
“Very thorough” – parent “[We] have enjoyed getting to know each other…we have similar interests and are reading a book together that we both enjoy.” – mentor
“Different perspective” – mentee
Youth mentee applicants need to do the following:
- Fill out an application
- Complete an online training course
- Be available to meet with their mentors weekly for half an hour or biweekly for an hour
Parents of youth mentees need to consent to their youth’s participation in the program and complete and online training course
Adult mentor applicants are required to do the following:
- Fill out an application
- Complete a criminal background check
- Provide personal and professional references
- Participate in an in-person interview
- Be available to meet with their mentee weekly for half an hour or biweekly for an hour
Mentors are also required to complete online and in-person training as well as ongoing support activities and monthly check-in communication provided by Justice for All Mentoring Youth for Leadership Program Coordinators Noemi DeWeerd (Sioux County) and Beth Judd (Lyon County).
Download an application here or pick up a copy at the JFA or ATLAS of Lyon County office.
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