A good mentor can make a great difference in someone's life. A
good mentor helps, guides, shares knowledge, and enjoys doing it. When you choose to mentor a child, you accept an important
role in a young person's life. In today's hectic, fast-paced life style, there may seem to be little time to volunteer
as a mentor. However, becoming a mentor to a youth will prove to be beneficial for both the mentor and the mentee. There
are three stages that are part of mentoring: teaching, coaching and acting as a friend. As a part of these stages, there are
several steps that can be taken to ensure the experience is empowering to both the mentor and the mentee.
"It's All About Y.O.U." (Youth Opportunities Unlimited) Youth
Mentor Program is an exciting and innovative program to help youth build career plans and skills, prepare for school completion,
post-secondary training and productive work by providing structured and supportive relationships with trusted adult mentors.
It targets young people between the ages of 12 and 17 who are at-risk for dropping out of school, facing legal troubles, or
are at risk for delinquency due to issues such as abuse, disability, drug or alcohol dependence, or gang membership. We also
support the families of enrolled youth by providing community service information, classes on youth development and other
support as needed.
"It's All About Y.O.U."
will recruit, train and support volunteer mentors to engage youth in promoting their career development and life skills.
We take great care of our volunteers because we understand that you don’t HAVE TO do this. You are doing it from the
goodness of your heart. Volunteer mentors will be great for the job.
We require the following:
Recruit from underrepresented populations, people familiar with targeted youth, knowledgeable
about career exploration, and from multiple community sources
Personality matches between mentors and mentees are essential
Pass extensive background check, criminal history check and Child Protective Services Registry check for clearance
to work with children. Persons with felony convictions will certainly be considered if 5 years has passed since completion
of the sentence.
Three personal references
Six hours of training and orientation
Individual and group mentoring services to recruited youth
Minimum of four hours of mentoring monthly
One-year minimum mentoring commitment
"It's All About Y.O.U." at 225-923-2437 to get more details.
To participate in "It's
All About Y.O.U." Youth Mentor Program, you:
Must be between ages 12 - 17
desire to learn about your career path and career options
Could benefit from a positive role model and friend
Will gain support and knowledge about setting and achieving goals
Could benefit from guidance, support and a positive way to be a part of the community
May have a disadvantaging condition