Help Teens in Foster Care Find HOPE!!!
The Training Resource Center (TRC) at WKU is collaborating with Murray State University’s Training Resource Center and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to provide HOPE for foster teens in Kentucky. HOPE is: Helping to Organize, Provide for and Empower youth. The goal of the program is simple: to help youth in out-of-home care (foster care) transition successfully into adulthood. You could be a mentor to a teen who lives in your community! We are looking for mentors that are at least 21 years old and can make a six month to one year commitment.
For more information, please call 1-877-994-9970. Please pass this on to anyone else who may be interested in this program!
HOPE COMMUNITY BASED MENTORING PROGRAM
Helping To Organize, Provide For and Empower Youth
• Why do youth need mentors?
Numerous research studies have proved that children need positive relationships with caring adults. While parents are usually there to fill this need, youth in out of home care situations don’t have this parental resource. Several studies also show that if caring adults are available to youth, they will be more likely to become successful adults themselves. Mentoring can actually be seen as an investment in children and the future!
• Who are the youth involved in the program?
The youth that are referred to the HOPE mentor program are ages 13-20 and are currently in the state’s out of home care system. The referrals are mostly self-referrals during a transition planning meeting with Independent Living Coordinators. Other referrals may be made by the youth’s Social Worker and regional Independent Living Coordinator.
• What kind of skills do I need to be a mentor?
When asked what makes a good mentor, youth have answered: Being open minded; easy to talk to; having good listening skills; being able to have fun; having knowledge of community resources; able to teach new things; not a parent; someone to look up to; someone who offers encouragement; someone who gives guidance; someone who is trust worthy.
• How much time is required to be a mentor?
After the screening process is complete and you are approved as a mentor then you will be required to have a minimum of two face to face contacts per month and a total of four hours per month. You must agree to maintain the mentee relationship at least six months to one year. The remaining contacts may be face to face, e-mail, texting, web cam, etc.
• What are the requirements for potential mentors?
Our program requires a rigorous screening and matching process to ensure that the youth/mentor relationship gets the best chance of being successful from the start. Having access to reliable transportation is a requirement for being a mentor. While employment or volunteer work in human services if helpful for a mentor of the youth it is not a requirement.
• What training will I receive if I am selected to become a mentor?
After you go through the orientation and screening process and all of your paperwork is completed you will be obligated to attend a training session. This will answer general questions and cover information on a number of topics to make your mentor/mentee relationship go as smoothly as possible.
Please join us at this orientation session to find out how you can
help a teen in your community
HOPE Mentor Program Orientation:
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Western Kentucky University
Tate Page Hall, Room 422
For more Information call:270-745-2523
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