San Diego County Foster Youth Mentor Program
Foster Youth Mentors are caring, stable adults who provide guidance, stability, friendship and encouragement to foster youth.
"None of us has gotten where we are solely bypulling ourselves up from our bootstraps. We gothere because somebody... bent down and helped us." Thurgood Marshall
Adult Role Models for Independent LivingFoster youyh ages 6-18 need consistent, stable adult role models to guide them to a successful life path. Numerous studies have shown that mentoring has a postive impact on youth- significantly reducing drug and alchol usage, improving school attendance, increasing academic performance, decreasing adolescent violence and teaching life and independent living skills. In fact, youth ages 16- 21 who have a mentor are more likely to participate in the County's Independent Living Skills Program ( ILS). The ILS goal is to help prepare youth as they age out of the foster care system.
Foster Youth Mentors Help in the Following Ways:
- Provide a stable, consistent and genuine friendship.
- Participate in a variety of social outings and local activities.
- Increase self-esteem by building on strengths.
- Improve self-reliance by joint decision making and goal setting.
- Promote self sufficiency by assisting with Independent Living Skills preparation.
- Assist with homework, the completion of a GED, high school diploma or perhaps a college degree.
Minimum Requirements for a Youth Mentor
- A one year commitment to a child.
- Minimum contact of 2 hours per week.
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Pass all criminal clearances.
- Participate in a interview.
- Attend a training session.
- Complete monthly activity reports.
- Provide current CA Drivers License.
- Provide proof of auto insurance.
- Adhere to the directives fo the child's social worker.
- Ability to interact and communicate clearly with professionals.