These programs provide positive role models and educational activities that promote healthy youth development.
Programs included are:
-The Mentoring Program
-After School Activities
A STORY: YOUTH MENTOR PROGRAM
When Carol first started mentoring Teresa, she was never certain where to bring her at the end of their session. The family was moving from one location to another every month. Over the course of the next year, Carol witnessed the family with young children move countless times.
The family has limited income, and qualifies for basic food, Medicaid, and has at times been on TANF due to medical conditions. Their life is tumultuous. Carol has been a steadfast figure in Teresa’s life for 3 years.
Teresa craves one-on-one attention, which Carol gives to her. They meet at least weekly for a minimum of 3 hours a week. After each visit, they journal about their time together, helping Teresa with her literacy skills. Once they spent the entire day in Seattle at the aquarium. Teresa, now in 7th grade, had never been to an aquarium before. She came home exuberant, and using her map, reviewed every exhibit with her family.
When asked what influence her mentoring relationship has had on Teresa, Carol recounts how Teresa has matured, is doing better at school academically, and is learning how to make decisions and express her needs. But Carol is quick not to take full credit for these developments. She feels the most important thing she has given to Teresa is undivided time, another reference point to see different activities, personalities, and opportunities for interacting in the world.