The pivot to virtual meetings during the pandemic has made facilitating meaningful mentoring relationships very difficult. While traditional in-person mentoring is on hold, our innovative team developed a new addition to our Youth Empowerment Umbrella to meet an immediate community need that also addresses safety requirements.
Youth Empowerment Group Mentoring seeks to place youth (ages 12 - 15) who are on probation with a mentor from the probation/juvenile justice system to build life and workforce development skills. The first four mentees and mentors met virtually in January and interest in the program is on the rise.
The program goals for youth are to increase workforce readiness and accountability, build positive relationships and prevent additional interactions with the juvenile justice system.
The mentoring team is excited to rebuild our robust programs in 2021, but we can’t do that without help! Will you donate today to help us continue mentoring opportunities such as Youth Empowerment Group Mentoring? DABSJ’s mentoring program is 100% funded by financial gifts, so the support of our community is vital to advance this valuable support. If you would still like to help by collecting pledges in support of Mentoring Services consider starting a Facebook fundraiser. It's a great way to help spread our mission and let others know you believe in the power of mentoring!
Thank you for all you do to make a lasting difference in the lives of youth, parents and families!
Director of Family Preservation Services